New school partnership forged

An independent and a secondary school have formalised an agreement to work together on a range of different projects

The independent school, Lord Wandsworth College, near Hook, and The Costello School, a secondary school in Basingstoke, have signed a memorandum of understanding detailing a new collaboration between the two schools. The aim is to share best practice, resources and facilities in teaching and learning, keeping the interests of both schools’ pupils as the focus. The partnership aspires to encourage pupils to consider what lies beyond their existing social, intellectual and cultural experience. Pupils and staff in similar roles at each establishment will collaborate and work together and leadership and followership opportunities will be open to all.

The two schools have already made a formal agreement about extending Lord Wandsworth’s Combined Cadet Force to 16 pupils from The Costello School. Teachers from the latter will be commissioned and trained as CCF officers and will accompany their pupils to events and activities at Lord Wandsworth. Costello cadets will follow the cadet progressive training syllabus alongside LWC pupils.

Other projects include forging links between academic departments, sharing staff inset opportunities, encouraging and facilitating pupil debate, exploring character education opportunities, sharing experience of house and other internal structures and more.

Fergus Livingstone, headmaster at Lord Wandsworth College, said: “After several exploratory meetings over the last few months, we are really delighted to announce our new, mutually supportive arrangement with The Costello School in Basingstoke. We are very much looking forward to working together and hope that all of our community will be enriched by our joint initiatives.”

Costello headteacher David Nicholson said: “Last year Dr Walker and a fellow researcher from the Jubilee Centre for Character Education & Virtues visited both our schools as part of a research project involving 68 schools nationally and 10,000 students. We are very much relishing the future opportunities to further develop character education between the two schools.” 

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