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Monday, 26 October 2015

#IPACALearn Looking Back... #1

As the Isle of Portland Aldridge Community Academy becomes closer to moving into our multi-million pound Maritime House Campus, I am using this time to look back. To reflect on our experiences, our shared beliefs and our vision for the future. Today, I am drawn to this post from the 'Building Portland's Future...Together' blog -

We got our official approval from DCSF TODAY (12th July 2009) - an exciting day for Portland. You can see some of the Government's press release at the bottom of this post.
In it, Ed Balls, then Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, said: "This is an exciting new step for Portland and the Academies programme. The idea of an all ages Academy is a recent innovation – the idea that an Academy could provide University places too is truly pioneering. Professor Heppell has a huge range of experience in educational innovation, both in this country and internationally. He is committed to improving education in Portland, and I believe that with the right
support his vision will be realised. With the Olympic Sailing base to be situated in Portland, this is a fitting Olympic legacy project for the island."
It's exciting to think how far we have come since 2009, the Olympics have long gone but we are now closer than ever to realising the above vision. Sometimes, it's good to look back...