Aims of the project
Partners in the York Independent State School Partnership are working together to:
provide the best educational opportunities for able and interested young people in York;
reach out to all young people with potential regardless of social, economic or educational background;
provide stimulating professional development for teachers and to update areas of knowledge and understanding;
promote mutual respect amongst teachers and students across the state and independent sectors;
develop opportunities for teachers’ career progression, including cross-sector moves where appropriate and desirable
foster social cohesion in the City of York;
encourage links between schools, colleges, universities and other sectors – businesses, museums, heritage sector, etc – for the education and benefit of all members of the community of York.
Background and goals
The partnership was initiated in 2006 when Jonathan Taylor, Head of Bootham School, approached Patrick Scott, then Head of Educational Services at York City Council, to explore possible shared activities between all of the City’s schools. A bid written by Tricia Ellison, then Senior Advisor for York LA, and Jonathan Taylor, was successful in gaining significant funds from the government’s first scheme for encouraging such partnerships.
Through the different activities and projects, a variety of different ages are catered for from Year 7 summer schools to AS History of Art courses. Projects are open to all schools in the partnership.
Frequency and duration
The ISSP is an on-going project.