Jamie McConville founded Great Leaps in 2005 when he first delivered a 'Motivation training' project for Mid Kent College, working with young people who where struggling within the mainstream educational setting. Although the first logo was questionable, it was the first step taken towards setting up Great Leaps.
As Great Leaps expanded and Jamie's teaching career progressed within Public Services and Functional Skills Mathematics Lecturing, the logo also went through a change in 2007, this time focusing on 'Training.'
Tonbridge and Malling Borough Council employed Great Leaps to deliver a staff training package for the Angel Centre in Tonbridge, involving multi-sports and activity planning for the centre's recreation teams, in preparation for their youth summer clubs. This work led to the delivery of the Day Certificate in Sports Leadership through Sports Leaders UK, providing Teachers and Youth Workers with various activity engagement methods and safe working practices for use within their centres'.
As Jamie moved into Sports and Outdoor Adventure Activities Lecturing, Great Leaps continued to evolve its provision, leading to work with various Kent based schools delivering leadership-focused programmes, through the Sports Leaders Level one, two and three pathways.
In 2010, Great Leaps changed its logo again, switching from activity delivery, to quality management and improvement practices for a range of Level two, three and four programmes on the Active IQ, BTEC, Highfield and YMCA qualifications framework.
In 2017 and 2018, Great Leaps was asked to consult on the 'Alternative education provision' for Kent based Pupil Referral Units, sourcing adventurous activities to re-engage excluded pupils and support their mathematics and English progression. This consultation led to further projects that involved writing qualification support packs for Level one and two NCFE Sport and Outdoor qualifications.
The logo changed again in 2018 when Great Leaps were asked to provide an activity provision for Medway Secure Training Centre.
This time, the design of the logo included a more personal touch (see if you can spot it) and Great Leaps Adventure Education was born. Through the success of the adventure education model, Great Leaps expanded its provision to include a youth offender reintegration and employability model, leading to the creation of a Community Interest Company (CIC), partnering with Graeme Pryke and Michael Anderson-Jones.
We begin the fourteenth year excited about the future of our provision model and what comes next.
Take a look at our announcements page or contact us if you would like to become involved.