Hull City Council – Building Schools for the Future Project
Building Schools for the Future is a government initiative to transform learning and deliver new opportunities for children and young people through new schools. In Hull, the BSF project has set itself a hugely ambitious programme to deliver a city-wide approach to renewing the whole of its secondary and special school estate by 2015. The plan to transform learning through BSF has been created by a newly formed “Learning Partnership” of all Head Teachers, Chairs of Governors, education and regeneration advisors, primary, secondary and post-16 providers and all of the Academy Sponsors. As a result the City and its partners will invest in excess of £400M into new school buildings and ICT to deliver 21st century facilities. Seven of the nine “community” secondary schools (including its three new Academies) will be brand new buildings with a programme of major remodelling for all the others. This will ensure the future for Hull students will be a bright one set to bring about big changes in the school environment to support new ways of teaching and learning.
Through BSF secondary education will be completely re-designed to meet the diverse needs of local communities in the near future and for generations to come. There will be new approaches to curriculum, using sport, ICT and fun to ensure children want to learn and teachers want to teach. New training and development packages for staff will aim to keep and attract a new, experienced and skilled workforce who are capable of developing the talents of students. Teachers will use state-of-the-art ICT and specially developed resources to ensure learning is personalised (aimed at what children want and need) and can adapt to meet the learning style and needs of 21st century pupils.
Children and young people will play an integral role in developing an understanding of their own needs and the sort of teaching and learning needed to prepare them for success, achievement and a future career so that no child in Hull is left behind.
The BSF and Academy programmes will also ensure each new school (“learning centre”) will become central to its own community, building-in flexible spaces for use as a community and extended service resource.
Hull City Council is an Associate Sponsor of the Archbishop Sentamu Academy.
Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF)
The DCSF is the government department responsible for education.
The government wants to bring about huge improvements in the quality of education provision, including ensuring our children have the very best facilities. This is the purpose of the Building Schools for the Future (BSF) programme.
Investment (around £2.2 billion each year) will be rolled out to every part of England over the next few years. The objective is that by 2011, every local authority will have received funding to renew the schools in greatest need in its area. Many will have rebuilding and remodelling projects under way through BSF, including through the academies programme.
Nationally by 2016, major rebuilding and remodelling projects will have started in at least three schools in every local authority. Here in Hull by 2015 all secondary and special schools will have been rebuilt or remodelled to totally transform the way education is delivered.
The key to the success of the project is strategic partnerships between all sections of the community. Archbishop Sentamu Academy has already begun this process.
Hull Primary Care Trust
Hull Primary Care Trust is one of the biggest employers in the City and has a large role to play in the regeneration programme. As a partner of Archbishop Sentamu Academy, the PCT will sit on the board of governors and make a significant strategic and practical contribution to the delivery of Health Science in the curriculum.
The PCT recognises major benefits for the community in its involvement with the Academy, including helping young people into careers in the health service, establishing work placement opportunities in health care and promoting community health schemes, such as smoking cessation courses, sexual health education and nutrition.
Maddy Ruff from Hull PCT, an Academy governor and Board member of the PCT, says the PCT is fully committed to playing a key part in the regeneration of Hull, and links with schools are crucial to its success. “The PCT is one of the biggest employers in the area. If we can help young people into employment, that is good for the local workforce and good for the community.”
Preston Road Neighbourhood Development Company Ltd
Preston Road NDC, a registered charity, was established in 2000 as part of a government initiative to empower local communities and give them the resources to tackle long-standing social issues, such as unemployment and anti-social behaviour.
The NDC is run by local people and serves the Preston Road area, where the new Archbishop Sentamu Academy building will be located after 2011. As the NDC works closely with schools and young people in the community, partnership with the new Academy was a natural step. NDC’s managing director Richard Davies is chair of the Academy’s Board of Governors.
In the future, the NDC will continue to work closely with the Principal to find ways to help young people in the Academy and across the community.
University of Hull
In a prime example of ‘joined up thinking’ in education, Hull University will work collaboratively with Archbishop Sentamu Academy to support Academy students’ vocational aspirations and career guidance needs, and to share best practice in the development of the new Academy model.
Working jointly with the new Principal, the University of Hull will develop outreach education for students in Health and Social Care and Business and Enterprise with Faculties of the university. The university will also, alongside York St John University, be offering training and continuous professional development opportunities for staff.
York St John University
York St John University has a long history of engaging with church schools. Its partnership with Archbishop Sentamu Academy will focus on translating the Church of England’s mission into the school culture. Initially, this will be achieved, within the context of the government’s school improvement agenda, through the development of Academy staff.
The University will offer staff development opportunities, including accredited programmes and personal development in leadership, coaching and/or mentoring. It will also work with the Academy to develop aspects of the curriculum, and help to build the school ethos in relation to faith, citizenship and ethics.
As a lead agency for the Aim Higher agenda, York St John will open dialogues with other relevant agencies to define strategies for raising aspirations among students at the Academy.
Hull Kingston Rovers
Hull Kingston Rovers’ Community Team is responsible for the club’s involvement with the community. Various secondary schools are already supported through the club’s prize and reward system which helps schools to provide incentives for youngsters to attain educationally, develop socially and maintain good attendance and behaviour. Community staff visit a variety of schools on a weekly basis to facilitate Junior Sports Leader courses and run some highly successful mentoring schemes.
As near neighbours when the Academy moves to its Preston Road site, Hull Kingston Rovers and the Academy are developing a strong partnership to promote healthy lifestyles and engage students in excitingly different ways of learning.