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Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership

What is Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership?

The schools in the local area have a long established practice of working closely together within the Elmete Partnership of Schools & Services (EPoSS) Family of Schools. Nine of these schools:

  • Bardsey Primary School,
  • Boston Spa Academy,
  • Collingham Lady Elizabeth Hastings' CE Primary School,
  • Deighton Gates Primary School,
  • Harewood CE Primary School,
  • Lady Elizabeth Hastings' CE VA Primary School Thorp Arch,
  • Primrose Lane Primary School,
  • St Mary's CE Primary School,
  • and St John’s School for the Deaf

took this collaboration further in January 2014 by setting up Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership. More recently we have been very pleased to welcome the pupils, staff and families from Crossley Street Primary School, who joined our partnership in July 2018. 

The Partnership enables each school to keep its unique identity and autonomy, whilst simultaneously working closely together to secure the best outcomes for our children and young people. The Governing Bodies of these schools believe that a partnership of this kind is the best way to ensure the long term, sustainable collaboration that is required to meet our common aims.

The success of the WVLP has occurred because at our heart we are all schools that recognise that great things happen when good organisations come together. It has taken some boldness and courage to work in this way, but doing so has definitely brought confidence and optimism to our practice. The successful collaborative approach that underpins our work has been much admired by colleagues across the city.

A successful partnership

Challenging times in education mean that there are ever constant demands on school finance, staffing and training. The partnership has enabled the schools to come together to share expertise and resources for the benefit of all our children and staff. In times of transition, we are also able to support each other. As new headteachers come into post in some of our schools, we work together, not only to directly support these colleagues, but also to help make this period of change smoother for children, staff, governors and parents.

Building on the success of previous joint training initiatives, the WVLP primary schools have planned a series of bespoke training sessions for both staff and governors throughout the academic year.

Further information about this, our school-to-school programme of support and much more, is available in the latest copy of the WVLP Update newsletter.