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25/02/21

'All dressed up and nowhere to go' On the last day of half term Southgate Primary held Glam Day. We thought, as we hadn't had the chance to dress up for a long time, we would don our best clothes and glam up for the day. We all looked fab-u-lous! https://t.co/REswpoutY4

25/02/21

'All dressed up and nowhere to go' On the last day of half term Southgate Primary held Glam Day. We thought, as we hadn't had the chance to dress up for a long time, we would don our best clothes and glam up for the day. We all looked fab-u-lous! https://t.co/3a4W80SqxS

25/02/21

'All dressed up and nowhere to go' On the last day of half term Southgate Primary held Glam Day. We thought, as we hadn't had the chance to dress up for a long time, we would don our best clothes and glam up for the day. We all looked fab-u-lous! https://t.co/pgc2dCSrCF

20/02/21

Living Art at Southgate https://t.co/7kHNvNM35j

19/02/21

Living Art at Southgate https://t.co/RAt01vQjme

18/02/21

Living Art at Southgate https://t.co/PTonIA2AN5

17/02/21

Living Art at Southgate https://t.co/OYEaQowWv4

16/02/21

Living Art at Southgate https://t.co/9fDgC99esa

15/02/21

Living Art at Southgate https://t.co/oz6p2mHy3t

14/02/21

Feeling the love from all at Southgate https://t.co/4bmWiS6jr3

12/02/21

Kung Hei Fat Choy -Happy Chinese New Year from all at Southgate. It's the Year of the Ox If you were born in the Year of the Ox you are strong, reliable, fair, calm, patient, methodical and trustworthy. Reception Classes celebrated today by eating noodles and Fortune Cookies. https://t.co/aLc6y2wTOu

10/02/21

Campbell and Carle Classes having fun in the snow! https://t.co/Rg0pyXXmHY

29/01/21

A HUGE thank you to our Parents and Carers for our teacher care packages / survival kits - you are all awesome! https://t.co/B4LRVkv532

22/01/21

Moustache Day at Southgate Primary School! We all needed a bit of a giggle so we had Moustache day at school today. Children and staff at home and at school enjoyed the whiskery fun!! https://t.co/GDRT72iYB1

22/01/21

Moustache Day at Southgate Primary School! We all needed a bit of a giggle so we had Moustache day at school today. Children and staff at home and at school enjoyed the whiskery fun!! https://t.co/IddqUTpF55

22/01/21

Moustache Day at Southgate Primary School! We all needed a bit of a giggle so we had Moustache day at school today. Children and staff at home and at school enjoyed the whiskery fun!! https://t.co/fYvpeINHwO

20/01/21

We love rainy days at Southgate! https://t.co/79WzVUBmr7

15/01/21

Year 1 having been learning about their bodies naming parts of the body and it's organs. https://t.co/WGA5aRfN97

13/01/21

Friday 15th January 2021 is the last day to apply for a Reception Class place for September 2021. Have you completed your on line form? https://t.co/6ceM1g8GjP

11/01/21

At the end of last term we held our Good News assembly where we celebrated teamwork, one of our school values. These children were commended for being team players in Years 4, 5 and 6 https://t.co/nCQ80IQ4Rh

Posted on: 29/10/2020

Celebrating a decade of collaborative success

Southgate Primary School is joining our GLF colleagues in celebrating a decade of partnership working which started with Glyn School and Danetree Primary and now has more than 40 schools, including our own since 2017.

 

October sees the milestone anniversary of the two schools working together to lay the foundations for what, a decade later, has become GLF Schools, with 41 secondary and primary schools across five different local education authorities.

 

GLF’s CEO Jon Chaloner was head teacher of Glyn when it began, and has since moved to his current position, covering the whole group and guiding that initial partnership onwards, outwards and upwards to what it has become today. 

He said what began out of necessity soon emerged as an opportunity for something much bigger and more innovative. 

“At the end of September 2010, Danetree did not have a permanent head teacher, so the local authority asked local schools for their availability to help,” he said. 

