Building New Partnerships

5th May 2021
BY Hannah Fletcher, Head of Educational Partnerships

I joined Winchester College in April 2021 to develop a programme of educational partnerships. We aim to work collaboratively with schools to provide mutual benefits to teachers and students from Winchester College and our partner schools. Through shared experiences, new insights and joint CPD there is much to be gained.

Working Together

We are keen to diversify the portfolio of secondary schools that we work with, particularly seeking to form links with schools from areas of economic disadvantage so that we can have the most impact. Both parties will gain from this experience through sharing of skills and facilities. We hope to have a truly collaborative approach with our partner schools in identifying areas where we can offer support. A tailored scheme that identifies areas where partnership would be most effective is key.

Increasing access is a central part of the new Vision of Winchester College in the 21st Century, which includes increased collaboration with the maintained sector. This may involve a sports alliance with shared used of sports facilities across schools, taking part in subject-specific workshops to stretch more able pupils or shared careers panels hosted by a group of schools. 

In order to have the greatest reach, we aim to increase our online provision so that distance is not a barrier to our partnerships. Identifying those areas where this would be most beneficial will be developed through discussion with our partner schools.

Extending our programme

Winchester College already has strong links with schools in the local area, providing opportunities for pupils from primary and secondary schools to be inspired by the teaching staff and make use of the facilities that the college has to offer. This includes specialist talks and lectures, forest school activities, the Primary Schools Rivers Project, hands-on sessions in the Treasury, support with university applications and much more.

We are keen to expand this provision to a wider group, particularly to the most disadvantaged pupils who may not currently have these opportunities open to them. I would be delighted to hear from other secondary schools about how we might work together so please do not hesitate to contact me via with your ideas.  

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