On the evening of 31st March 2019, I received a text message from Dave Whitaker, wishing me the best of luck with my first headship, which was about to begin on 1st April 2019. And this was no April Fools!
The 1st April 2019 was a defining and very proud moment for my career but more importantly it signalled the first of the four new schools to be opened across Lincolnshire, replacing some very inadequate provision, which Lincolnshire’s most vulnerable young people had been taught in for many years.
Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding, officially opened on 1st April for 63 young people living in the South of the County. The school “will” provide these young people with an environment that will support their academic and social, emotional development. It will allow staff to deliver; engaging, creative and bespoke learning opportunities and provide the young people with positive moments that will remain with them for a lifetime. Unfortunately, due to some unforeseen circumstances, we will have to wait a little longer before we move into our brand-new building, January 2020 (at the latest!), hence my “will’ above. However, this should not take anything away from the mammoth challenge the staff at Spirngwell Lincolnshire and Wellspring Academy Trust have taken on and are achieving with the opening of four new schools across Lincolnshire. Nor, should anything be taken away from the staff that continue to work in temporary accommodation proving a fantastic educational offer and consistently demonstrate love and care to our young people. I am very fortunate to work with some amazing colleagues.
Springwell Alternative Academy Spalding is the first ginormous step in providing a better future for Lincolnshire’s most vulnerable young people, and I am extremely proud to be part of this adventure.
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