Excellent Learning, Teaching and Leadership for All

Welcome to the Windsor Learning Partnership (WLP), a new education trust specifically for schools in the Windsor area.  We are committed to providing an exceptional education for all young people in the local community.  These pages provide general information about the Trust, its purpose, organisation and work.  If you have any queries or questions about us, please email the Chair of Trustees via the schools’ contact addresses.

The Windsor Learning Partnership

About WLP

In March 2015, Windsor Girls’ School and The Windsor Boys’ School converted to academy status.  This means they are independent and not controlled by the borough council. Together the two schools have formed a multi-academy trust called the Windsor Learning Partnership (WLP).  The Trust is a charitable body and the single legal entity responsible for the schools.

The WLP’s purpose and commitment is to provide an exceptional education for all young people in the local community.  We believe in:

  • Students being at the heart of everything we do.
  • Driving up standards of teaching and levels of student achievement, through dynamic leadership, innovative teaching and inspired learning for all.
  • Enhancing the learning opportunities and aspirations of all our students.
  • Taking an open and collaborative approach to building a successful community of schools in the local area.

See WLP purpose and vision

As academies, the schools are now funded directly from the government rather than through the local council.  The WLP is responsible for managing the schools.  The local council continues to have a statutory duty to ensure effective school provision in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead.

The Trust is led by a chief executive and a board of trustees who are responsible for directing and overseeing the Trust’s affairs and setting the strategic direction of its academies.  The board meets formally a number of times a year and is in regular contact with headteachers, governing bodies and others. See WLP board of trustees

The WLP board of trustees is overseen by WLP members.  Members are akin to the shareholders of a company, although as the trust is a charity their liability is limited. Members have ultimate control over the academy trust and appoint some of the trustees, though they are not involved in the general running of the Trust and its academies.  See WLP members

The nature and running of the two schools day-to-day is largely unaffected by academy status or being part of the WLP. Each school continues to have its own governing body and head teacher. There are no changes to school names, uniforms, school days, staff terms and conditions, or admissions arrangements. Both schools also continue to interact with other schools in Windsor, and work with colleges, the local council and other partners to improve standards and the educational experiences of all our students.  See headteacher comments on the WLP

The WLP devolves much of the regular oversight, support and challenge of its schools to their respective governing bodies.  This avoids duplication and an extra layer of bureaucracy.  A number of the WLP trustees are also school governors.

The WLP has established a set of priorities to guide its work over the coming year.  See WLP strategic priorities 2015/16

Purpose and Vision Statement

Purpose and Vision

Excellent Learning, Teaching and Leadership for All

Our purpose and commitment is to provide an exceptional education for all young people in the local community.

 

The Windsor Learning Partnership believes in:

  • Students being at the heart of everything we do.
  • Driving up standards of teaching and levels of student achievement, through dynamic leadership, innovative teaching and inspired learning for all.
  • Enhancing the learning opportunities and aspirations of all our students.
  • Taking an open and collaborative approach to building a successful community of schools in the local area.

 

For students this means

  • Helping you to achieve your aspirational targets through excellent teaching and a stimulating, safe and inclusive environment
  • Providing you with an inspiring all-round educational experience that will give you better life chances, personal fulfilment, recognition and confidence.
  • Guiding and supporting you on progression routes through to a successful career at all stages of life.
  • Helping you develop the skills, interests and aptitudes to be a valued member of the wider community.

 

For academies, headteachers, teachers, support staff, governors and the wider community this means

  • Building a collaborative and coherent approach to inclusive education in the Windsor area from ages 3 to 18.
  • Strengthening the transition between learning stages and school phases.
  • Encouraging an approach of earned autonomy, enabling schools to share in the support and challenge of the collective WLP group combined with the freedom to develop their individual ethos suited to the needs of their school’s community.
  • Providing outstanding professional development, leadership and career opportunities tailored to local Windsor needs.
  • Ensuring the effective use of public money, seeking synergies and efficiencies across schools.
Strategic Priorities 2015-2016

Windsor Learning Partnership – Strategic Priorities 2015-16

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The Windsor Learning Partnership is working to fulfil its vision through a work agenda built around a set of high-level strategic priorities. These priorities and actions related to them are tracked and reviewed regularly by the WLP Board.  As a new body, the strategic priorities at the stage are broad in nature.

