Chelmsford Primary Cluster and The River Chelmer Partnership
The Chelmer Primary Cluster is a consortium of nine local Primary schools; Boreham, Broomfield, Ford End, Great Waltham, Little Waltham, Newland Spring, Parkwood Academy and St Pius X. Together with Chelmer Valley High School the consortium form The River Chelmer Partnership. Headteachers of each establishment meet together each half term, as do their deputies, to discuss and share ideas on new government initiatives as well as leading school improvement, particularly in teaching and learning. As a whole group we hold an annual 2 day Cluster Conference in Aldeburgh which is invaluable in sharing ideas, research and current educational thinking as well as planning strategically together. This has included ways to support and enhance the Chelmsford Schools Teaching Alliance, to which we all belong.
The cluster of schools has been subdivided into ‘Trios’ – where leaders of three schools meet together more frequently to support and evaluate practise and share successful strategies for school improvement – including staff visiting different schools. Great Leighs works with Ford End and Boreham.
Key subject leaders from each school meet each term to share and develop ideas and monitor their subjects across the schools.
The children from the cluster of schools benefit from our work in many ways as we implement successful practice where appropriate in our schools. In addition the cluster of schools provide a selection of enrichment days where a couple of children from each school meet for specific learning in one school who hosts the event. These days include: art and design, dance, Level 6 literacy and numeracy, Forest School, graphic design using ICT, drama, Shakespeare and design technology. These days culminate in a Cluster Quiz which takes place at the end of the academic year.