Eliot Bank and Gordonbrock Schools Federation

Gordonbrock Primary School is in federation with Eliot Bank Primary School, with both schools working closely together led by Maria Gilmore, our Executive Headteacher. The Executive Headteacher works strategically across both schools whilst the Heads of School have full responsibility for leading and managing their schools.

This has proved to be very successful and standards continue to be significantly above national in both schools. We are regularly asked to work with other schools to share best practice and expertise.

The federation has a clear vision for the education of its children and our policies and practices are based on this. We want our children to enjoy learning whilst being challenged to meet the highest standards they can. Our schools are full of active and engaged learners who, as well as developing their academic skills, are also developing life skills of learning, friendship, effort and resilience.

Each of the schools is unique with very differing communities, sites and buildings. Even though part of a federation, our schools have retained their individuality. We are determined that the schools keep this individuality, underpinned by common expectations and purpose.

Staff across the schools work together in a number of ways to ensure the standard of teaching and learning is high. We have a shared curriculum, assessment strategies and policies.

Our Senior Leadership Teams work closely together to ensure that systems are aligned and working well and staff regularly meet for Continuing Professional Development opportunities. More experienced staff across the federation support less experienced colleagues ensuring that all quickly become proficient in their areas of responsibility.

The Heads of School work together to support and challenge one another. The schools work from the same curriculum map and year group teams meet regularly to plan. Phase Leaders and Curriculum Leaders also work in partnership, with joint learning walks and shared strategic planning.

The Eliot Bank and Gordonbrock Schools Federation Governing Body provides strategic leadership and accountability in both schools.

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