On 10th March the school presented a one day conference on the theme of ‘Creativity and the Creative School’. Held in association with the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, the event enabled school leaders to showcase the ground breaking work that the school is doing in this area of education. The conference was attended by delegates from as far away as Grimsby and Northern Ireland and was a resounding success. Although Headteacher Martin Williams and Deputy Headteacher Irene Large have presented at national venues before on the subject of creativity this was the first occasion when delegates could spend a day at the school seeing its work for themselves.
Delegates enjoyed multi-media presentations on the school’s approach to creativity, learning through making, and building a creative school. Charlie Parsons, who manages and develops the school’s Electronic Learning Environment and website, gave a demonstration of how the school creatively uses the latest technologies to support learning. Each conference session began with some inspirational singing provided by the students including a stirring and accomplished duet of ‘You Raise Me Up’. Delegates particularly enjoyed a visit to the cross curricular Making Room and were impressed by the extent of the creativity evident in all areas of the curriculum. Irene Large said, “It was a wonderful day, sharing ideas with colleagues. There is already demand for us to repeat the event in the summer.”