Steel Factory Visit – more photos

More photos from the Steel Factory Visit, where students were selected to sign a piece of steel and see how the steel structure for our school is being taken from design to completion.

CEO of High Tech High promises to visit

Larry Rosenstock, the CEO of High Tech High, San Diego promised to visit our school when it opens. Larry is the reason Andy and I started on this journey after our trip to his amazing school, and I was privileged to meet him at an educational conference this Tuesday.

During his keynote, Larry showed us some data about his students that was amazing. Over 85% of the children that go to his non-selective school have gone on to graduate from University, as opposed to this typical picture of the UK.

The support we have received from HTH and from Expedtionary Learning’s Ron Berger has been overwhelming and this gives us the confidence to know that our school will be a brilliant success.

We look forward to Larry visiting when our school is open.



Who is Ron Berger?

Ron is a teacher and carpenter who lives in Amherst, Massachusetts, USA. His role as teacher at Shutesbury Elementary school allowed him to develop a pedagogy that is now being used in over 160 schools through his current work as Chief Program Officer of Expeditionary Learning.

His book, An Ethic of Excellence has inspired many practitioners to take a values driven pedagogy and deliver this practically through Expeditionary Learning Core Practices.

He is widely recognised as one of the best educators in the world.

Examples of his work can be seen below:

and here is a link to a recent article written by Ron.



An audience with Ron Berger

Ron Berger will be at Campsmount Academy, Doncaster for two days this June.

On Thursday 13th June, he will be talking to Secondary schools late afternoon / early evening.

On Friday the 14th June, he will be talking to Primary schools during the day.

Details are to be released shortly.

If you are interested in attending either day/evening, please contact me asap by emailing

Places will be limited, so get in touch now!


About Tait

Tait Coles is Vice Principal for Learning and Innovation at Dixons City Academy, Bradford.  He is excited about SOLO Taxonomy, Project Based Learning (PBL), leadership and pedagogy and developing independent and resilient learners. Tait is extremely interested in using “New Technologies” to engage and enthuse students. He is passionate about learning……it’s all about the learning.

You can view Tait’s blog here

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