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24/11/20

Congratulations to this lovely group of Year 9s who achieved excellent Attitude to Learning scores in their recent reports. Mr Place had the pleasure of meeting them this morning to praise their efforts and receive feedback on their school year to date.👏#growlearnbelieveachieve https://t.co/0uNp6VUJYF

24/11/20

CHRISTMAS JUMPER DAY - MONDAY 14 DECEMBER 2020 All staff and students are invited to wear their Christmas jumper to school on Monday 14 December! Should you wish to support the valuable work of you can make a donation directly online: https://t.co/qPcwb7hWxK. https://t.co/fq29F1Qoty

23/11/20

Well done to Y8 students Rosie Skeet, Amelie Wells, Jessica Murtagh and Ciara Reed (pictured) plus Shannon Stockley and Max Sutton who were all invited to meet with Mr Place today in recognition of their recent excellent Attitude to Learning scores! 🏆 https://t.co/rdAkUVaaEq

20/11/20

Retweeted From Merstham Park School

We are expanding our team and are pleased to be recruiting a cover supervisor. Check out this link if you are interested in joining two forward thinking GLF schools https://t.co/RvlvmDLuqm

20/11/20

YEAR 11 PARENTS/CARERS: Please find a link to a letter regarding study leave for our Year 11 students (23 - 26 Nov inclusive) https://t.co/dk1LqZZoha. Students are expected in school for their mock exam sessions only during this period. Please see the letter for further info. https://t.co/yvuVI538pV

20/11/20

Please find a link to the weekly news bulletin which includes important updates from the Head of School as well as our Heads of Year: https://t.co/yzV0vwIs7F Stay safe and have a lovely weekend everyone!

19/11/20

It's wonderful to see our students being able to make such great use of our on-site pool facilities. Well done Year 9 and ! https://t.co/ekraMCpjQ6

19/11/20

A final reminder that the school will be closed to all students tomorrow for a staff INSET Day. The school will reopen to students at the usual time on Monday 23 November on a Week 1 timetable. Thank you for your cooperation! https://t.co/2U06esSvtf

19/11/20

*PARENTS AND CARERS*- The Caterham Food Bank are offering FREE CHRISTMAS FOOD HAMPERS for local families and individuals in need🌲. Please email caroline.sidwell.org.uk or call 01883 347818 today for further details. https://t.co/fdcfejKtXS

18/11/20

Parents and Carers- a reminder that all related correspondence will be posted on our website here: https://t.co/mKpGbUReId as well as directly via . We thank you for your continued cooperation during these unprecedented times. https://t.co/eryrmvMn0N

17/11/20

Congratulations and very well done to this fantastic group of Year 7 students, who were invited for hot chocolate and cake with Mr Place this morning in recognition of their excellent 'attitude to learning' scores! https://t.co/byl1GsUuzx

16/11/20

Well done to our Year 11 cohort who made a fantastic start to their mock exams today! Remember your exam timetable and revision sources can be found here: https://t.co/sBFugLlSd9 and your teachers are here to support you every step of the way! https://t.co/NuHBYc3CBT

16/11/20

A reminder to parents and carers that the school will be closed to students this coming Friday, 20th November for an INSET Day. https://t.co/CdLrUwdS4i

13/11/20

Our weekly bulletin has just been sent to parents/carers via together with a letter from . Please click here to view a copy of this week's bulletin: https://t.co/Uo1g0vlnAm We would like to wish all of our followers a happy and healthy weekend! https://t.co/jacHSXH15v

13/11/20

We're recruiting highly motivated individuals to join our fantastic Learning Support team. If you have excellent communication skills, a calm and patient personality and a caring approach to supporting young people, please click here for further info: https://t.co/1lVchWIfRS https://t.co/BEvPGlLPqA

12/11/20

Well done Year 9 👏🏻 and a big thank you to all the staff who are making this valuable opportunity available to our students again this year! https://t.co/CLuQorsT83

11/11/20

🌹At the 11th hour, on the 11th day, of the 11th month, we will always remember 🌹 https://t.co/VsTYG8EZ8e

11/11/20

Thank you to Miss Hillsdon for her virtual assembly this morning. There will be a wreath laying ceremony at the front of the school at 10:45am and we will be observing a 2 minute silence at 11am. https://t.co/P1AwA0Zd0Q

10/11/20

Don't forget! Homework club starts today for our Year 8 students and will run every Tuesday from 3:15 - 4:15pm in our well equipped Learning Resource Centre. https://t.co/elvu4omHi4

09/11/20

Parents/Carers - our school uniform supplier are currently offering a 10% discount on online orders between now and 2nd December! https://t.co/9crlbpNGAk

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’.”