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30/11/21

Well done to Mr Dawson, Mr Harris and Mr Henderson for raising awareness amongst our young people for such a great cause 👏 https://t.co/uAEcpTCqe0

16/11/21

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

Well done to Team who took part in the Boys’ District X-Country today at 🏃 fantastic effort from all students involved! https://t.co/qMARpDiiAZ

16/11/21

This morning Mr Place, Head of School, met with this delightful group of Year 8 students who have recently received top Attitude to Learning scores. They gave some fantastic feedback and enjoyed a hot chocolate and a cookie (or two)! https://t.co/9bq5NoRLJA

15/11/21

📣We have just launched our official de Stafford School Instagram account. Please give us a follow by clicking here: https://t.co/BJyNuk8G9L If there is anything you would like to see more of on our social media pages, then please do comment below! https://t.co/kHk62L83n8

15/11/21

It's wonderful to see so many of our Year 7 cohort sporting today in support of Anti-Bullying Week. https://t.co/oVzN5omByF

15/11/21

We wish our Year 11 cohort every success with their Mock Examinations, which have commenced today. Please refer to the dedicated page on our website for exam and revision session timetables https://t.co/2jiaSPxrCh.... https://t.co/LTEHKHFy7Y

12/11/21

Mr Place met with this wonderful group of Year 7 students yesterday for hot chocolate and biscuits, in recognition of their recent outstanding Attitude to Learning scores. Well done to you all for making such a great start to your journey 👏 https://t.co/rYBtk3E3yP

12/11/21

A very well done to our Year 9 B team for their success in the 7-a-side football tournament yesterday! ⚽️ https://t.co/GB0TA9tUSP

12/11/21

FREE TICKETS TO MATCH THIS SUNDAY ⚽️ have kindly offered 20 free tickets for the home match against Dulwich Hamlets this Sunday (3:30pm KO). Please email Julie at juliepayne45.com if you are interested. https://t.co/GraXrjkWIC

11/11/21

Thank you to the students who brilliantly represented the whole school community at our Service of Remembrance today. https://t.co/QCsT88Hy7k

11/11/21

Well done to our Year 7 netball team for a fantastic performance this week 🏆. https://t.co/19JEQMUVwb

10/11/21

We look forward to welcoming Year 8 parents, carers and students to our Options Information Evening from 5:30-6:30pm. The presentation will cover the key aspects of the Options Process including the Key Stage 4 curriculum of subjects and advice on making the right choices. https://t.co/xKps9U9Flb

02/11/21

Thank you to 285 Coulsdon & Purley Squadron Royal Air Force Air Cadets for visiting our Year 9 students this morning. Click here to register for their 'Try it and see day' on Sat 20 Nov: https://t.co/z4GckI7EeI https://t.co/6SMT0rMHAd

22/10/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin: https://t.co/VlUgcHCzRm We would like to wish all of our staff, students and their families a wonderful half term break! https://t.co/QlhifjxDV0

22/10/21

We're grateful to the for visiting us this morning to speak to our Year 7 cohort about the importance of online safety. https://t.co/btuBLasFRO

22/10/21

A big thank you to Caterham based, Football Fever Academy, for running the after-school coaching session for our girls football team yesterday. It was lovely to hear how engaged and focused the girls were and a "credit to the school with bags of potential" 😀👏 https://t.co/OiFsK51SrO

21/10/21

Retweeted From Pathway CTM

Calling all Yr 11 students & parents across Surrey. There is still time to register onto the event today 🙌🏼 Hear all about your Post16 options and have your questions answered. https://t.co/z7swHMBgHZ

15/10/21

Please find a link to our weekly news bulletin for our parents and carers: https://t.co/L3QPWOuL0y We would like to wish all of our followers a fantastic weekend and look forward to welcoming students back into school on Monday! https://t.co/cMuE34uRNH

14/10/21

A big thank you to the Drama team from who visited our Year 11 students yesterday to help inspire and develop their final devised performances. We're very proud of our students who behaved impeccably and demonstrated great enthusiasm to try something new. https://t.co/4oMxV13Ajb

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’.”