Winner of Excellence in Collaboration
Otley and Witnesham Federated Primary Schools
The judging panel felt that this forward-thinking partnership showed a good example of a successful federation of schools. It has enabled these two small rural schools to thrive, maintain Good Ofsted judgements and, most importantly, enhance the provision for their pupils. They successfully share best practice and hold partnership events between the schools.
Melton Day Nursery
The nursery works closely in collaboration a number of local schools and other early years settings, by sharing best practice, recording children’s learning paths in a portfolio and reflective teaching. Other ways they work together include school teachers visiting the nursery to see their approaches and the nursery team also visiting the schools, and this quality collaboration helps to support children’s transition from nursery to primary school.
North Suffolk Skills Academy
The academy offers vocational courses on a wide range of subjects and work in partnership with local employers, including BAE Systems and the RAF, to train students in careers where there is local need and growing industries. Based in Halesworth, it is operated as a successful collaboration with a number of high schools in the area.