Incorporating 14-19 Education at:
Downend School : The Grange School
Hanham High School : Kingsfield School
Mangotsfield School : The Sir Bernard Lovell School
And City of Bristol College - Soundwell Centre
To whom it
I am very
pleased to be able to provide an open testimonial for James Lee
(D.O.B 01.12.79) who has had two fixed-term contracts in the Kingswood
Partnership, including five months in 2004 and four months in
Partnership, comprising six secondary schools and a college of
further education on the outskirts of east Bristol, has worked
collaboratively for over ten years in order to provide increasingly
high quality and efficiently delivered courses for approximately
7000 full-time students between the ages of 11 and 19. The Partnership
was selected in 2002 as one of twenty-five 14-19 Pathfinders by
the Department for Education and Skills. The aim of the Kingswood
Partnership Pathfinder, now in its third year, is to develop a
broad, inclusive and vocationally relevant 14-19 curriculum framework,
based on a diploma model, which will raise levels of achievement
and participation of all young people in the Kingswood area. As
part of this programme of development, the Partnership is working
with a Melbourne-based company called Etechgroup to develop a
web-based extranet system that will support a personalised approach
worked previously for Etechgroup whilst living in Melbourne and
we were fortunate enough to secure his services for two fixed
periods as part of his extended travelling in Europe and further
afield. In the time that James has been with the Partnership,
I have been highly impressed by his ability to respond to the
huge variety of tasks which has been passed his way, including:
training materials and designing of websites.
online resources in response to the requirements of guidance
staff in the production of subject-specific resources.
- Bug fixing,
system testing and advising Partnership staff on the design
constraints of the database-driven extranet.
groups of staff and individuals in all the centres in the Partnership.
to planning and innovation session.
with students of all ages, both in groups and individually.
has not had as yet any formal teacher training, he has demonstrated
both an excellent understanding of the aims of the educational
context in which he has been working, as well as a relaxed and
confident manner when working with both teachers and students.
He is a very quick learner and he is able to use his own initiative
when confronted with a problem and little guidance.
good communication skills and his ability to present information
in both formal and educational contexts has improved during the
time he that he has been with us. James' attendance and punctuality
have both been excellent - he has had 0 days absence for illness
during his two periods of time with the Partnership. James has
an excellent sense of humour, as well as a very positive attitude
towards his work, and, as demonstrated by his ambitious and courageous
travel plans, his personal life.
James has made a very valuable contribution to the development
of the Kingswood Partnership and his knowledge of learning environments
and of the design process will be sorely missed. If James was
not leaving to continue his travels and if funding allowed, we
would have no hesitation in offering James further employment
within the Kingswood Partnership.
Partnership 14-19 Co-ordinator
c/o Sir Bernard Lovell School, North Road, Oldland Common, Bristol,