I am delighted to introduce our partnership to you. Formed in June 2019, we are one of the first partnerships in Wales, where two schools have come together, under a shared executive leadership that covers two separate local authorities and regional consortia. While we are still at an early stage of our development, we have already achieved a great deal together and we will continually seek to improve so that we can provide an outstanding education for all our students.
We are not a multi-academy trust and nor are we a federation! Each school exists in its own right, maintaining its own unique characteristics and unique identity. However, we operate as part of a 'family' with a clear aim, and through the power of collaboration, to help our staff deliver an exceptional education to the students in our care. The education system in Wales, like the rest of the country, is constantly evolving and changing. As a partnership of schools, we believe that we can effectively meet these challenges in a purposeful way through collaboratively sharing our expertise to ensure our students receive a high quality experience at school, which sets them up for adult life. A significant strength of the partnership is that the geographical distance between each school means we are not competing with each other. Therefore, we can confidently seek out the best practice, without the unintended competition that exists within the system. It is a genuine privilege to co-ordinate the work across both schools, as we strive towards "excellence" in all that we do for our communities... together.
Marc Belli - Executive Headteacher
Our vision, as a partnership, is to share the most effective practices in teaching, learning and leadership to enable students to achieve outcomes relative to their potential, while developing the skills, qualities and characteristics to become successful in adult life.
Through partnership, our joint aims and aspirations seek to :
The guiding principle of this partnership is that both individual school maintains and develops their individual characters, ethos and distinctiveness. However, each will seek to use their differences to enhance the experience for children from both schools.
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