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24/02/21

📢Parents and Carers Please click here for an update further to the recent government announcement https://t.co/c8RK9wMrJT. We've also sent you a copy via . Please don't hesitate to contact us with any questions! https://t.co/wmjFiGzfhB

12/02/21

Please find a link to our end of half term news bulletin: https://t.co/8iGPM3nTci. You will also find a host of Remote Learning guides and info on our website here: https://t.co/7Jf4MFAHD3 We wish you all a wonderful half term break and thank you for your continued support.🌟

09/02/21

We're extremely grateful for the feedback we continue to receive from our students and parents/carers. As ever, if you have any ideas or comments then please do email us at headteacher.org.uk, we'd love to hear from you! https://t.co/4C1F48z6PP

05/02/21

Parents and Carers-please find a link to our weekly news bulletin :https://t.co/9aTlciUCfE. We also wanted to share with you this lovely poem which Katie M in Year 7 wrote in her recent PATHS lesson. https://t.co/ubHIAl2DXK

04/02/21

Year 7 have been studying Greek Theatre in their Drama lessons and this week they had a go at creating their own masks. Great effort Year 7! 👏#Drama https://t.co/lmdBBK0CgA

03/02/21

🌟Year 8 Parents & Carers🌟 A reminder that the Parents' & Carers' Evening online booking system is open from 6.00pm tonight and will close at 9.00pm on 8 February 2021. Bookings should be made via https://t.co/NhKOWkOqoY. See our website for more info: https://t.co/GD3vU80CsR

02/02/21

Please visit our website or see for information relating to our upcoming (virtual) Year 8 Parents' and Carers' Evening: https://t.co/GD3vU80CsR https://t.co/TFejxTuJqf

01/02/21

We are very grateful for all the feedback and support we receive from students, parents and carers as we navigate these unprecedented times. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you ever have any questions or concerns. https://t.co/weBR7pfQok

01/02/21

Thank you to the who will be providing virtual online safety presentations to our Year 7 students during period 1 today and tomorrow. https://t.co/jCZ6veMU2f

31/01/21

A reminder we will be operating an adjusted student timetable from tomorrow (Mon 1 Feb) as below. Please see our latest news bulletin for further detail. https://t.co/CJj7APceER

27/01/21

Thank you to Kiara in Year 8 for this inspirational piece of poetry. We felt it was too good not to share! 👏#deStaffordProud https://t.co/OkS681AJyN

21/01/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Fantastic work from Miss Porter’s Year 7 girls this morning, who were challenged to create their own circuit! 💪 https://t.co/yRxBI4aU9H

19/01/21

Please find a link to a letter for our Year 11 students and their parents/carers relating to the cancellation of GCSE & A Level examinations this year: https://t.co/uatBtjhsMb . A copy has also been sent via today. Don't hesitate to contact us with any questions!

18/01/21

yes, there is a Broadcast Video Library on the website here: https://t.co/P1uYyAjFYa where children can catch up on all previous V-Talks. We hope your daughter enjoys watching!

08/01/21

Parents and Carers -please find a link to our news bulletin https://t.co/hBUIy76FiF which has also been sent to you via . We would like to wish all of our followers a happy and healthy weekend!

08/01/21

Retweeted From Speakers for Schools

Tune in to hear from Shai Weiss, CEO of Airways on Thursday at 5pm!🕔 Shai will share career insights & advice on teamwork, resilience and maintaining mental clarity during difficult times.🙌 To join: https://t.co/KZT5cMlxrs. https://t.co/GUFBnmDj9n

05/01/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

WELCOME TO THE PE TEAM! Miss Gentry has joined and you will soon meet her in your remote lessons...although you’ll have to wait until February to see her basketball skills in person! 🏀 https://t.co/rw4OQ8YQ5g

05/01/21

Parents and Carers - further to the most recent government announcement, please find a link to an update letter: https://t.co/ZpBB9cfIax We will continue to keep you updated and thank you again for your support and patience.

04/01/21

📢We are looking for volunteers to support our Rapid Covid-19 Testing programme . Please click here for further details and to register your interest: https://t.co/6z286ndKg9 https://t.co/PgTbQYAGrs

31/12/20

Parents and Carers - further to the most recent government announcement, please find an update to our start of term arrangements: https://t.co/YBNWTmxRSR. We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all the very best as we enter 2021.

Posted on: 05/11/2020

Celebrating a decade of collaborative success

de Stafford is joining our GLF colleagues in celebrating a decade of partnership working which started with Glyn School and Danetree Primary and now has more than 40 schools, including our own.

