Tag Archives: Inspire

Willow Weaving Workshop

23 Sep


On 16th of October we will be delighted to welcome Martin Brockman to our school to show our students how to create sculptures from natural woodland resources. Inspire students will benefit from the many, well documented benefits of working hands on, outside and as a group to create beautiful artwork which will contribute to our exhibition / show themed around Pandora’ s box.

Letters will be issued next week with more information.



(image 1 courtesy of http://www.emmastothard.com, another fabulous artist, image 2 shows Martin Brockman’s workshop from http://www.icouldreadthesky.com)


Gold medallist Tim Prendergast visits Inspire students

15 May



Tim Prendergast visited Inspire students today as part of Sky Sports Living for Sport Change Your Game programme.

He spoke about his ambitions as a child, before losing his sight, and tracked the highs and lows of his athletics career. Students were enthralled as he spoke about winning the Gold medal in Athens and felt inspired by his story of wanting to give up when he lost out on the medals in Beijing but finding faith in himself agin through the power of positive thought. Students also reflected that being the best you can be and ‘running the best race you can’ was more important than winning the medal. 

A variety of activities (including the rope of fear and guess the celebrity relay) encouraged students to think creatively and as a team, as well as improve communication and organisation skills. 


At the end of the session Tim was asked what the best piece of advice he had every been given was. He said “making one small change in your life, makes a massive difference to the outcome of it. Just by thinking positively and approaching things with a positive attitude, you will achieve more.”

Here’s a great photo of the group and of the gold medal too – which all the students were allowed to try on and hold – a very special day!


Photos have been sent on to local press and we look forward to seeing the story in print soon! Thanks to Tim and well done to all those who came along and got involved. 


2 May


Inspire students have been thinking about the hard work, drive and motivation needed for success prior to our visiting Paralympic athlete visit this month. As part of this work we considered what ambition students had when they were younger, perhaps at Primary school. For most of them this was crystal  clear and highly memorable. For many, they had either lost the desire to pursue this ambition or no longer thought it was possible. 

Students spent some time considering where they would like to be if they could see 10 years into the future. What job they would like to have and what else they would like to have achieved. 

We split up the goals and ambitions into:

I will: (writing down and committing to an achievable but challenging goal that requires dedication and hard work – e.g. pass three A Levels, attend University, become a professional writer)

I hope to: (writing down a dream, a ‘make your life’ goal – e.g. find the cure for a terminal illness, be the next world champion)

I might also: (things that may also happen as part of this plan – e.g. travel extensively, make a difference to others).

These ambitions were sealed in envelopes to be opened during the GCSE preparation as a reminder for why we work so hard in school and what it is all for.

So impressed with the bravery and honesty shown in this week’s session. Especially (but not exclusively) from the Year Nines. Wow. You guys are really growing up – and into really nice people!