As you are aware, the school places great value on collaboration and working with other schools on a variety of levels. The main reasons are listed below:
- by reducing costs and sharing expertise it increases our capacity to offer pupils a wider variety of learning opportunities, often with other pupils;
- allows staff to share expertise/work alongside colleagues on the same subject/pupil age group;
- provides development opportunities for our own staff and governors through the leading of activities or training;
- it may present opportunities for financial saving through purchasing power or through economy of scale.
A summary of the main collaborations and partnerships in which we are involved is summarised in the following paragraphs.
Devizes School Cluster
Members : All Cannings CE Primary School, Bishops Cannings CE VA Primary School, Chirton CE Primary School, Nursteed School, Rowde*, Southbroom St James#, Southbroom Infants+, St Joseph's RC School**, Trinity#, Wansdyke*, Devizes Secondary School+.
* = stand-alone academy, ** = Bristol Diocese (Catholic) Academy Chain, # DSAT Academy Chain (Diocese of Salisbury) + = White Horse Federation
The Head Teachers meet 6 times a year at different school each time. The focus is on sharing knowledge and expertise, presenting a united front to issues that can affect all schools, strategic thinking and supporting pupils and staff through joint activities. We also plan an 'Away-Day' once a year where we often visit other schools as part of a more in-depth focus on one area. Previous examples have included Pupil Premium and Vulnerable Learners, Creativity, Assessment and developing the cluster group. Different subject leaders meet two or three times a year and some of these result in activities for pupils. We also have a SBM Group and there have also been TA and Governors’ meetings - but there is potential to develop these further.
Members: All Cannings CE Primary School, Bishops Cannings CE VA Primary School, Chirton CE Primary School
The schools involved are all church schools under the umbrella of the Salisbury Diocese. We collectively purchase credits from them (therefore at a discounted rate) which allows us to work together and buy in support which focuses on developing Christian distinctiveness, RE and collective worship. We have held joint staff meetings on spirituality, collective worship and reflection as well as looking at preparing for SIAMS inspections.
Other schools with whom we have links
Wansdyke - following on from the headteacher secondment three years ago, we have had a number of useful joint staff meetings and have also used their expertise in SEND.
Devizes and Lavington Secondary Schools - with pupils from All Cannings going to various secondary schools, outreach takes place from Pewsey, Stonar and Dauntseys. But the majority comes from these two schools, where the majority of our pupils move on to. This is predominantly done in two ways. The first is through enrichment activities, particularly aimed at Year 5/6 pupils. All understand that part of the agenda is to attract future students, however it does allow us to use facilities and expertise we do not have. Examples include World News Day, Science Week, AGAT days for Maths, DT, photography as well as Remembrance Day services and an A level DT project which resulted in an outdoor reading seat for EYFS2. The other main way is through the sports partnerships we have with both. We use part of our sports premium funding to buy into a PE traded service. For this we have staff coming out and working each week with a member of staff and their class to improve our teachers' skills and confidence; various competitions organised for a range of ages and abilities; whole staff INSET activities; access to teaching resources for both planning and delivery; curriculum festivals throughout the year for all ages. We have also used this to develop our own sports leaders who work at promoting and supporting PE in school.