Maritime Academy Trust
The Maritime Academy Trust was established in September 2016 to formalise the partnership between Millennium, Brooklands and Timbercroft. Since then we have continued to go from strength to strength and have welcomed Greenwich schools, Greenacres Primary and Nightingale Primary as well as Featherby Infants and Featherby Juniors from Medway, Kent.
Millennium, Brooklands and Timbercroft Partnership
Millennium, Brooklands and Timbercroft began working in partnership under the leadership of Executive Headteacher, Nick Osborne in 2013-2014. Each school had its own Head of School - here at Millennium, we had Joanna Gledhill. Millennium joined forces with the outstanding Brooklands in January 2013, and the highly effective collaboration helped Millennium make the rapid improvement to Outstanding. Millennium is now an incredibly strong school in its own right with outstanding teaching throughout the school. Timbercroft joined the Millennium and Brooklands partnership in November 2014. Its staff were provided with the opportunity to learn alongside the Millennium and Brooklands teams. We have had a number of joint training sessions and teachers continue to meet regularly to plan exciting topics and projects together.
How does the MAT work?
All of the schools have their own identities and are separate schools; however, we share similar visions and values. There is a great deal of collaboration behind the scenes. This helps us to benchmark our standards and work together to improve teaching and learning for all the children.
How do the schools work together?
In order to keep making progress as a school, the key area to focus on is teaching and learning, so a lot of the work behind the scenes is dedicated to supporting and developing staff across all areas of the school.
Here are some of the ways in which we work together:
- Joint training
- Teachers observe Outstanding teaching in the partner schools
- Joint planning - Tteachers share how they plan their learning
- Joint monitoring - The leadership team and class teachers regularly monitor the quality of learning in books. We do this across the entire school, but we also look at our partner schools’ books to help benchmark standards. We look to see what we can learn from the other schools' books. Are our expectations high enough and is the quality of our feedback good enough?
- Shared resources
- Subject leaders work together across the schools to support each other in the teaching of all the specific subjects such as English and Maths
- Our governors work closely together so that we can support and challenge each other to raise standards across all the schools
- Throughout the year, our children compete against each other in sports events - this gives the children the experience of competition and gives them targets to aim for during PE sessions
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