As part of a long-term, school-wide initiative to develop our students’ cultural capital, we are going to be giving each of the spaces in our school an identity linked to a significant person. Each department has been asked to select people who represent their subjects, blending historical and contemporary figures and seeking to achieve a balance gender and ethnicity. The selection process in each department included staff and student input which generated some heated debates at the end of last term. We haven’t quite finished it yet; some departments are still deliberating and we have the Library and Main Hall still to be named. Across the whole list we’re also intending to make sure it represents LGBT and disability role-models so there will be some final tweaking to be done.
Inside and outside each room there will be a simple prominent display highlighting the person’s contribution to the disciplines they are associated with. Students will encounter these people as they move around the school; they will become part of the fabric of the building and the backdrop to their learning. Since many of the people chosen will seem fairly obscure at first, students will have cause to stop and think about who they are and teachers will have lots of talking points.
Collectively, the people we have selected symbolise many of the values and attitudes we want our students to adopt around academic learning or striving for excellence or making a difference to society in some way.
So – here is the list so far. A work in progress….
|Name||Room||Faculty / Dept|
|Abraham Maslow||Nurture||Student Support|
|Carol Ann Duffy||EN5||English|
|Margaret Ann Bulkley||Hu2||Humanities|
|Patricia Hill Collins||Hu7||Humanities|
|John Maynard Keynes||BS1||Business and Economics|
|Igor Ansoff||BS2||Business and Economics|
|Deborah Meaden||BEC||Business and Economics|
|Edward de Bono||BEC1||Business and Economics|
|Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart||PR5||Music|
|John Cage||PR6 (Quiet room)||Music|
|John Paul Jones||PR8||Music|
|Maria Montessori||WellBeing Centre||Student Support|
|Louis Braille||Literacy Room||Student Support|
|Hellen Keller||Intervention Room||Student Support|
|Sigmund Freud||Counselling Room||Student Support|
|Nelson Mandela||Office||Student Support|
|Thomas Coram||Staff Base||Student Support|
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