WINNER: Elveden CofE Primary and Forest Academy, BrandonExcellence in Collaboration - winner

These two schools, despite their very different settings, demonstrate the positive impact that successful collaboration can have on outcomes for children. The two schools are vastly different in size and make up, yet share their head teachers. These two schools have a collaborative approach and a shared ethos, and have achieved successful outcomes and enthusiastic learning environments for their children. Data measures in Maths and English are above the national level in both schools. Not only that, but earlier this year Elveden was inspected and graded outstanding by Ofsted, with many aspects of their collaborative practice commented on extremely positively in the report.

Shortlisted Finalists

  • Waveney and Blyth Schools Partnership

Bungay Primary School, Edgar Sewter Community Primary School, Holton St Peter Community Primary School, Ilketshall St Lawrence School, Wenhaston Primary School.

These five schools have been working together for several years, and recently formed the Waveney and Blyth Schools Partnership. The skills of staff are shared and utilised across the partnership, and shared staff appointments have been made to benefit all the schools. On ‘partnership days’ children from each phase go to one school to all work on a particular topic. This gives pupils the chance to meet other children that they are likely to attend secondary school with and teachers the opportunity to work alongside teachers from other schools. It also gives the teachers scope to moderate pupils’ work across the schools, and the benefits of the partnership have been praised in Ofsted inspections.

  • Newmarket Academy

 Newmarket Academy was nominated by West Suffolk College for their collaboration in establishing a brand new Animal Care unit at the academy. Students that were passionate about a career in the animal care sector were having to travel long distances to access these courses, so Newmarket Academy were approached by the College to set up a dedicated centre. These courses are aimed at students wanting to pursue a variety of careers including veterinary nurse, kennel worker, zookeeper, animal behaviourist, and animal conservationist. This new provision is located within the Newmarket Academy, meaning that West Suffolk College students are able to use Academy classrooms, IT facilities, refectory and sixth form centre on a truly collaborative basis.