Telling the remarkable story of Harrop Fold School in Salford, from their unprecedented £2.5m debt to being featured in the BAFTA-award nominated Educating Greater Manchester TV series.
Drew Povey was one of the youngest Heads in the country when he was appointed aged 32 in 2010. Through sheer determination and strong, visionary leadership, Drew and his management team (including his two brothers) have wiped out the £600k a year deficit and are reducing the huge debt - while continuing to get standout results from pupils.
His book reveals the untold story of their struggles, and the unique leadership style that has seen a quite stunning turnaround in a school once labelled one of the worst in the country.
‘A honest and refreshing account of leading a school in challenging circumstances. Drew demonstrates his relentless determination and passion to improve the community of Little Hulton in an inspiring and entertaining tale. A must read for anyone working in schools.’ Dan Roberts, Headteacher at Devonport High School for Boys, Plymouth
‘Once I started reading this book, I found it annoyingly hard to put down! It’s not really a leadership book. Nor is it a book about how to do school improvement. Instead, it is a disarmingly honest and charming account of the joys and challenges of working in a difficult but intensely rewarding school community. Drew describes his own leadership approach as quirky. And it probably isn’t everyone’s cup of tea. But knowing he was a right pain at school himself and, for example, seeing him giggling at the (by now) legendary #VanGate incident alongside turning the school round, makes this a delightful read from cover to cover.’ Andy Buck, Managing Director #honk,â€¨Founding Director Leadership Matters
‘Utterly gripping and very funny. An account of how it is possible to transform schools and communities through strength of will, humanity and absolute perseverance. A must read for all in the sector.’ Mary Myatt, author, school adviser
‘I'm a sucker for anything school-based, uplifting and northern, so when all three come together, I'm hooked. But whilst the Educating Greater Manchester TV show is one of the best things I've seen this year, Drew Povey's book is even better. It is the story of how the school we see on our screens came to be. It left me feeling inspired, frustrated and heartbroken in equal measure. Above all it left me with the sense that with passion, spades of hard-work, and a down-right unwillingness to give up, absolutely anything can be achieved.’ Craig Barton, (northern) maths teacher, TES Maths Adviser, and the creator of mrbartonmaths.com and diagnosticquestions.com
|No of pages||132|
|Publication Date||9 Oct 2017|