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CEO Blog – Destinations Champions

CEO Blog – Destinations Champions

  CEO Blog - Destinations Champions I can't quite believe that we've made it to December already, but here we are, and the countdown to Christmas is well and truly underway! This week, I would like to point you all in the direction of our newest New Bridge...

CEO Blog – 24.11.23

CEO Blog – 24.11.23

CEO Blog - 24.11.23 Happy Friday, everyone. I'm keeping it brief this week, but I wanted to give you an update on what's been going on behind the scenes at New Bridge... I met with the Directors at New Bridge Horizons, talking about the exciting partnerships we build...

CEO Blog – 17.11.23

CEO Blog – 17.11.23

CEO Blog - 17.11.23 This week has been another busy week for all of us at New Bridge, and I'm proud of our staff teams for pulling together and continuing to offer our students and young people the very best, even when it's already dark by the time most of them are...

CEO Blog – 10.11.23

CEO Blog – 10.11.23

CEO Blog - 10.11.23 This week, it has been good to see each of our sites commemorating Remembrance Day in their own way. The creativity and thought that our staff have put into these 'Remembrance' themed activities is brilliant, and testament to their ingenuity. It...

CEO Blog (3.11.23) – Welcome Back

CEO Blog (3.11.23) – Welcome Back

CEO Blog (3.11.23) - Welcome Back To everyone who has just had half term, I want to say, 'welcome back', and that I hope you had the opportunity to spend some quality time with friends and family over the break. This first term is usually the toughest, and the October...

Well, what an amazing experience!!

I’ve spent the last few days with the most remarkable and inspirational people from both Apple and school leaders from the UK.

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I’ve better understood the philosophy and ethos that drives one of the world’s largest companies and I have tried to understand how it impacts upon our children and families in the north of England.

I have concluded that our collective vision for our children and young people is really, really secure. We have core beliefs that permeate through our schools and organisations that value each and every individual.

I have felt privileged to work alongside some of our country’s best leaders. They all share a commitment to excellence.

Today we have developed our thinking in relation to innovation and how to ensure we, as schools, develop practice within the classroom. I am so enthused with the need to develop our schools’ technological solutions – not because I think that our children need to use electronic devices but because they are going to be a fundamental component in our children’s lives in the future. We are living in a technological world, whether we like it or not!!

I’d like to thank SSAT for the opportunity to come to the USA and experience a ‘WOW!’ moment. I’d like to extend an invitation to Apple to come to the North West to see how our schools go about educating our children and young people. Most importantly, I’d like to centre on the issue of everyone learning. Our mission statement, since our inception, has been ‘Learning Together, Learning for All, Learning for Life’. I’ve spent the last few days living that mission statement….and loving every second! Every day has the potential to be a learning experience.

I remember a number of years ago, our teams went to Cincinnati to seek out the very best worldwide practice in supported internships. Look at what we’ve achieved since – Bridging the Gap, Future Finders and our employment strategy. I would envisage that this trip will drive forward a technological revolution. Let’s be creative, let’s be radical, let’s embrace technology, let’s utilise the power of electronic devices to empower learning.

I’ve a long journey back home tomorrow but I’ll come into school on Monday morning with a renewed energy. Apple employees say they have the best jobs in the world – not a chance! Come and work alongside us and we’ll make a difference (as my grandmother used to say) with knobs on!

Have a great weekend,


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