Visualising a vision

It’s been 16 months since I took up my first headship at the wonderful Torquay Academy and it’s time to open up the blog again…  It’s been a (steep) learning curve, but I will save that for another post in the future.  I think it is sufficient to quote Leo McGarry from the West Wing “fake it till you make it”; I hope I am now starting to make it!

We had the pleasure of welcoming our Regional Schools Commissioner, Sir David Carter, to school yesterday.  During our tour Sir David took a photo of our school vision and tweeted it.  This led to me getting a number of messages asking to see a full image.

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The image is based upon our Vision 2020 document that was written by our staff and other stakeholders.  I used the INSET session on my first day to gather the ideas of colleagues as to the type of school they wanted to work in by 2020.  I highlighted 12 areas of the school and our work grew into a rather lengthy document (TA Vision 2020 v12).  I wanted a rather more digestible Vision 2020 that could be shared with students, parents, governors…  I contacted the brilliant Joel Cooper, who I had met at a SSAT conference, in the hope he could bring our vision to life.  He produced this version initially:

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Joel then made some adjustments so it would fit on our 8 x 2m wall.  It was fitted by local sign writer, Dean.  We are delighted with the results.  I will often talk to students during the day in front of the wall and discuss various aspects of our vision.  I also love the images and often use them in assemblies.



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