At Harry Gosling we work with a range of partners to improve the outcomes for our pupils. Here are a few of our partnerships:
St Katherine’s Partnership
This partnership with four local schools has improved the support we can offer to parents through a range of workshops. This partnership has also led to opportunities for parents and pupils to work together of projects, for example, performing poetry together at the Royal Festival Hall. This partnership has provided the opportunity to work together and share good practice. It has also improved the transition process between primary and secondary for pupils and parents.
We work with a range of local businesses to improve the outcomes for our pupils. Business partners visit the school every week to offer 1:1 support to pupils in reading or maths and we have seen improved outcomes for the pupils involved in this. We have also identified opportunities for visits to local work places so that pupils can broaden their horizons by meeting people who work in a range of jobs. We have also held a careers day during which many of our business partners came in to school to talk to pupils about their job.
Meadows First School, Worcestershire
Harry Gosling school councillors and pupils in year four have built a link with Meadows First School so that they can find out about life in a different part of the UK. The school councillors in both schools have been emailing each other, asking questions about the differences and similarities between the schools. Year four at Harry Gosling have written letters and have prepared information leaflets about the Tower of London to send to the year four pupils in Meadows First School. Year four at Meadows have also written letters to us and have produced information leaflets about their home town, Bromsgrove.
A group of middle leaders have been actively taking part in a leadership course with other schools in Tower Hamlets at Morpeth Secondary School. This network has supported the development of their coaching and mentoring skills. A group of senior leaders have been taking part in the Future Leaders programme which provides professional development and networking opportunities.
School Council Forum
Every year our school councillors organise a School Council Forum with four local primary schools. We share ideas about how to improve our schools and the forum provides the pupils with the opportunity to present in front of other schools.
Edge Hill University supports our training of teaching assistants so that they are able to deliver high quality interventions such as 1stclass@number and success@arithmetic.
We offer placements to trainee teachers from the University of Exeter.
We have links with Clare College, University of Cambridge and Lincoln College, University of Oxford. We offer pupils in year five and six the opportunity to visit these universities to find out more about life at university and to raise their aspirations.
Several members of staff are working towards Masters level qualifications at the Institute of Education. One member of staff is working towards a doctorate at the University of Birmingham.
Improving School Attendance and Attainment Project (ISAAP) – East London Mosque
Our partnership with ISAAP has improved attendance levels and has improved links with the local community.
Our sports partnerships provide children with the opportunity to compete against other schools and gives them access to a wider range of sports. The partnership has provided professional development for teachers so has improved the quality of PE teaching. The partnership supports us in identifying talented children and offers them further coaching.