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Saxonbury & Aspire Partnership Statement

In September last year the Saxonbury Federation (comprising Frant and Mark Cross schools) and the Aspire Federation (comprising Mayfield and Five Ashes) announced that they would be entering into a formal partnership.

This statement reiterates the rationale for the partnership and explains some of the benefits already being enjoyed.

The partnership helps us to maintain our village schools with their individual identities, as the heart of our local communities. We cherish our schools and we want them to continue as they are. Children will attend the same school in the same location with the same teachers and support staff as they do now.

Each school will continue to operate as an independent establishment, with their own distinctiveness and ethos. The pupils and staff have a pride in their own school but enjoy working with their peers across the four schools. The staff across the four schools share their expertise and knowledge and work together to provide the best possible education for all the pupils. There is greater capacity to meet individual pupil needs more effectively through access to more resources and expert advice.

Both Saxonbury and Aspire Federations are working together to maximise the learning opportunities for all their pupils. We offer an excellent education for all the pupils within a context of Christian values. As both federations work together we capitalise on the advantages of being part of a larger organisation.

As a group of schools working together we plan to offer a greater range of opportunities and extracurricular activities. The links we have made enable us to offer our pupils a very rich and varied curriculum, which we hope to broaden still further in the future. We encourage the pupils to participate in the arts through local drama, dance and craft events, which provide a way for the pupils to share their talents with a wider audience. We welcome a wide range of visitors into our individual school communities to enhance the pupils’ learning.

All of these aspects and much more ensure our schools are vibrant places, full of opportunity and excitement. The close partnership between the two federations ensures the pupils continue to have these opportunities.

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