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01/12/20

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Our timetable for the coming week!⬇️ young people can see what the team are running day to day and get involved by following their TRAIN social media accounts. Take a look at the poster pinned to our Profile for their details. Wishing you all happy, and not too busy, Advents!✨ https://t.co/mA4rrQWMy0

01/12/20

Congratulations to our November Typing Superstars! ⭐️ https://t.co/BIS75yPXKB

30/11/20

Our Year 7 global citizens are looking at their hopes and fears for the future using a visual image of a Garden of Hope and Wall of Fear. We can't wait to put this together as a display! https://t.co/rob8xOTW1K

27/11/20

We’ve joined the fight against cancer by hosting a Schools event. If you would like to sponsor a child, or just donate to this fantastic cause, please visit https://t.co/4GiarctVLe https://t.co/hfV0mEy38t

26/11/20

In Year 7 Biology today, students took part in their own bushtucker trial with a full pluck. They have been looking at the structure and function of the organ systems in the body. https://t.co/GuniDuNV5w

25/11/20

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We hope your Wednesdays are treating you all well✨A reminder of the ways young people can get involved in our virtual activities and see what the Youth Work team are getting up to each week ⬇️ Please do get in touch with us if you ever have any questions around our provision https://t.co/ZsHANw7JZG

25/11/20

GCSE Dance students were delighted to take part in a dance theory workshop today, delivered by the very talented Read more: https://t.co/3HjGuwVsnf https://t.co/sB8TEB20Su

23/11/20

Year 10 students made a shrine to the Buddha during their Ethics lesson, learning about how Buddhists worship. They really enjoyed making the shrine and learning about the ceremonial worship, the puja (offerings) https://t.co/hyw72aVERw

23/11/20

Faye and Bethany were presented with their own Solar Furnace after winning the competition to build their own solar oven. Archit and Bethany received an Airzooka, for their amazing work in Science. The Science team hope you have lots of fun with them🙂 https://t.co/Rwx3xDi7sd

14/11/20

Wishing all a happy, healthy and prosperous year 🎉 https://t.co/tmwIGRPIJB

13/11/20

Thank you to all the students and staff that donated for for our non uniform day. We will update you with the total raised next week! https://t.co/KhVzZjBMzh

13/11/20

Typing practice has started again in earnest with Year 7s and 8s this week. Already we are seeing great speed and accuracy. Congratulations to our Typing Superstars this week! https://t.co/ZbjARdGa4K https://t.co/v7NdTTfoAW

13/11/20

Year 9 students have been busy practicing for their Dance practical and theoretical assessments taking place next week https://t.co/5sbGVhd2iq

13/11/20

Oscar in Y9 has been selected, for the 4th year running, to represent the U14 Squad. He is one of only 15 boys chosen to make up this squad out of all the talented young golfers in the three counties. Congratulations Oscar, this is a fantastic achievement! https://t.co/TDuJWJtJ8F

12/11/20

We are seeking an enthusiastic Teaching Assistant to join our Inclusion Team. To find out more and apply online visit https://t.co/9TUfwc7NnG https://t.co/DZoZ6WDGHa

10/11/20

is a great chance for your child to broaden their horizons, discover new interests, have fun, boost their mental and physical health, gain essential skills and achieve a highly respected Award. Our Y9's can sign up now! Find out more: https://t.co/aGtMS0GMlP

06/11/20

GCSE Art students have just started looking at how other artists express messages through their work this week. Their inspiration at the moment is the artist Shepard Fairey https://t.co/Tbv5AbuM0t

05/11/20

An exciting opportunity for students to take part in! https://t.co/CN8jx6POI5

Posted on: 29/10/2020

Celebrating a decade of collaborative success

Aureus 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.

 

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’.”