Partnership Working

 In order to support the achievement of our vision Love, Learn Thrive and our mission, and principles in particular our principle on relationships we have a number of carefully selected partnership that support all that we do.

‘Relationships – We learn with and from each other showing respect, kindness and forgiveness valuing everyone equally.’

We are proud to have the following mutually beneficial partnerships

  • Our Federation – Follifoot & Spofforth CE Primary Schools
  • Our partnership with the Diocese of Leeds
  • Our Partnership with our Parish Churches (see Churches section of our website)
  • Our Learning Partnership with two other local Federated schools
  • Our partnership with North Yorkshire School Improvement including membership of Head Teachers of more than one school group.
  • Our membership of the Harrogate and Rural Teaching School Alliance
  • Our membership of the strategic board of the HART of Yorkshire SCITT
  • Our partnership with York St John University Initial Teacher Training
  • Our partnership with Spofforth in Bloom

Impact of our partnerships –

The headteacher and governing body make the most of the federation with a partner school. Individual staff expertise in each school benefits both schools. Wider partnership with other local schools has contributed to school improvement. Oftsed 2019

 ‘active engagement and collaboration with other schools, in the federation, the learning partnership and beyond, results in a continuing cycle of improvement, for leaders, staff and consequently pupils.’ Ofsted 2017


Harrogate and Rural Teaching School Alliance

Because we believe collaboration and purposeful practice are the key tools for developmental growth and that professional growth in a school led system is the best way to secure long term effective school improvement we have chosen to  become a member of a teaching school alliance.

We are very proud to be a full strategic member of the Harrogate and Rural Teaching School Alliance (HARTS).

Please click on the following link to access information about the teaching school.


Learning Partnership

Follifoot CE, Goldsborough CE, Sicklinghall CP and Spofforth CE have joined to work together as a ‘Collaborative Learning Partnership’. Since September 2015 staff, governors and pupils have worked together on a number of joint initiatives.

Common Aims

 Through collective responsibility we can ensure that all children in our schools receive the highest quality of education possible.


Through purposeful, considered and well planned partnership activities we aim to:

  • Support all schools with the recruitment, retention and training of the highest quality staff to best meet the needs of all pupils.
  • Provide pupils with high quality resources and learning opportunities no individual school could facilitate for example our partnership mini bus and Urban Strides Street Dance Workshops.
  • Provide shared learning programmes for pupils that widen their learning experiences and effectively prepare them for the next stage of their learning.
  • Provide external support to challenge ourselves to continually improve thus strengthening the sustainability and viability of each school and improving the provision and outcomes for all our pupils.
  • Share expertise enabling us to successfully meet the demands of rapidly changing educational climate and make efficient use of resources in climate of reduced funding.
  • Provide purposeful practice opportunities for leaders in their own schools and beyond.
  • Develop opportunities for all staff to experience leading across more than one school where it improves outcomes for pupils, achieves efficiencies and supports common development priorities.

 Partnership Working Principles

The following principles in simple question form are applied to our partnership working.

1.         How will this collaborative work/project help the children in the schools?

2.         What is involved and expected in relation to undertaking this collaborative work?

3.         What is the expected impact of this work?

4.         What impact occurred and what has been learnt?

5.         What changes could be made to further improve impact?

 What has been achieved so far?

  • Pupils have accessed street dance workshop from international dance group Urban Strides.
  • The partnership has acquired its own mini bus.
  • Pupils have attended events jointly such as the North Yorkshire pupil voice conference.
  • The Head teachers have provided support and challenge to each other through joint monitoring and evaluation and peer review.
  • Staff have established effective termly phase meetings to discuss issues relevant to the phases they teach.
  • Staff have supported each other with moderating teacher assessment judgements.
  • Staff from all schools have received joint training on a number of areas including lesson study and meeting the need of vulnerable learners.
  • The SENDCOs have worked together developing improved provision maps and training for staff on the new SEND code of practice.

 What is next?

  • Provide joint working experiences for pupils.
  • Provide joint training and support for each of the federated governing bodies providing opportunity for governors to share best practice and support each other in their roles
  • Trial periods of joint leadership roles across the partnership from a business management and curriculum perspective.

If you would like further information regarding our partnership working or would like to make a suggestion please do not hesitate to contact either Head teacher via the appropriate school office.