Working Across Schools

William Stockton and Wimboldsley Federated Schools


From September 2013, William Stockton Primary School formed a Hard Federation with Wimboldsley Primary School. This partnership galvanised the work started over the previous years, where staff and pupils have joined together to ensure the continuous improvements in both staff development and pupil's learning.

Pupils meet up to work on joint projects to enhance learning and develop socially with peers. It allows a diverse 'relationship' between pupils from the two schools preparing them for 21st Century Britain. Participating in 'joint residential visits' and visit to Chester University, help pupils from both schools to understand the benefits of lifelong learning.

Staff engage frequently either face to face of electronically. Both schools use the expertise that is on offer to improve the learning in both schools and outcomes for the pupils. Examples of this include moderation in Key Stage One and Two in Writing, Maths and Science.


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Science at William Stockton and Wimboldsley

Yearly William Stockton and Wimboldsley Primary Schools worked together to achieve the Primary Science Quality Mark.  This award is in recognition of the collaborative work between the two schools in Science.

About the PSQM ...

Schools Awarded Primary Science Quality Mark

Primary Science Quality Awards have been awarded to 154 infant, junior, primary, middle and special schools to celebrate a commitment to excellence in science teaching and learning.  So far, since its national launch in 2010, over 1700 schools across the UK have achieved the award.

The Primary School Quality Mark scheme enables schools to work together to share good practice and is supported by professional development led by local experts. It encourages teacher autonomy and innovation while at the same time offering a clear framework for development in science subject leadership, teaching and learning.

The Primary Science Quality Mark is led by the University of Hertfordshire School of Education in partnership with the Primary Science Teaching Trust. It is supported by the Royal Society for Chemistry, the Ogden Trust and the Association for Science Education.

Jane Turner, PSQM National Director said: “Gaining a Primary Science Quality Award is a significant achievement for a school.  The profile and quality of science teaching and learning in each of these schools is very high. Children are engaging with great science both in and outside the classroom, developing positive attitudes towards science as well as secure science understanding and skills. Science subject leaders, their colleagues, head teachers, children, parents and governors should be very proud.”

The Assessors said ...

Wow! The science team have provided an outstanding range of opportunities for pupils across the school to enrich and extend their knowledge, understanding and experience of science. The opportunities cover all year groups and are regular features. It would appear that pupils do not get a rest even over the summer holidays, “Children encouraged to develop Science in their everyday lives through visits over the Summer.”

Definitely a very strong silver school. This has been a pleasure to read and a reflection not just on the subject leader but the team that supports the development of science across the school’s. A few points I think worth sharing, “In Science lessons children now reflect upon their learning using the Science Principles to guide them” “There is a determined and committed approach that has been developed with the focus on PSQM that will continue in order to further improve Science.” 

Next Steps ...

William Stockton and Wimboldsley are now expanding their Science Team  to include other schools that are keen to work together to further improve the quality of Science teaching and learning.


Early Years Foundation Stage

'Working Together to Achieve'

The EYFS Teams at William Stockton, Wimboldsley, Elton and Westminster Primary Schools have met regularly to share good practice and provision for the youngest children in their schools. 

The group works well collaboratively and cooperatively to share and develop their practice.

Comments in moderation from Cheshire West and Chester Foundation Stage Consultants about the work across the schools were extremely positive.

Sharing  good practice with other local schools adds to the success  of the group with staff working proactively with other schools in the Ellesmere Port Area and across Cheshire West and Chester. 


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