“Glyn was a National Support School and I was, and still am, a National Leader of Education, so the motivation was simple. Danetree’s children needed leadership as soon as possible, so we put together a team to help, and things developed from there.” 

Glyn had been through something of a transformation of its own with its Ofsted rating moving from satisfactory to outstanding across the course of seven terms between 2006 and 2009, so Jon said it was clear that they were in a position to lend a helping hand. 

“We were ideally placed to share our experiences of a rapid school improvement journey but we soon learnt how the primary sector was different, so we couldn’t just replicate what we’d achieved at Glyn,” he said.

“This has proved to be a valuable lesson for what GLF has gone on to become. One size does not fit all when it comes to schools, and things need to be made to measure. We always bear that in mind.” 

The collaboration was important for both schools and current head teacher at Glyn, Matt Duffield, explained: “The journey in school improvement that Glyn has been on since the partnership with Dantree began in 2010 has been remarkable. We are delighted that this association has developed into a much richer and broader relationship with the 40 other schools and 15,000 children.”

Long-term planning and learning lessons for future projects were nowhere on the agenda at this point, however.  

“The partnership was only intended to last for that one academic year,” Jon continued.  “Link-ups of this sort between schools were becoming common at that time, but this was the first occasion in Surrey where a primary and a secondary school had teamed up that way. 

"It was a win-win situation, though. Danetree needed leadership to address matters from its Ofsted report the previous year, and it was a great opportunity for Glyn’s 12 Advanced Skills Teachers to gain more experience in that field. 

"Unintentionally, it soon became clear how much both sides were benefitting from the experience, and how advantageous it might be to pursue it further.” 

The head teacher at Danetree school Bethan Smith said the school had ‘benefited unreservedly from the support provided by GLF.

“As a result of effective partnership working, sharing expertise and learning from one another, Danetree has gone from strength-to-strength. The highly skilled central team provides support and challenge, which has enabled all schools within the trust to work effectively to achieve a common goal. I feel privileged to be part of the academy trust,” she said.

A subsequent Ofsted inspection in November of that year noted Danetree’s improvements as a result of the partnership, so much so that the local authority asked Glyn’s governors to extend it for the year 2011-12, which Danetree’s governors welcomed. This later became permanent, and as Glyn was an academy, Dantree converted to being one as well, and in September 2012 GLF Schools was founded. 

Shortly after this, GLF Schools received an approach from the governors of another local school, Cuddington Croft Primary, and later that year the Department of Education identified Glyn as a potential sponsor for several other underperforming Surrey primary schools, with four more schools joining in autumn 2013, and two brand new primaries also signing up. GLF Schools was starting to grow, and has continued to do so, but only as and when it feels right. 

“Today GLF comprises schools that have chosen to join, brand new schools that we have opened and also three more sponsored schools where there was a record of underperformance,” Jon said. 

“The blend of schools is strategic, rather than a random collection. Expansion has needed to be based upon the geography of our existing schools as well as being in a position to support all schools, whatever their performance at that time.” 

Despite many schools now bearing the GLF brand, Jon says the priority has always been the individuality of the school, not the group identity. “We always aim that schools should retain their individual identity and place in their local community, with our identity being less prominent,” he said.  “One thing that I hope does unite us all, though, is the message of being stronger with us than without us. That was the philosophy when it was just two schools, and it remains the same now.” 

GLF Schools’ greatest achievement over the last 10 years, Jon says, is the pupils its schools have produced. “Their personal achievements are vast and these are enabled through the partnerships between home, school and the trust,” he said.  

“Our schools are bound by a sense of purpose for our children and their families, and our leaders and governors contribute in many ways to the group’s continued development. We are one team, with many shared aspirations for each school.” 

The past 10 years have taken an initial two schools on a journey to something much bigger than anyone involved at the start could have anticipated, and when it comes to looking forwards, Jon is happy to keep his head down and continue encouraging the good work across the group. 

“In five years’ time we’ll still be here, supporting schools to be the best they possibly can be,” he said. 

“Education is essential for our society. Our schools will continue to be schools for their local communities, a place where all children who attend have the opportunity to ‘grow, learn and flourish’.”