We are now one week into our new partnership with North Elmham, and I am delighted to report a great deal of positivity! On the first day back the children from both schools exchanged letters expressing their hopes for a future together, and the management teams of both schools are working closely already and making many plans. On Monday both governing bodies met to discuss how to work together for the benefit of both schools, and whilst we wish them to retain separate identities, we will work to create a shared vision and ethos. We are looking at ways to support and work together for efficiency and continued improvement, and have set up various working parties to enable a joined up approach from the start. Whilst day to day you may not notice much difference, we know that the foundations we are building now will help to secure bright futures for both schools. If you have any questions about the partnership, do not hesitate to speak to any of our staff or governors.
We had a good open session on Monday talking to parents about the proposed new partnership with North Elmham and answering all questions brought to the governors. Later in the day a similar meeting was held at North Elmham. Governors from Stibbard and North Elmham, together with staff, answered questions relating to how partnership will affect the children day to day, how much the management team will still be present at Stibbard, communication, what the differences are between partnership and federation and how the schools are looking to work together for school improvement.
Last week, I attended both the nativity and the celebrating success, both as a parent and to report back to the governors. At both events, the organisation was smooth with parents able to enter the hall in good time. Both events were well rehearsed, with the children demonstrating several different skills from public speaking, to singing and dancing. Parents commented that they enjoy being in school to see the children perform and grow in confidence.
Sophie Thornley (Chair of Governors)