October 2019 saw the first cohort of delegates commence the Wellspring Level One Leadership Development Programme. Six school leaders from across the Trust introduced themselves to the new cohort in Session One and from the very first session new and exciting professional links began to develop.
Over the four taught sessions subjects such as ‘The Leader in Me’, ‘What Type of Leader am I’, ‘Fierce Conversations’ and ‘How to swallow a Frog’ were openly discussed and debated. The course was facilitated by: Debby Tinker, Phil Willott, Neil Swain, Sarah Parker, Lisa Ashcroft-Day and David Mills.
Debby Tinker, Greenacre School, spoke passionately about the cohort and her experience of leading the programme:
‘The engagement from the cohort astounded and humbled all of the leaders as people opened up about their professional and personal
circumstances. The engagement was particularly noteworthy during the residential element of the course as we all enjoyed a post dinner quiz. In the final session delegates presented their learning to the group in the form of a presentation. The enquiries that had taken place in peer partnerships, supported by Mentor conversations led to an amazing afternoon of powerful, thought provoking and moving presentations. Everyone of the leaders commented on what a privilege it had been to be a part of developing the next phase of Wellspring Leaders.’
Congratulations to the following colleagues for successfully completing the programme:
Lindsey Wheater The Forest Academy, Nick Peace The Forest Academy, Jeremy Lonsdale Greenacre School, Andrew Wilson Greenacre School, Neal Watts Phoenix Park Academy. Kirsty Greenwood Bramley Park Academy, Michelle Ward Bramley Park Academy, Craig Skirrow Springwell Leeds South Site, Rebecca Buckingham Springwell Leeds South Site, Jayne Sausby-Gallimore Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding, Matthew Barnes Springwell Alternative Academy Lincoln, Miriam Reynolds Springwell Alternative Academy Lincoln.
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