28 Feb

Welcome back to rather wet, windy and snowy week, I hope you all had a wonderful half term.

On Monday all the staff had a training day and staff were offered a variety of training to support them in their role; there was First Aid training, curriculum leads attended a leadership course and staff also attended a session with Professor Barry Carpenter who came to talk to the staff about how we create mental wealth.

This week seems to have gone so quickly. On Thursday, I met with our chair of governors Cathy and key staff to undertake this term’s management board. One of the areas we looked at was how the enterprise on offer had grown over the years. I spoke to Cathy about how we are using a design company to help the students create and design a portable event space. Jon Large and his team came into college last term but only worked with a select group of students, who thought about how this type of enterprise could be used and the value it would offer. The students have adopted the name ‘FlexiSpace’ for the project. Following on from this, Jon and his team will be coming into college on Friday 6th and Monday 9th March to work with all the students. The work they do with the students will be very hands on and creative and hopefully after the 2 days we will have a better understanding of how the event space will work and enhance the enterprise that the college runs. I will be sending a letter out with more details as some of the students may wish to come in on Friday to join in this work.

We have been busy this week with the final preparations for our new cafe, The Roxy, which officially opened on Friday at The Guinness Partnership in Hollinwood. Our first day saw us serving over 250 staff and we are looking forward to our students playing a key role in our new enterprise. Thank you to all our staff and students for their hard work in getting the project started!

I hope you have a lovely weekend,

Jaina
Head of College

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