Executive Strategic Partnership

Since September 2017, our school has been working with a number of other local schools on a range of projects designed to enhance the learning opportunities for our children. This collaboration is named the Executive Strategic Partnership or ESP.

 The following schools have agreed to work together in an informal but meaningful way, sharing best practice, resources and expertise to help raise standards:

Croft Playgroup

King William Playgroup

Central@RLK Playgroup

Clifton Street Pre-school

Lethbridge Primary School

King William Street CE Primary School

Robert Le Kyng Primary School

Highworth Warneford Secondary School

Commonweal School


The ESP operates in a climate of mutual trust and a willingness to explore a range of activities designed to support the work of all stakeholders. As a group we are better placed to access additional funding to support these activities.  There have been no changes in the way that individual governing bodies are structured; no restriction on the schools’ essential freedoms and no centralised pooling of finances. All schools within the ESP are committed to working collaboratively whilst retaining their unique identities. 

 Since September, there has been a great deal of review, planning and implementation undertaken through calendared meetings for key stakeholders, including Headteachers, School Business Managers, SENCO and Chairs of Governors.

 In addition, the ESP has:

·         Provided support for new Headteachers, new Chairs of Governors and new governors

·         Supported Schools preparing for Ofsted inspections

·         Worked with Senior Leadership teams to review priorities and strategies

·         Delivered an Emerging Leaders course to 25 staff across all schools in the group

·         Facilitated a programme of peer lesson observations called Triads across the three Primary Schools

·         Established a Key Stage 2/3 Transition working group to focus on academic and social continuity

·         Assisted the review of effective practice in two Playgroups

·         Explored the possibility of expanding our collaboration with other like - minded and appropriate providers

·         Provided support for administrative aspects of the schools’ work.


Such is the success of the collaboration that all schools have agreed to continue working together in the same manner through the next academic year. In the coming months our priorities are to:

·         Agree and implement an effective KS2/3 Transition strategy

·         Explore additional funding streams, particularly in relation to the Swindon Challenge bid

·         Extend the Triad lesson observation programme across the whole ESP group

·         Identify and deliver effective CPD opportunities – including the delivery of a second Emerging Leaders course

·         Ensure that all schools within the ESP remain or become at least Good in the eyes of Ofsted

·         Grow the ESP if and when appropriate.