Highly effective partnership working has been key to the success of our school. Our partnerships with our children, their parents/carers, and their wider families, are highly valued, but we have also established a number of additional partnerships which have enhanced many different areas of our school’s work.
BDAT (Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust) is our key strategic partner, as we have been a member of the trust since October 2017, when we converted to academy status. Our governing body actively sought to find an academy trust whose vision and values closely matched those of our school and BDAT met this key requirement. All aspects of our school’s work are supported and enhanced through our partnership with the trust, yet at the same time, trust leaders allow our successful school the autonomy needed for governors, staff and most importantly our learners, to flourish.
We also enjoy a strong partnership with Eden Teaching School Alliance – as a Church of England TSA, their values and vision closely match our own and as such we now have three of our staff working with them as SLEs and our headteacher sits on their strategic board.
A strong relationship exists with the parish of Morton and Riddlesden and in particular St Luke’s Church: both the incumbent and the curate are active members of our LGB and are regular and welcome visitors to school. Both Reverend Tony and Reverend Gareth regularly lead worship, for pupils and the wider school community, both in school and in St Luke’s church. A welcome addition in September, 2019 has been ‘Open the Book’, which is led by parishioners, with the support of both members of clergy.
We have also worked closely with the diocesan education team for a number of years, attending training events and conferences and working alongside our designated diocesan advisors.
The Zephaniah Trust is a Bradford-based Christian charity, whose motto is to ‘spread light into dark corners’; their values closely align with their own and over the past six years a close relationship has been established with them. Workers within the trust are welcome visitors within the school, whether that be to lead collective worship, our annual Christmas reflection day, or to support our charity events.
CLiKS (Christian Links in Keighley Schools) is a more locally based Christian charity which provides workshop opportunities for KS2 learners across the Keighley area at key points within the academic year. ‘Re:wind to Christmas’ and ‘Re:wind to Easter’ workshops provide learners with the time and space to participate in a range of reflective sessions to deepen their understanding of key themes.
Over the past five years, we have developed a partnership with Bishop Ivan from Matugga in Uganda and have supported his charity, ‘Give a child a hope’, which runs a large school in his village, entirely through charitable giving. This link began in 2015, when our Year 2 children were studying ‘Africa’ and the teacher who was working with them at the time spoke about her experience of volunteering in Africa for Bishop Ivan’s charity.