An executive headteacher of two small schools which have celebrated 10 years of partnership says collaboration is the way forward.
Tivetshall and Burston Primary Schools, which have about 45 children each on their roll, first began collaborating in 2006, and last week celebrated with a giant photo of all of the pupils.
I think collaboration of any sort is the way forwardCarol Green
Carol Green, who has been executive headteacher at the schools for the past four years, said it was an ‘economy of scale’, with the partnership allowing each school to retain its identity, but pooling resources, in turn providing more opportunity for pupils.
For example, PE facilities could be shared, while bigger groups could enjoy school trips.
“I think collaboration of any sort is the way forward,” she told the Diss Express.
“The schools work very closely together.
“We are two separate schools working together, with one governing body across both schools.”
On the wider subject of smaller schools, she added: “I think they are the hub of the community.
“A lot of the parents’ friendships begin when they bring their children into the school and carry on.”
The partnership has also enjoyed a number of funding successes.
Awards for All funding from the Big Lottery Fund has heled to pay for a new climbing frame for Key Stage 2 pupils, money from the Adnams charity has allowed ten Chromebooks to be bought and used across both schools, while the partnership also came first in the Tesco Bags of Help scheme – £12,000 from that pot will go towards a wildlife area.