Founder of The Alternative School 2007, Community Governor of Oswaldtwistle Short Stay School and Freelance Consultant and Trainer, supporting other social entrepreneurs to `make the difference`
Ability to motivate and inspire others encouraging high aspirations for all, creating a positive environment for learning and teaching to take place with a sense of well being embedded.
Firstly may I thank you for inviting me (again)! (TAS 2015 Awards’Evening) I have to say that, hand on heart, I found the evening to be a bit of a humbling experience for me personally. Irrespective of how some of these young people end up at TAS instead of mainstream school it really struck home that, apart from the exam accreditations and DoE stuff etc, the self-esteem and confidence you instil in them is immeasurable as they move on into adult life. I don't think this aspect can be understated when you think of some of their background history and self-worth prior to entering your provision.
It is very apparent that the time, effort and individualised curriculum applied to these young people can indeed be time well spent. They were all a credit to you. I also felt that there was a distinct overall 'feel good' factor around the place that emanated from a very compact and very well motivated 'team'.
It is refreshing in the current climate that there are people like yourselves who actually do care about the outcomes for some of our most vulnerable children and do something about it rather than mjust talking about it (like me)!
Yours, truly humbled,
John C Thompson Area Pupil Access Officer - East
Kirsty-Anne does some amazing work as the founder and head of The Alternative School (TAS). The range and balance of curriculum she has developed there means that pupils who attend often turn their lives and their futures completely around. Kirsty-Anne's ability to see past the obvious and not to settle for an "at least their doing something" approach means she sees the potential in each of the kids that she works with and steers them towards wanting to push their own boundaries, letting them understand that their futures are in their own hands.
I would thouroghly reccommend the tireless work of Kirsty-Anne and the fantastic staff she inspires to follow her lead.
Sean Hurley - Founder Perspectives 100