 

1.   School performance

Ensure the Trust’s academies are on track to be successful schools, with ambitious and achievable development plans to deliver progress and improvements, actively reviewed by Local Governing Bodies.

For Windsor Girls’ School:  ensure plans and systems are in place and being achieved to drive progress in learning and teaching and, in due course, maintain its OFSTED rating.
For The Windsor Boys’ School:  ensure plans and systems are in place and being achieved to bring about required improvements to learning and teaching, and to support the School with the School Improvement Partner to improve outcomes and, in due course, its OFSTED rating.

 

2.   Key stage 5: Sixth-form provision

Exploit opportunities to deliver greater collaboration and consolidation of 6th Form provision across Windsor Girls’ School and The Windsor Boys’ School.  Deliver sustainable course provision, rewarding learning, and financial efficiencies and improved outcomes through collaborative course and resource management across both sites.
Longer term, if and when required, explore viable solutions for a single site for 6th provision, and collaborations with other education partners in the Windsor area, alongside the Royal Borough’s strategy.
3.   Key Stage 4 learning

Support each school’s development plan to achieve high levels of progress and attainment at KS4, including reducing the gap between pupil premium and non-pupil premium students, by promoting the sharing of best practice and innovative approaches to learning, teaching and tracking across WLP schools, and improving the transition from middle schools ahead of KS4.
4.   Trust development

Engage and collaborate with the wider Windsor school community at both Trust and individual academy level, to improve the coherence of learning phases and school transition from ages 3-18 by promoting partnerships across schools and expanding the Trust when appropriate to further our vision of building a successful community of schools across the Windsor area.

 

5.   Staff recruitment and development

Improve recruitment, retention, career development and succession planning opportunities across the Trust’s schools through a collaborative approach to provide a consistently excellent learning and teaching environment.
6.   Student enrichment

Support sporting, arts, careers and other extra-curricular collaborations between schools, ensuring a good range of enrichment activities and, where appropriate, increased opportunities across the schools.

 

7.   Finance

Ensure individual academies and the Trust as a whole are managed in accordance with their agreed financial budgets, and have a stable and sustainable financial position with effective financial controls and risk management systems.

 

8.   Trust organisation and efficiency

Embed the Trust as a working organisation. Where required, harmonise systems and processes across the Trust’s academies to deliver effective information on educational standards and finance to the Board.
Achieve efficiencies through collaborative management of supply contracts and support staff across academies.

Board Of Trustees

Board of Trustees

Windsor Learning Partnership – Board of Trustees

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Andrew Wardlow (chair)

Andrew has been a parent governor at Windsor Girls’ School since 2014 and a Windsor resident for 20 years. He is currently taking a career break, having previously had a career spanning economics, finance, communications and governance at the Bank of England.  He has daughters at Windsor Girls’ School and previously St Edward’s Middle and First Schools.

 

Gill Labrum (chief executive)

Gill has been headteacher of Windsor Girls’ School since 2007. In 2014 she was designated a National Leader in Education. Gill has led Windsor Girls’ School through three Ofsted inspections taking the school from “satisfactory” to “good with outstanding features” to “outstanding”. In 2014 Windsor Girls’ School was designated a Teaching School and National Support School.

 

Alison Bartoletti

Alison has been a governor at Windsor Girls’ School since 2011 and Chair of Governors since 2014. She is an independent talent and development consultant having spent 17 years at British Airways. She has three children, a daughter and a son who attend Windsor Girls’ School and The Windsor Boys’ School, and a son at St. Edward’s Royal Free Middle School.

