I was recently delighted to have been appointed as Principal of Torquay Academy; I will be joining the school in January. During my three days of interviews I met some wonderful students, colleagues and governors. It is a very exciting time to join the Academy: results are increasing, it is located in a £26m state of the art building with outstanding sporting facilities and it formed a multi-academy trust with the local Boys’ Grammar School. I am looking forward to spending time in my new school over the coming months and excited about the arrival of the new year.
I will be very sad to leave the wonderful Devonport High School for Boys after four years. In addition to spending time with the most inspiring students and staff, my time at DHSB has been the perfect apprenticeship for my first headship. We have achieved during my time at the school; that is thanks to a wonderfully supportive staff and leadership group. My departure does present an opportunity for somebody to join DHSB as Deputy Headteacher – you can find more information about the post on the school’s website.
The above picture is of three of my students who recently met Stephen Fry in London whilst they were attending the National Finals of the Teen Tech Awards. James, Kamran and Ollie had a discussion with Stephen about a project they are working on called Thinkspace. They describe Thinkspace as being ” a space in schools around the world where students can come and learn how to create these websites and apps – and it is student led. We’re hoping to pick out the next Jack Dorsey’s, Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg’s and we believe this is possible with Thinkspace”. I think this video, feating messages from Stephen Fry, Steve Wozniak, Jimmy Wales (to name just a few of their supporters) is the best way of explaining it…
They launched Thinkspace last Thursday and it attracted even support from their celebrity bakers; 12 million people will have been exposed to the tweets supporting them from Richard Branson, Rory Cellan-Jones plus the line up from the video.
They appeared on BBC regional news.
There have been lots of articles written about the boys and Thinkspace:
Pictures of the Thinkspace at DHSB: