2015

"I shall go with Dorothy," declared the Lion, "for I am tired of your city and long for the woods and the country again. I am really a wild beast, you know. Besides, Dorothy will need someone to protect her."
"That is true," agreed the Woodman. "My axe may be of service to her; so I also will go with her to the Land of the South."
"When shall we start?" asked the Scarecrow.


Multi-school partnerships

The Schools Together website is structured to focus on partnerships between one school and another.  However, many partnerships are between groups of schools. Take the Livery Companies.  The Mercer’s Company supports: St. Paul's School and St. Paul's Girls' School, two of the country’s leading independent schools. Abingdon School (a boys’ independent day and boarding school in Oxfordshire), and…

Heather McKissack awarded an MBE for services to education in recognition of her creation of the Wimbledon ISSP

We are delighted to announce that Heather McKissack has been awarded an MBE for Services to Education. In her time as senior mistress at Kings' College School, Wimbledon, Heather was in charge of Partnerships and Outreach. In 2003 she and Carole Campbell, then head of Coombe Girls’ School, established one of the most principled, wide-ranging and effective independent-state school partnerships in t…

Joan Deslandes - head teacher at Kingsford Community School, Newham - addresses Westminster Education Forum on benefits of cross-sector partnerships

Joan Deslandes is the head teacher of Kingsford Community School in Newham. Under her leadership, Kingsford has gained national and international recognition as an IOE Confucius Classroom and her leadership has been recognised as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. Her school was the first in the United Kingdom to introduce compulsory lessons in Mandarin for all students and it became one of the first Confuc…

TES Awards: Congratulations to King Edward's School, Birmingham!

Congratulations to King Edward’s School in Birmingham which has won the TES Independent School Award 2015 in the category 'Best independent-maintained school collaboration.' King Edward’s School aims to be the hub of aspiration and challenge for the city of Birmingham, fulfilling its historic purpose as then oldest and greatest school in Birmingham. Its aim is to improve teaching and learning for…

London Academy of Excellence (LAE) named Sunday Times Sixth form College of the Year

The London Academy of Excellence (LAE) in Newham, East London, was today named The Sunday Times Sixth-form College of the Year. The LAE — known as the Eton of the East End — is the first free school to win a Sunday Times school of the year award. It topped the rankings for sixth-form colleges, which are based on last year’s exam results at A-level. Among those hoping for a top university place is…

TES Independent School Awards

The TES Independent School Awards will soon be revealed and the shortlist has been revealed for the category 'Best collaboration between an independent and maintained school.' The schools shortlisted are: Haberdashers' Monmouth School for Girls King Edward's School, Birmingham King's College School, Wimbledon Pontville School Sheffield High School GDST Shrewsbury High School. The winne…