 

Katie Chevis (vice chair)

Katie has been a parent governor at The Windsor Boys’ School since October 2012 and became chair of governors in 2015. She is a director of a corporate training company in Windsor and mother of four boys.

 

Tony Evans

Tony is a parent governor at The Windsor Boys’ School with three children who have attended The Windsor Boys’ and Windsor Girls’ Schools, having started their education at Trinity St Stephen First School. Tony has lived in Windsor since 1991.  In 1996 he founded Egilive Communication, an agency specialising in the design of leadership meetings and launch events.

 

Gavin Henderson

Gavin has been Head of The Windsor Boys’ School since September 2013, previously being a deputy head at a mixed 11 - 18 school in West London for over 10 years.  His expertise is in developing teacher quality and subject leadership improvement.  The Windsor Boys’ School belongs to Challenge Partners, a London based network of schools, developing school-to-school improvement strategies.

 

Ammer Masood

Ammer has been a co-opted governor at Windsor Girls School since 1996 and has been vice-chair since October 2015. He is also a member of the Finance, Pay and Marketing Committees and is part of the team that manages the headteacher’s performance. He has four children and works in telecoms.

 

David Oliver

David has been a parent governor at The Windsor Boys’ School since 2003. He is a partner in a leading professional services firm and has a son at The Windsor Boys’ School and a daughter at Windsor Girls’ School.

 

Members

Windsor Learning Partnership – Members

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Peter Rawling

Peter has been associated with education in Windsor since joining the then Windsor Grammar School as a teacher in 1973. He retired as deputy head of The Windsor Boys’ School in 2011 and now works with the PiXL organisation, advising schools all over the country on sixth form matters and particularly on entry to universities.

David Simpson

David was chair of governors at The Windsor Boys’ School from 2010 to 2015. Until retiring David was a judge specialising in youth and family work, a trainer for the Judicial College, a member of the Youth Justice Board and chair of the Advisory Panel on Children’s Viewing for the British Board of Film Classification.

Andrew Wardlow

Andrew is the chair of the Windsor Learning Partnership (see WLP board of trustees). He has been a parent governor at Windsor Girls’ School since 2014 and a Windsor resident for 20 years. He is currently taking a career break, having previously had a career spanning economics, finance, communications and governance at the Bank of England.  He has daughters at Windsor Girls’ School and previously St Edward’s Middle and First Schools.

Penny Wood

Penny has been a governor at Windsor Girls’ School since 2010. She sits on the Learning and Teaching Committee and is the safeguarding governor. She has taught for many years and was a deputy headteacher. She has two daughters who previously went to Windsor Girls’ School and a son who is at The Windsor Boys’ School.  Penny has been a magistrate for the past thirteen years and runs a property developing business.

Andrew Wright

Andrew was a governor at Windsor Girls’ School from 1999 to 2014 and chair of governors from 2007 to 2014. He works in customer service for an airline, having previously had management roles at Barclays Bank and Fujitsu Services. He has two children; a son who attended The Windsor Boys’ School and a daughter who attended Windsor Girls’ School.

Trustees Report and Financial Statements 2015 – 2016
Headteacher Comments

Windsor Learning Partnership
Comments by Headteachers on the Formation of the Trust

Excellent Learning, Teaching and Leadership for All

Gill Labrum, headteacher of Windsor Girls’ School:

“Our schools are an integral part of the Windsor education community, and many families have children at both schools. Jointly creating the Windsor Learning Partnership will enable us to more effectively meet the needs of our students, their families, and the community. We are already working together in several ways, and are confident that academy conversion will help both schools continue to improve.”

 

Gavin Henderson, headteacher of The Windsor Boys’ School:

“This is a time of extensive change in education. Working together provides us with a greater ability to manage changes effectively, to share best practice, and to achieve our local vision for both schools to be outstanding. We are excited about the opportunities that collaboration brings, while remaining faithful to the ethos of each school that is valued by students and their families.”

Policies

Windsor Learning Partnership Policies link