The first meeting of the Avocet Learning Trust took place at Exeter Road primary school this week Pictured with their headteachers is Joe from Brixington school, Sienna from Exeter Road, Max from Marpool and Ruby from Bassetts Farm primary school. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref exe 9819-39-13SH To order your copy of this photograph go to www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on Photo Orders.
Thursday, October 10, 2013
A pioneering partnership which will benefit the learning of hundreds of Exmouth children has been formed by four primary schools.
Bassetts Farm, Brixington, Exeter Road and Marpool primaries have formed the Avocet Learning Trust for the start of the new academic year.
A number of Devon schools have already formed co-operative trusts, which means they remain under Devon County Council control but have a number of the flexibilities enjoyed by academy schools.
The heads of the four schools, Sarah Bennett at Bassetts Farm, Jonathan Galling at Brixington, Paul Gosling at Exeter Road and Rachel Pattison at Marpool, say the Avocet Trust was formed following wide-ranging consultations earlier in the year.
They say it will strengthen the quality of teaching and learning through working together as four schools, sharing best practice, ideas and resources, and increase the children’s aspirations ‘through challenging learning experiences’.
The partnership will also enable the schools to raise standards, share staff and their skills and expertise and governors and enable children to make friends from other schools.
But the schools will maintain their individual identities and the governing bodies will continue to run each school and be responsible for its performance.
Staffing will not change as a result of the trust.
Paul Gosling said: “Our trust will work together to develop further the high quality learning experiences established in our school communities for children of all ages.”
Trust schools remain part of the local authority system but are supported by a charitable trust which may appoint some of the governors.