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City of London 'Family of Schools'

The City of London Corporation has one maintained primary school, eight sponsored academies as part of the City of London Academies Trust, and two co-sponsored academies in neighbouring boroughs. It also supports three independent schools.

In its pursuit of educational excellence, the City Corporation has drawn these schools together, collectively known as 'the City of London Family of Schools'. These schools are engaged in establishing and sharing a collective ethos based on what will be known as the 'Foundations of the City schools'.

The City schools are committed to:

developing partnerships
sharing best practice
learning from each other
exploring opportunities to become more efficient through greater collaboration.

We are proud to be part of the City of London Corporation ‘Family of Schools’ and in 2019 we collaborated in a number of areas.

Aims

 At CLS, we are active partners. We have a strong relationship with the City of London Corporation and the other City Schools, including the City of London School for Girls.

A key element of our Strategic Vision 2019-24 is: 'We are proud to be part of the City of London Corporation’s family of schools, and we realise that this provides opportunities both to learn and contribute. We will seek to expand the scope for our boys to work and learn with pupils from City of London School for Girls, so they understand that through working with and understanding others, we are strengthened ourselves. We will also develop our partnership work with the City of London academies, learning from each other to improve what we do, for the benefit of young people from across London.'

The City schools are committed to:

developing partnerships
sharing best practice
learning from each other
exploring opportunities to become more efficient through greater collaboration.

Background

The City of London Corporation and its Family of Schools are committed to delivering world-class education based on a broad and balanced approach to develop the whole child and create a lifelong love of learning.

In July 2018, the Education Board approved three new strategies for 2019-2023. The Education Strategy 2019-2023 focuses on ensuring that pupils in the Family of Schools have access to transformative and inclusive education which enables them to flourish and to reach their potential. It commits to enabling pupils to develop their skills and have high quality exposure to the world of work at all stages of education.

The Cultural and Creative Learning Strategy 2019-2023 commits to enabling all pupils to enrich their education through high quality and systematic access to the City’s cultural, heritage and environmental assets. This strategy focuses on the development of ‘Fusion Skills’, the combination of creative, technical, educational and emotional skills which are needed for success in the 21st century which can be harnessed through participation in cultural and creative activity.

The Skills Strategy 2019-2023 represents the Corporation’s commitment to enable lifelong learning, supporting citizens to reach their full potential and contribute to a diverse workforce. This strategy includes the Corporation’s commitment to developing the employability of those furthest from the labour market through adult learning, training and apprenticeships.

The three Strategies have been summarised into short summary booklet. Download the Education, Cultural and Creative Learning and Skills Strategies Overview.

To support the delivery of these three strategies, and learn more about Fusion Skills, the City Corporation commissioned Nesta to run an exploratory survey-based research project with 101 UK employers. Our aim was to learn about the value which employers place on skills in the workplace, which skills they look for and the evidence they use to identify these skills during the recruitment process.

in 2019 we collaborated in a number of areas. This included:

Pupils from City Academies participated in the annual Fundamentals of Financial Services course, run by the Economics Department at CLS.

CLS hosted an annual debating workshop delivered by the English Speaking Union, in which teams of pupils from the academies participated.

Our US and Overseas Universities Teacher provided support to Newham Collegiate Sixth Form Centre City of London Academy to help develop their Higher Education programme.

Our Head Librarian serves on the National Committee of the School Libraries Group representing School Librarians from all types of schools.  He hosted a Regional Training Day at CLS and has helped foster links between the School Librarians from all the Corporation's schools, including the academies. CLS sponsored the attendance of library staff at the annual JCS Conference.  CLS has also provided financial support to facilitate the participation of the academies in the annual Trinity Schools Book Award, which, for the first time, includes the City of London Corporation academies. Groups of pupils from the academies attend have also attended author events, hosted at CLS.

Pupils from the academies participated in our annual Medical Society Conference for aspirant medical school applicants.

Pupils from the academies have been invited to participate in our annual Model United Nations Conference. A training workshop will be provided in advance of the conference to pupils from academies who do not have currently have a MUN set up.

Pupils from the academies have been invited to participate in an inaugural A-Level Shakespeare Day (2020), run in partnership by the Globe and CLS.

Resources

A signficant number of staff contribute to these events and programmes. The majority are planned and delivered at CLS.

Impact

We are confident that these partnerships, projects and initiatives ensure CLS makes a meaningful contribution to the helping ensure the aims of the Corporation of London’s Education Strategy 2019-23 are fulfilled.

We are also confident that in doing so CLS makes a significant contribution to helping ensure the aims of the City Corporation’s Corporate Plan for 2018-23 are fulfilled. In particular: Outcome 1: People are safe and feel safe; Outcome 3: People have equal opportunities to enrich their lives and reach their full potential; Outcome 8: We have access to the skills and talent we need; Outcome 10: We inspire enterprise, excellence, creativity and collaboration.

Pupil Involvement

Years 6-13

Frequency

Annual events.