St Bartholomew's C of E Primary School Partnership Links
Working Together To Achieve and Succeed
The strategic direction of the leadership of St Bartholomew’s C of E Primary School is driven by strong and highly productive partnership work. We are firm believers in the effectiveness of system leadership and how this can have a positive impact on the lives and education of all children. We strive to improve our own practice and develop leadership capacity through continued involvement in the following partnerships:
1. The Inner West Family of Schools
2. The Armley Cluster of Schools – in partnership with the Farnley Cluster of Schools
3. The Area Inclusion Partnership – supporting the inclusion of all children in education
4. Sustaining Success – a working party of 5 outstanding primary schools
5. The Yorkshire Inclusive Teaching School Alliance
6. Enhanced Partnerships with Bradford College and Leeds Trinity and All Saints University
The school believes that playing an active role in these partnerships has not only provided outstanding opportunities for continuous professional development of staff, but has provided the opportunity to positively impact children from both inside and outside our setting.
The Inner West Family of Schools
The Head Teacher is the chairperson of the Inner West Family of Schools. Through effective partnership work, schools in the family work collaboratively to drive both leadership and subject priorities forward. The family are committed to developing all staff and provide not only two annual joint training days, but also continuous training and development sessions throughout the year through the following Working parties:
• Support Staff
• School Business Managers/ Bursars
Leaders from each group work in collaboration to design and deliver yearly training sessions that are well attended by both school staff and staff from other schools in the family
The Armley Cluster – in partnership with the Farnley Cluster
The school has been a member of the Armley Cluster (ACES) for several years - Mrs Gavin OBE has been chairperson for the majority of these years. In autumn 2018, the Armley Cluster merged with the Farnley Cluster. The Extended Services Cluster Team for Armley is based at St Bartholomew’s. The team included a Targeted Services Leader, a Senior Family Support Worker, TAMHS and CAMHS councellors and an Attendance Officer. Schools are able to refer families and children for support from member in the team, through regular Support and Guidance meetings. Through cluster working schools are able to buy in training and support services in a more cost effective way.
The Area Inclusion Partnership
The school works in partnership with other schools in the west of Leeds to support children who are at risk of exclusion and who require intervention to manage their behaviour. The Head Teacher and Assistant Head Teacher attend the A.I.P meetings that are held at school, in which the Head Teacher is the Armley Cluster representative.
The Sustaining Success group of outstanding primary schools work in collaboration to share new ideas and key information that impact upon school effectiveness. Through effective partnerships with schools in this group, staff have had the opportunity to visit other settings that are very different from their own. They have formed productive relationships with other colleagues and as a result, fresh ideas have been implemented in school.
The school has utilised the expertise of a National Leader of Education, who is a member of the Sustaining Success Partnership, to provide training for the Family of Schools. The aim of the training was to develop the skills and expertise of school leaders. The National Leader is working as an external advisor with the school to assist in the development of school priorities.
The Yorkshire Inclusive Teaching School Alliance
The school is a member of the Yorkshire Inclusive Teaching School Alliance and has worked in partnership with colleagues from member schools to provide high quality teacher training as part of the Schools Direct Programme. Senior leaders were part of the team of member schools
that initially designed the Schools Direct Training Programme. Previously members of staff have delivered training and development sessions to the cohort of students in areas such as subject leadership. The school has successfully trained six salaried schools direct students and hosted alternative placements for other students in the alliance.
Enhanced Partnerships with Bradford College and Leeds Trinity and All Saints University
The school is strongly committed in supporting and developing students and teachers new to the profession and providing them with the very best training opportunities possible. One of the school’s Assistant Head Teachers is a member of the steering committees at both Bradford College and Leeds Trinity and All Saints University. Bradford College have also awarded the school with the annual partnership award on several occasions. Feedback from Link Tutors and students is highly complementary of the support and opportunities the school has provided. The school has supported Bradford College in a recent Ofsted inspection where members of staff were interviewed and were observed providing feedback to trainees. This was likewise during a mock Ofsted of Leeds Trinity and All Saints University. On both occasions the school received excellent feedback from inspectors who were very complimentary on how the school coaches and mentors students.
Local Authority school-to-school support
In previous years, the school has worked in partnership with the Local Authority to provide school to school support. All staff were involved in this process and were skilled and confident in the sharing of ‘outstanding’ practice and provision, aimed at schools with a high number of BME children. Feedback from these schools was very positive and the effectiveness of support provided referenced in their OFSTED inspections. We are a firm believer that school-to-school support is highly beneficial for both schools involved and as a result, our practice and provision is constantly evaluated and enhanced.