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21/06/22

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Please share this sponsored event with your networks. Thanks. Jak Martin - GLF Schools' Foundation Fundraiser - 23rd June 2022 https://t.co/b8kiLR4QCv

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17/06/22

An inspiring trip to support year 2’s Science curriculum. Great workshops with hands on learning, thanks to the great team and all the volunteers that make these memorable days happen. https://t.co/q531F1hXt3

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09/06/22

Reception have been so creative decorating their bikes and scooters. A great reason to get out and about in the fresh air https://t.co/uMscvKhDVN

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27/05/22

Golden crowns, face painting and lots of cake to celebrate the platinum jubilee https://t.co/caINF1gjzA

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27/05/22

Fantastic creative entries for the Friends of Kilnwood Vale baking competition - well done everyone. We all enjoyed them at our party this afternoon. https://t.co/xLNndXuu9p

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24/05/22

Still time to book and find out more. GLF Schools hosting in the Crawley and Horsham area. https://t.co/jV1KvOzFo9

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13/05/22

A great opportunity to join the team in our inspiring and nurturing nursery. https://t.co/HomqHQrBFm

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29/04/22

Great opportunities with as a host school within https://t.co/holDwkCOTl

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21/04/22

We know that some families will be disappointed that they have not got their first-choice primary school this week, if you know anyone in this position please let them know that we have some Reception spaces available for September 2022. Contact us to visit and find out more. https://t.co/dTS68H9gVd

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19/04/22

Congratulations and welcome to our new Reception children who will be starting with us in September 2022 - we can't wait to meet you! https://t.co/y005KDmVQM

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07/04/22

So many amazing entries into this years Kilnwood Vale Science Fair. The children spoke confidently about their experiments, research and love of Science https://t.co/8Z9wixDuVb

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07/04/22

A joy to watch Kipling Class perform their play to their peers and our families this week

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07/04/22

Our nursery children loved their local walk around Kilnwood Vale this week. https://t.co/MEXXyQr2wK

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17/03/22

Pleased to welcome our parent helpers back into school, supporting readers and project work in class.

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15/12/21

Great opportunities to get into teaching - register for the meeting to find out more. are a partner primary school in 2022. https://t.co/XUDDWLEyMD

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15/12/21

If any families are looking for Nursery places for September 2022, our application process is now live. Visit https://t.co/UgwKCPuOpj

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02/11/21

are proud to host the first female soldier representing the silent heroes within our Parish. https://t.co/s5y9JVWrfK

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28/10/21

Looking for Reception places 2022? Contact the school office after half term, and book a place at our Open Evening Tuesday 16 November. https://t.co/jUvyjsFvk4

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20/10/21

Children enjoyed sharing their harvest poetry and singing with families grateful for all the donations for https://t.co/UIK8qaVwsb

Posted on: 29/10/2020

Celebrating a decade of collaborative success

Kilnwood Vale 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 2019.

 

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’.”