Partnership plan for Lewes schools

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Local schools may work in close partnership under an exciting proposal to improve educational experiences and outcomes.

The initiative has been proposed by Western Road Community Primary School, Lewes, and Priory School.

It would also involve the primary schools of Southover, Pells and South Malling, in Lewes, together with Iford and Kingston and Rodmell.

Parents, carers and others will be invited to comment through a consultation process on the proposal that the character and values of the schools would be reinforced through partnership. It is proposed that this should be strengthened by association with the Co-operative College and membership of the national Schools Co-operative Society (SCS).

Tony Smith, Headteacher at Priory School, said: “We believe that working in partnership will give increased strength to every school and offer many new opportunities for the children and young people of Lewes. We will work to a shared vision which will further improve teaching and learning, raise expectations and make our existing collaboration and associated school improvement strategies stronger and more sustainable and, importantly, remain accountable to our local communities.”

Ken Caplan, Chair of Governors at Western Road, said: “To meet the needs of our children and our communities, we need to be working together and to remain locally accountable. A shared Trust would allow each school to maintain its own character, ethos and expertise whilst fostering clear mechanisms for mutual support.”

The consultation process will continue until October 25. Visit www.priory.e-sussex.sch.uk for more information.