Schools’ collaboration gets underway


All the staff and governors of both Palmer Junior School and Whitelocke Infants School in Norreys Avenue got together and spent yesterday morning looking at the future of the school as colloborating schools. The two schools are working together for a two -year period with a singel head teacher, Mrs Tina Norman, with the aim of moving towards an amalgamation. The combined group of more than 50 in number heard Leslie Stephen, Oxford Diocesan Director of Education, make the plea that all decisions about the shcools going forward are based on what is for the good of the children. He also highlighted the importance of a common vision and values for the two schools so that to provide a distinctive and successful character which parents and children can be proud of. He expressed his excitement and hope that after the two year period of collaboration there will be a single all-through primary school formed from the two schools. The group also heard that this type of collaboration between a foundation school and a voluntary aided school is believed to be unique at present in the country and is making educational history.

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