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:
Abingdon School (a boys’ independent day and boarding school in Oxfordshire), and
Dauntsey’s School, (a co-educational boarding and day school for 11-18 year olds in Wiltshire).
Bute House Preparatory School for Girls in Hammersmith is an outstandingly innovative, popular and successful school for girls aged 4 to 11.
The Hall School in Hampstead.
The Royal Ballet School shares a common interest in Covent Garden with the Mercers’ Company. With its Junior School in Richmond Park, it provides a distinctive contribution to the Mercers’ Association of Schools.
Thomas Telford School, a City Technology College in Telford in the West Midlands.
Walsall Academy, opened in September 2003.
Sandwell Academy opened in September 2006.
Madeley Academy in South Telford.
Hammersmith Academy in West London.
The Haberdashers’ Aske’s schools include the independent schools Haberdashers’ boys, Habs girls, Habs Monmouth, Habs Monmouth School for Girls, Habs Monmouth pre-prep and a state primary school,
Abraham Darby Academy, Adams grammar school, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Hatcham Academy, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Knights Academy, Haberdashers’ Aske’s Crayford.
Skinners’ schools include Tonbridge School, an independent school; Judd School at Tonbridge and The Skinners’ School at Tunbridge Wells are voluntary aided grammar schools; The Skinners' Academy at Hackney and the Skinners’ Kent Academy, Tunbridge Wells.
Merchant Taylors’ Apart from the two Schools owned by the Company - Merchant Taylors' School, Sandy Lodge and St. John's School, Pinner - it has charitable and/or governance links with six other Schools namely:
Leathersellers support the independent school Colfe’s plus three state schools and they all work together.
United Learning contains the most developed relationships and practical interaction between independent and state schools in the country, creating benefits for all the schools involved. They run 20 academies for example Paddington Academy and 11 independent schools for example Guildford High, with more joining each year.
The Woodard Schools include 19 private such as Lancing and 22 state schools including the Wren Academy.
Girls’ Day School Trust runs 24 private schools and two Academies.
City of London Corporation runs City of London Boys, City of London Girls and three Academies.
King Edward’s Birmingham The eight Schools of the Foundation are:
King Edward VI High School for Girls
King Edward's School
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
King Edward VI Handsworth School
King Edward VI Aston School
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
King Edward VI Five Ways
King Edward VI Sheldon Heath Academy
City of York Independent/State School Partnership includes:
All Saints’ RC School
Archbishop Holgate’s School
Canon Lee School
Joseph Rowntree School
Manor CE Academy
St Olave’s School
The Mount School
York High School
The Dorchester Area Schools Partnership includes 19 educational establishments, a senior state secondary, 3 state middles, 13 state first schools, a learning centre and Sunninghill Prep.
Truro Prep School Partnerships in Music and Sport - 29 schools are involved in the Music partnership (a mix of independent and maintained) and 18 schools involved in the Sport partnership (mix of independent and maintained).
So many independent schools are part of groups, some through their Foundation and governance. Many have been working together for years, especially when located close to each other. Multi-school partnerships are the norm.