October saw the milestone anniversary of the two schools working together to lay the foundations for what, a decade later, has become GLF Schools, with 41 secondary and primary schools across five different local education authorities.

GLF’s CEO Jon Chaloner was head teacher of Glyn when it began, and has since moved to his current position, covering the whole group and guiding that initial partnership onwards, outwards and upwards to what it has become today. 

He said what began out of necessity soon emerged as an opportunity for something much bigger and more innovative. 

“At the end of September 2010, Danetree did not have a permanent head teacher, so the local authority asked local schools for their availability to help,” he said. 

“Glyn was a National Support School and I was, and still am, a National Leader of Education, so the motivation was simple. Danetree’s children needed leadership as soon as possible, so we put together a team to help, and things developed from there.” 

Glyn had been through something of a transformation of its own with its Ofsted rating moving from Satisfactory to Outstanding across the course of seven terms between 2006 and 2009, so Jon said it was clear that they were in a position to lend a helping hand. 

“We were ideally placed to share our experiences of a rapid school improvement journey but we soon learnt how the primary sector was different, so we couldn’t just replicate what we’d achieved at Glyn,” he said.

“This has proved to be a valuable lesson for what GLF has gone on to become. One size does not fit all when it comes to schools, and things need to be made to measure. We always bear that in mind.” 

The collaboration was important for both schools and current head teacher at Glyn, Matt Duffield, explained: “The journey in school improvement that Glyn has been on since the partnership with Danetree began in 2010 has been remarkable. We are delighted that this association has developed into a much richer and broader relationship with the 40 other schools and 15,000 children.”

Long-term planning and learning lessons for future projects were nowhere on the agenda at this point, however.  

“The partnership was only intended to last for that one academic year,” Jon continued. “Link-ups of this sort between schools were becoming common at that time, but this was the first occasion in Surrey where a primary and a secondary school had teamed up that way. 

"It was a win-win situation, though. Danetree needed leadership to address matters from its Ofsted report the previous year, and it was a great opportunity for Glyn’s 12 Advanced Skills Teachers to gain more experience in that field. 

"Unintentionally, it soon became clear how much both sides were benefitting from the experience, and how advantageous it might be to pursue it further.” 

The head teacher at Danetree school Bethan Smith said the school had ‘benefited unreservedly from the support provided by GLF.

“As a result of effective partnership working, sharing expertise and learning from one another, Danetree has gone from strength-to-strength. The highly skilled central team provides support and challenge, which has enabled all schools within the trust to work effectively to achieve a common goal. I feel privileged to be part of the academy trust,” she said.

A subsequent Ofsted inspection in November of that year noted Danetree’s improvements as a result of the partnership, so much so that the local authority asked Glyn’s governors to extend it for the year 2011-12, which Danetree’s governors welcomed. This later became permanent, and as Glyn was an academy, Danetree converted to being one as well, and in September 2012 GLF Schools was founded. 

Shortly after this, GLF Schools received an approach from the governors of another local school, Cuddington Croft Primary, and later that year the Department of Education identified Glyn as a potential sponsor for several other underperforming Surrey primary schools, with four more schools joining in autumn 2013, and two brand new primaries also signing up. GLF Schools was starting to grow, and has continued to do so, but only as and when it feels right. 

“Today GLF comprises schools that have chosen to join, brand new schools that we have opened and also three more sponsored schools where there was a record of underperformance,” Jon said. 

“The blend of schools is strategic, rather than a random collection. Expansion has needed to be based upon the geography of our existing schools as well as being in a position to support all schools, whatever their performance at that time.” 

Despite many schools now bearing the GLF brand, Jon says the priority has always been the individuality of the school, not the group identity. “We always aim that schools should retain their individual identity and place in their local community, with our identity being less prominent,” he said.  “One thing that I hope does unite us all, though, is the message of being stronger with us than without us. That was the philosophy when it was just two schools, and it remains the same now.” 

GLF Schools’ greatest achievement over the last 10 years, Jon says, is the pupils its schools have produced. “Their personal achievements are vast and these are enabled through the partnerships between home, school and the trust,” he said.  

“Our schools are bound by a sense of purpose for our children and their families, and our leaders and governors contribute in many ways to the group’s continued development. We are one team, with many shared aspirations for each school.” 

The past 10 years have taken an initial two schools on a journey to something much bigger than anyone involved at the start could have anticipated, and when it comes to looking forwards, Jon is happy to keep his head down and continue encouraging the good work across the group. 

“In five years’ time we’ll still be here, supporting schools to be the best they possibly can be,” he said. 

“Education is essential for our society. Our schools will continue to be schools for their local communities, a place where all children who attend have the opportunity to ‘grow, learn and flourish’.”