SPIRA – Fulfilling our responsibility as a Building Schools for the Future (BSF) One School Pathfinder
SPIRA is Stanley Park High’s Innovation and Research Academy which offers a range of tours and programmes in order to share our professional learning with others. Our intention is not to provide a model for others to copy, to peddle tool kits and templates, but to open your eyes to the exciting possibilities that innovation can provide for your communities. For us, innovation has been fully embraced: a schools within a school structure; energising learning environments; a widely acclaimed curriculum, with project-based learning in KS3 and a broad vocational offer at KS4/5; authentic assessment, including our student-led conferences, as well as a unique approach to professional learning as the bedrock of school improvement.
A School for the Future
2006, Stanley Park High was extremely fortunate to be designated one of only 38 ‘One School Pathfinders’ in England. Such schools were a variant within BSF, a programme of unprecedented scale and vision. Its ultimate goal was not just about new buildings, but to reimagine learning for the 21st Century and lead the transformation of the educational experience of every young person and teacher in the country
Accepting the status quo and continuing to follow the standard education model that dominated English secondary schools was not an option. The 38 Pathfinders had to be innovative and forward thinking in their curriculum, pedagogy and assessment in order to prepare students for life in the 21st Century.