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16 primary schools in Bishop's Stortford area join forces for new Envision project



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Primary schools in and around Bishop's Stortford have joined forces to "envision" a better future for their pupils.

All but one of the 11 primaries in the town plus six village schools have committed to a Schools Partnership Programme run by the Education Development Trust, a charity based in Reading which provides education services in the UK and abroad.

Windhill21 Primary School head Philippa Moore explained: "The schools have historically worked well together and this formalisation will cement their commitment... This initiative is built on the principle that when educators work together, a positive impact is made on children's lives; collaboration between schools contributes to school improvement and pupil success.

Summercroft Primary School, Bishops Stortford. Heads and representatives of schools coming together to form a partnership called Envision. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (19537580)
Summercroft Primary School, Bishops Stortford. Heads and representatives of schools coming together to form a partnership called Envision. .Pic: Vikki Lince. (19537580)

"It recognises the vast potential that exists in a school system and offers the framework to harness that potential to produce a sustainable school improvement model."

Andrew Ettinger, head of collaborative school improvement at the EDT, said: "We're pleased to be working with schools in the Bishop's Stortford area. Their commitment to working together and peer review is inspiring, as is their desire to collaborate for the benefit of all pupils within their schools.

"Through our work with more than 1,300 schools on our Schools Partnership Programme, we have seen that well-managed, rigorous peer review can have a profound effect on staff engagement with school improvement and outcomes for children."

The 16 primaries participating in Envision are All Saints, Hillmead, Northgate, Manor Fields, Richard Whittington, St Michael's, Summercroft, Thorley Hill, Thorn Grove and Windhill21 in Stortford plus Albury, Elsenham, Furneux Pelham, Little Hadham, St Andrew's in Much Hadham and Spellbrook. St Joseph's Catholic Primary in Stortford is not involved.



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