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Partnership Working


Old Basford School is a proud 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.



‘Primary 6 Partnership; Our Future, Our Way’.


 ‘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’


Schools that form the Primary 6 Partnership are Heathfield, Hempshill Hall, Old Basford and 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 four schools operating across five sites serving over 2,000 children, we collaborate on six key areas.




Aspiration for all

Leadership development

Head teacher Management Group

Senior Leaders Group

Leading, teaching and learning in a Covid 19 context

Governor support and training by request

Shared Code of Conduct


Excellence for all

Teaching and learning

Maths subject leader group

Royal Shakespeare Company Associate Schools Partnership Group


Enjoyment for all


Support for music, sport and additional enrichment activities as needed.


Equality for all

External partnerships & links

Developing local community links in response to the needs of schools in their local context.

Link with city-wide and national organisations which support the P6P mission statement.


Efficiency for all

Systems, communication and processes

A shared information & communication system: SharePoint

Joint budget management

Information and data sharing/transparency


Improvement for all


School system development

National Leader of Education

Specialist Leader of Education (SLE)

Ofsted trained Head teacher & P6P Chair

P6P Peer Review Programme.

Links with local Multi-Academy Trusts and Teaching School Alliances



The partnership has continued to be a supportive forum for leaders and teachers during the Covid 19 lockdown period and will continue to share ideas and best practice as schools return in September 2020. Our work plan has adjusted in light of the new Covid context for schools and the challenges this presents, but covers the elements above.

In addition, our schools are committed to continuing to develop and strengthen the community development work begun in 2019/20. This recognises the expectation that schools will ‘…prepare learners for life in modern Britain by equipping them to be responsible, respectful, active citizens who contribute positively to society’ Inspection Framework, Ofsted 2019 but also that the relationships between schools and communities are more important than ever.


Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) Lead Associate Schools 2020/21

‘Enthusing staff and children with the wonder and challenge of Shakespeare across the curriculum, in all keys stages and for all settings. Creating opportunity, developing talent and extending reach and impact together.’


As lead schools the P6P co-ordinates the delivery of the RSC Associate Schools Programme in the City, working with six other schools. This includes collaborating with our associate artists for music, drama and the visual arts as well as maintaining strong relationships with both the Theatre Royal Nottingham and Nottingham Playhouse. For 2020/21 the RSC Associate Schools Partnership will focus on The Tempest and aims to end the year with a showcase event at Nottingham Playhouse, summer 2021.

Our lead staff are pictured here in Stratford upon Avon, having been presented with their Certificates in Teaching by Greg Doran, Artistic Director of the RSC.

'Creativity is highly valued. The quality of pupils’ artwork, displayed in all areas, is impressive. The school has links with the Royal Shakespeare Company. Pupils spoke warmly about how these links have helped them in their creative work' 

Hempshill Hall Primary School, RSC Lead Associate School (P6P) Ofsted, November 2019.

For more information about P6P activity contact:


Heidi Shewell-Cooper, Primary 6 Partnership Manager,

Heidi.shewell-cooper@nottinghamcity.gov.uk  0793 067 0537

Heathfield, Hempshill Hall, Old Basford and Rosslyn Park Primary Schools 



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 2017-2020. 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. 

Transform Trust Teaching School Alliance



Old Basford School 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 www.transformtrust.co.uk/