Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership
Crossley Street Primary School
Deighton Gates Primary School
Primrose Lane Primary School
With Partner Schools:
Bardsey Primary Academy
Boston Spa Academy,
Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings' CE Primary School,
Lady Elizabeth Hastings' CE VA Primary School, Thorp Arch
St Mary's CE Primary School
Harewood CE Primary School
St John’s Catholic Specialist School
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School
The schools in this area have a long-established practice of working closely together within the Elmete Partnership of Schools & Services (EPoSS) Family of Schools. Nine of these schools (as listed above) took this collaboration further in January 2014 by setting up The Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership (WVLP). The Partnership is a Cooperative Educational Trust, enabling each school to keep its unique identity and autonomy, whilst simultaneously working closely together to benefit our children, young people and communities. Together, these popular and successful schools have a very secure base on which to build a strong, effective partnership. The Governing Bodies of these schools believe that a Trust of this kind is the best way to ensure the long-term, sustainable collaboration that is required to meet our common aims. The WVLP seeks to develop practice across the schools to further enhance the provision and opportunities available to our children and young people, maintaining and improving their already high standards of attainment and achievement. It collaborates closely with other organisations, such as Leeds City Council services and providers of higher education and others, so that we can serve our children, young people, families and communities most effectively.
Shared Vision and Values
Key to the success of the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership is our shared vision and values
The schools in Partnership are each unique, equal, and autonomous. We work together to achieve our shared vision of securing the very best outcomes for the children and young people in our schools through: setting the highest expectations for achievement; innovating in practice and organisation; and inspiring and supporting each other in continual improvement from our strong base.
Furthermore, the Partnership is based on the cooperative values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. In our dealings as a Partnership, we demonstrate the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. As a Cooperative Trust, stakeholders, including children, young people, parents and staff are encouraged to have their say in how our collaboration develops. These groups have opportunities to voice their views in regular Forum meetings and are represented on the Trust Board which steers the direction of the collaboration. The rest of the Trust Board is made of Headteachers and Governor Representatives from each school and representatives of Partner organisations.
Headteachers in our partnership have grouped together to take on responsibilities in leading aspects of our development plan: development of leadership through collaboration, training, sharing of best practices and promotion and support of wellbeing; development of teaching and learning with a current focus on assessment and acquisition of speech and language therapy expertise; and, importantly, the development of pupil voice in shaping the work of the partnership. The work of the partnership is overseen and guided by the trust board which is made up of headteachers and governors from each of the schools.
To help us achieve these priorities, as well as collaborating together, we work closely with our partner organisations. Currently, we have the following partner organisations:
Please find below a link to our Relaunch magazine, where we collected learning from each of the schools in the partnership to share with each other.