Colden Junior and Infant school is a small rural primary set in a beautiful location in the Pennines. Following a significant leadership change at the school, the Governing Body were keen to develop a long-term strategy to ensure the sustainability of the school and to firmly articulate its values in the light of current education policy.
I developed a process which provided not only extensive consultation with stakeholders around their vision for the school but also a strong sense of ownership of the outcomes by the whole school community.
Parents, pupils, staff and governors attended a Saturday morning workshop where they engaged in a range of activities which promoted consideration of the future world the children of today will grow up in, and identified the values, attitudes, skills and capabilities they would need to thrive. Random selection from each stakeholder group ensured that a wide range of voices were represented – not just the ‘usual suspects’.
The outputs from the day were collated into a vision and mission statement for the school. This now provides a clear sense of direction. The vision statement has since been used as the starting point for a ‘Theory of Change’ approach to strategy development. Further stakeholder engagement activities have helped the Governing Body to develop the strategy and action plan for the coming years.
The vision has also been illustrated by pupils to provide a very attractive marketing tool.