At Thomas Alleyne’s we are very fortunate to be linked with the wonderful Roebuck Academy, a primary school and nursery also based in Stevenage. Together Thomas Alleyne and Roebuck make up the Hart Schools Trust, an academy trust committed to providing an excellent education for families in our community. Through our partnership with Roebuck and our close links with North Hertfordshire College and Hart Learning and Development, we can genuinely say that our group curriculum offer has a pathway for everyone from birth through to adulthood.
Whilst our group has access to excellent support from our finance, HR, governance and estates teams, we are determined that our partnership is far more than just a set of shared corporate services. We have been working hard to ensure all parties are able to learn from each other in an atmosphere of mutual collaboration and respect. This is paying huge dividends for staff. For example, our half termly combined leadership team meetings are allowing us to really interrogate the primary and secondary curriculum offers. We have had presentations from Roebuck about their maths, reading and writing provision which have forced us to raise standards of presentation and our curriculum expectations at Thomas Alleyne’s. Next week we will be using our collective expertise to interrogate the key stage 3 English and maths offer for our students.
Even more rewarding are the opportunities we are able to create for students in both schools through our close working relationship. Yesterday I was bursting with pride when I visited our school library and saw year 9 students working superbly in pairs with children from year 6. They were working to secure greater depth in writing and it was fantastic to see staff and students collaborating so effectively. This is just one example of many opportunities we have been able to provide, including music and art workshops, IT activities, sports leadership and reading mentoring. We are looking forward to further developing these excellent links over the coming years as we strive to provide an excellent education for our community.