Brooklands Primary School

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Partnership with Millennium and Timbercroft

Brooklands, Millennium and Timbercroft continue to work in partnership, as we take on the new role of being part of the Maritime academy, under the leadership of our Chef Executive Nick Osborne. Each school has its own Headteacher - here at Brooklands we have Carole Hornsby.

Brooklands joined forces with Millennium in 2013, and with Timbercroft in 2014 and since then this highly effective collaboration has helped Millennium and Timbercroft make rapid improvements in all areas, whilst at the same time helping us at Brooklands to be more self critical and ensure that we maintain Outstanding performance.

 

How does the partnership work?

All three schools have their own identities and are separate schools; however, we share a Chief Executive of the trust (the link to the trust website can be found at the top of this page) and have similar visions and values. There is a great deal of collaboration behind the scenes. This helps us to benchmark our standards and work together to improve teaching and learning for all children.

 

How do the schools work together?

In order to keep making progress as a school, the key area to focus on is teaching and learning, so a lot of the work behind the scenes is dedicated to supporting and developing staff across all areas of the school.

Here are some of the ways in which we work together:

  • Joint training
  • Teachers observe Outstanding teaching in the partner schools
  • Joint planning – teachers share how they plan their learning
  • Joint monitoring- The leadership team regularly monitor the quality of learning in books. We do this across the entire school, but we also look at our partner schools’ books to help benchmark standards. We look to see what we can learn from the other schools' books. Are our expectations high enough and is the quality of our feedback good enough?
  • Shared resources
  • Subject leaders work together across the schools to support each other in the teaching of all the specific subjects such as English and Maths
  • Our governors are now working closely together so that we can support and challenge each other to raise standards across all 3 schools
  • At the end of each term our children compete against each other in sports events - this gives the children the experience of competition and gives them something to aim for during P.E sessions

 

What is the impact of the partnership?

Brooklands continues to be an outstanding school and because of the Outstanding teaching now at Millennium and Timbercroft we have the opportunity to learn from each other. It has helped our teachers to develop through continuous professional development. It has helped us to continue to look to raise our expectations and it is has also helped Brooklands to be in a much stronger position financially.