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Partnership Working


Old Basford School is a member of   

Nottingham Schools Trust. 



In 2017 a group of Nottingham schools joined forces to establish the Nottingham Schools Trust – a collaborative partnership focusing on improving education for the children of Nottingham.  NST has a priority to provide sustainable school to school support to all of the member schools within the trust and take full advantage of the breadth and expertise that already exist in member schools.  NST’s guiding principles are to challenge, support and improve member schools and academies to ensure that all their children succeed.


Old Basford School has a voice in the decision-making process, through the Trust’s open and transparent governance. Moreover, the Trust values the diversity which exists in our schools and actively encourages each school joining the Trust to maintain and further develop its own distinctive culture and identity.

Transform Trust Teaching School Alliance



Old Basford School is frequently accesses the Transform Trust Teaching School Alliance.

Schools supported by Transform will have access to education expertise, support and experience from across the growing Teaching School Alliance.

Within the Alliance is a core school improvement capability of 5 National Leaders of Education, 9 Local Leaders of Education, 2 National Leaders of Governance, 18 Specialist Leaders of Education, as well as 24 ITP/OTP facilitators and 5 Ofsted trained inspectors (AI).

Staff are able to access a range of opportunities and professional development programmes to develop high quality learning and teaching.  

Currently we access:
Middle and Senior Leaders Development Programme, Bespoke Leadership Courses, Bespoke Coaching Programmes, NQT and recently Qualified Teacher Training, Subject Specific Networks and Year Group Networks.

Transform Teaching School Alliance was approved by the Department of Education in March 2012 and further information can be found on the Trust website


Primary 6 Partnership (P6P) 2019/20
‘The Primary 6 Partnership’s over-arching aim is to raise standards and improve outcomes for all children and young people in its community. It aspires to create a culture of high aspiration, a commitment to life-long learning and a determination to succeed and enjoy’
P6P Teaching and Learning Statement.


Old Basford School is an original Founder Member School of the Partnership from when it first begin in 2006. In our 13 year journey the partnership as evolved and continues to flourish.



Schools that form the Primary 6 Partnership are Heathfield, Hempshill Hall, Old Basford, Rosslyn Park Primary Schools, a mix of maintained schools and academies. The partnership emerged from an existing family of schools with strong historical relationships.

As five schools operating across six sites serving over 2,500 children, we collaborate on six key areas.


There is a commitment from all schools to share expertise and resources to be as efficient and effective as possible, to enable children, staff and communities reach their potential. The P6P seeks to raise educational standards and provide positive, engaging learning opportunities and impact on school improvement by being


  • A network of excellence- improving whole system performance through our effective learning partnerships and joint practice development.
  • An engine of improvement – through support and challenge we will share strengths to address areas for improvement.
  • A source of efficiency- ensuring best value and sharing resources through collaboration.

The cohesive group of Head teachers direct the work of the partnership, monitor the implementation of the action plan and provide professional peer support. They are also keen to evaluate the impact of the various projects to ensure we are working effectively and they are supported by a part-time Partnership Manager.

Over recent years we have worked successfully with a range of partners, including Royal Shakespeare Company, Transform Teaching School Alliance, Nottingham City Council, Enabling Enterprise, National Literacy Trust, Patrons of Reading, Independent Thinking, The British Council, Nottingham University, Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham Playhouse, and Nottingham Theatre Royal amongst others….

For 2019/20 we are delighted to continue our work as a group of  '4 Lead Associate Partnership Schools' who work with the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Theatre Royal Nottingham to provide high quality training for staff and a wide range of opportunities for pupils as we embed Shakespeare texts into the curriculum.  We have now built a larger partnership of 12 schools, who we support, from across the City to be part of this exciting collaboration.

The P6P was one of only 15 schools nationwide to receive funding to operate as an Enthuse Partnership to promote STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths).  We are focusing this funding over the next two years on work with our Year 4 pupils and staff to impact upon the progress and attainment of all children and particularly those for whom pupil premium funding is relevant.

The Partnership priorities relate to School Improvement Plans and governors receive updates each term in order to consider the impact of activity for their own schools. The P6P is keen to innovate and to keep up to date with key policy developments in order to anticipate the educational opportunities and challenges ahead.


" Working together as a committed group of schools has enormous benefits for children, families and staff across our communities, By supporting and challenging one another, and sharing our resources, everyone gains from the added value that such a creative partnership brings to our individual schools”

Gary Fullwood, P6P Chair and Executive Head teacher of Heathfield Primary & Nursery School.


Contact; Heidi Shewell-Cooper, Primary 6 Partnership Manager, 0793 067 0537
HSC July 2019



The schools in the Primary 6 Partnership (P6P) were only one of 15 groups of schools to be granted funding to work as an Enthuse Partnership from 2017-2019. The funding is provided by STEM learning working with the Department of Education. STEM covers science, technology, engineering and maths subject areas.

ENTHUSE Partnerships are groups of between four and eight schools and colleges located in England. These groups receive a bursary of up to £12,000 and can use this money to work together to address local issues and to support the development and success of STEM subjects. ENTHUSE Partnerships aim to support collaborative activities over two years to develop and strengthen local partnerships which can then continue independently.


​In the P6P we are using this funding to support work in Year 4 and will be providing high quality science training for Year 4 staff in each school, including joint activities over the next two years. We will be particularly supporting the leadership of our science subject leaders as well as developing our Year 4 class teachers. Part of our work will include a joint Year 4 Science Festival in March 2018 and increasing our links with local industries. Through this project we hope all children will be enthusiastic about science and expect progress and attainment in science to improve for all and for children eligible for the pupil premium grant in particular. We are pleased to be working with our local Science Learning Partnership, Ellis Guilford Secondary School and Basford Hall College as well as other partners like STEM Ambassadors along the way.