Wednesday 12th February was a wonderful date for us, as the four members of the team went to an interview at the New Schools Network in London. This was in response to our application to join the New Schools Network Development Programme. We were delighted to hear on the Friday afterwards that our application had been successful, and so we are now on the programme.
The first event was a weekend conference in Pimlico for two of the team (Vim and Pauline attended). It was called ‘Getting Started’ and we were trained in a number of important areas, including our vision, rationale, education plan and finance. All these sessions will help us to produce the application to the Department for Education in September. On Monday we had a meeting with our New Schools Network advisor, Danielle. We discussed a number of important issues, but in particular some useful sources of data to assist in our DfE application.