Maximising Our Trust School Status

 

The Plymouth North West Learning Trust was established in June 2015 and was set up to maximise the potential for partnership working on campus and beyond.  As a result, we work closely with our partners at the Sir John Hunt and Whitleigh Primary Federation and Interserve Education who are based at Wood View Campus.  We have developed a Memorandum of Understand between the two governing bodies in the Trust.  This documents sets out how we use of shared facilities,  how we will organise the management of the campus to include elements such as the library,  HelpDesk systems and management of lettings and how we will contribute to funding these services.  We work closely with Interserve to manage the facilities daily and to make changes to improve future provision.  Interserve have supported the development of our allotment area and outside play spaces in 2014-16 which supported our trust priorities effectively.  This year Interserve are supporting with the further development of the outside space and our project to install a Solardome.

Each year the trust Board decides on the priorities for partnership working across the campus.

This year we have been looking at Healthy Choices with our young people and this has included a range of opportunities to think about health, diet and fitness over the year.  We even enjoyed a visit to a joint mock medical surgery to think about the types of medical interventions people need to undergo if they do not maintain their health!  We will be enjoying Wood Fest in the summer  term with our primary and secondary partner schools as well as many other invited school to celebrate the joy of being alive.

The focus for 2017/18 will be on staff health and wellbeing.  We plan to share resources and access to training between our schools that focuses on supporting staff to be resilient,  develop increased strategies to manage pressure and to stay healthy mentally and physically.  We know how important our joint workforce of 400+ staff is to us and we want to support them to enjoy good work life balance and cope with the impact of everyday life.

 

The Consultation

The Federated Governing Body of Wood View Learning Community decided in 2015 that the best way to protect and sustain the future of our school partnerships on the campus was to create a Trust and to embrace Foundation Status.

 Additionally, they sought to strengthen the governance arrangements for Woodlands School and set about developing a separate governing body, specifically focused on the needs of Woodlands and its Short Break Service.

The following documents detail the outcome of the trust consultation.

Decision report

Minutes of Full Governor's Board meeting 13 May 2015