Schools ‘family’ in world-class vision

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A NEW school ‘family’ in Sheffield will aim to give nearly 4,000 youngsters ‘world-class’ education.

Four schools are to work together in the first collaboration of its kind in the city - with new leading teachers, staff mentoring and support plus a consistent approach to improvements.

The trust behind Tapton Academy, Crosspool, is sponsoring Chaucer School at Parson Cross in a partnership launching in September.

Governors at Southey Green and Meynell primaries have also agreed to join the Tapton Academy Trust as they become academies, probably in January 2013.

David Bowes, executive head at Tapton and Chaucer, told The Star: “We want to remove barriers to learning and make sure what we offer to youngsters is absolutely world class.

“The community is so important to us we can completely focus on doing this, doing it right and getting the best results for youngsters.

“We want to see these schools doing even better than now and are pretty confident that will be the case.”

Some teachers already work at Tapton and Chaucer.

Now the best practioners will act as mentors giving staff the chance to work together to improve.

Mr Bowes added: “We’re lucky enough to have attracted outstanding leaders.

“Each school will have the interests of every young person at the heart of all we do.

“We’ll be focused on the quality of learning and the quality of teaching - only the very best will be acceptable and that has not always been the case.

“There will be consistent high expectations for our pupils but also staff and what they offer to youngsters in terms of an educational experience.”

Job losses are not planned.

New leaders include Fiona Conner, as Southey Green headteacher, Angela Lant as executive head at Meynell and Hillsborough primaries plus Scott Burnside as Chaucer assistant head.

* ACADEMIES are publicly-funded schools independent of councils with more freedom to raise standards.

Coun Jackie Drayton, Sheffield Council’s chief for children, young people and families said the move was a first for the city.

She said: “What we want is to raise the attainment and aspiration of all to ensure every young person in Sheffield achieves their full potential.

“We will work with all schools and other partners to help make this happen.”