HRH The Princess Royal
Sir Terence Conran
Dear Students, Parents and Friends|
It has been an exciting and action packed year for the AMR.TC Communiversity!
Visitors to AMR.TC have continued to be impressed by our purposeful learning ethos, the cheerful atmosphere created by the good manners of our students and their understanding of how to achieve their life chance goals.
VIPs include Mr Patrick Diamond, the Prime Minister’s personal adviser on Education, Sir Lyndon Jones and Professor Tim Brighouse from the London Challenge team, Mr Simon Hughes, one of our local MPs and friends of AMR.TC, The Rt Hon James Ogilvy & Mrs Oglivy.
Visits by AMR.TC Ambassadors to tell others about our achievements and to inform them of our Communiversity project in order to enlist their support, have been extremely well received.
In April, Rolake Olawole, Nicola Hurley, James Adeogun and Stefan Ansah were presented to the Princess Royal when she launched the Columba 1400 charity in Easterhouse, Glasgow. All four AMR.TC Ambassadors then very capably led discussion groups for potential funders and wealthy individuals. Nicola and Stefan also participated in a Panel Question & Answer session.
Other visits by the team include going to interview His Excellency, the Hungarian Ambassador in his residence in Belgravia, making a presentation and leading a seminar discussion at the National Specialist Schools’ Conference in Birmingham and being trailblazers in an innovative DfES project on “Mentoring via the Internet” devised with AMR.TC in mind to link with a Technology Academy in San Diego, USA.
Working in partnership with the Design Council has continued to be both educationally stimulating and highly interesting. We are honoured to have had Sir Terence Conran revisiting as part of Designers into Schools Week. Furthermore, AMR.TC has been featured in the Financial Times and the Guardian newspapers and on BBC1 and BBC News24 when the Furniture for the Future competition winners were announced. In addition, we are now embarking on a three year procurement project to explore ways of designing a strategy for getting more value for our money.
Finally, as the Principal of AMR.TC, I have been proud to have been guest speaker on a number of occasions this year throughout the country. People are impressed by what they see from our videos and slides and by what they learn of our progress. I know that without the hard work of everyone pulling together none of this would have been possible. We are now in the happy position that the AMR.TC Communiversity project has been adopted by the DfES Innovation Unit and I look forward to telling you in the not too distant future about the plans for the re-build of our facilities.
With many thanks to you all for your continued and lively support,
Wendy DC Parmley