All Saints’ Academy and Cheltenham College have entered into an Enhanced Partnership.
The partnership means that the Senior Leadership Teams of both schools will be collaborating closely and sharing best practice in order to promote educational excellence. The partnership will enhance the professional development of staff and further enrich the extra-curricular provision for pupils at both centres.
To mark the start of this Enhanced Partnership, the two Heads recently signed an agreement which commits both schools to working closely together.
The partnership has already started to benefit students at both educational providers. Students have had the opportunity to take part in joint careers fairs, pre-university work experience, medicine, dentistry and veterinary science programmes, arts workshops, rowing clubs and much more.
Students from the Academy have been enjoying extra Maths and Physics lessons with specialist engineers. Students from Cheltenham College have been gaining valuable leadership experience as lab assistants, sports coaches and classroom assistants at the Academy.
Both schools have a Christian foundation committed to serving Cheltenham and the surrounding communities.
Principal Dermot McNiffe, All Saints’ Academy said, “For us, it is about sharing the best of what both our educational sectors have to offer so that the young students at All Saints’ Academy and Cheltenham College benefit from an enriched experience of joint provision, whether that is through learning in a Physics lesson, involvement in a joint Duke of Edinburgh expedition, international trips, sport or a debating society. We have collaboratively created an ambitious educational programme with sincere partnership at the core, which I believe, will be highly regarded as a model of excellence for formal partnership between independent and state sector schools once the impact of our joint venture is realised.”
Nicola Huggett, Incoming Head of Cheltenham College, said, “It is a pleasure to be working alongside staff and senior leaders at All Saints’ Academy, to ensure that the young people in our care are given the best all round educational experience. As educators, both schools put pupils at the centre of our decision making, and I have no doubt that as we continue to work with All Saints’ Academy, this will help pupils in both schools. The opportunities for staff to develop alongside one another has also proved to be a real source of inspiration. We look forward to continuing to build on the strong foundations that have been laid over the coming years.”
Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham, said, “I warmly welcome this partnership, which I’m confident will benefit both schools and help enhance Cheltenham’s reputation for excellence and innovation in education.”
Rachel Treweek, Bishop of Gloucester Diocese, said, “This partnership is an exciting and encouraging development. Both All Saints’ Academy and Cheltenham College have a strong Christian foundation and are committed to building community not only within their schools but also in their involvement in the communities which surround them. I wholeheartedly welcome the opportunities that this new partnership brings for young people to flourish and achieve their potential.”