Schools Together

Celebrating and encouraging partnership projects between independent schools, maintained schools and local communities.

This site showcases a sample of cross-sector collaborations. It also provides advice about setting up successful partnerships and helps schools to find partners and ideas for future projects.

Engaging in Partnerships

Schools have been engaged in partnerships for many years. The main motivation has been a desire to engage with other schools in the local community for mutual benefit.

Partnerships between schools have grown because more and more schools - maintained and independent - have had such a good experience with them. Teachers have shared training opportunities, observed each others’ lessons and exchanged teaching materials. Schools have supported each other’s curriculum development, careers advice, university preparation and subject specialist teaching. Sporting and drama facilities have been shared, with workshops and Saturday classes made available for children who are not pupils at the host school. Sharing these experiences is what this website is for, demonstrating the excellent work that is already going on and inspiring more schools to get involved.

Adding Partnerships

Schools can add details of their partnerships to this website. Please register and then follow the instructions to add projects.

Facts and figures

According to the 2016 census of ISC schools, well over 1,100 schools are involved in partnerships with state schools. 490 schools host joint drama classes, events or performances and 656 host joint sports events or coaching sessions. In addition, 333 schools work on projects to improve the quality of teaching and learning with state schools and 169 schools support local students when they apply to university. Partnership figures can be seen here.