The Howard Partnership Trust

The Howard Partnership Trust

About the school

The Partnership

In 2011, the Howard Partnership was the first soft federation Academy Chain in the country, led by an outstanding school.  More recently, our partnership approach was formalised into a Multi-Academy Trust, The Howard Partnership Trust, and we are highly committed to this collaborative way of working. The distinctive feature of The Howard Partnership Trust is that the schools within our Academy Chain all retain their own unique features in order to meet the needs of the communities which they serve. However, the vision and values that underpin the schools are rooted in the same guiding principles: namely to ensure that consistently high quality teaching facilitates excellent learning within an inclusive, caring, vibrant environment. We all aim to ‘Bring out the Best’ in our students and so increase their life-chances. These are the hallmarks of any one of The Howard Partnership Trust schools.

Currently, there are four schools within the Academy Chain: Howard of Effingham (the original sponsor school), Thomas Knyvett College (who joined The Partnership in June 2007),Kenyngton Manor Primary School (who joined The Partnership in February 2013), and St Lawrence Primary School (who joined The Partnership in December 2014). Since September 2013, The Howard Partnership Trust has also been providing the leadership of Oxted School.  Oxted School Governors are currently consulting stakeholders on the School‘s conversion to Foundation and Academy status to join the Partnership.   Outstanding Academies and Academy Chains are a vital part of the Government’s vision for education. School-to-school support has increasingly become the model for improving the educational outcomes for students. We believe expanding our Academy Chain will help our schools to be even more successful by building upon our existing excellent practice and so remain at the ‘cutting edge’ of education. We are in discussion with other schools, so it would seem inevitable that The Partnership will grow. These are exciting and dynamic times!

The professional development opportunities provided by working within and across Howard Partnership Trust schools are excellent: we all learn together. Thus, we will continue to attract and retain the very highest quality staff which, in turn, is reflected in our students’ achievements.

The Howard Partnership Trust is successful because it has teams of well-qualified and committed people, both teachers and support staff, who are prepared to take an interest in every child.  Staff across The Howard Partnership Trust enjoy opportunities for accelerated career progression.  All appointments to our staff are considered to be crucial to the success of our schools.  The Executive Leadership and Governors are committed to the development of both our schools and staff, truly ‘bringing out the best’ in everyone



Teaching staff across The Howard Partnership Trust enjoy the benefit of generous PPA allocation in recognition of the strong focus on teaching and learning.  We have an excellent CPD programme and many opportunities in school for staff to extend their professional knowledge and develop their skills. As a result, we have a very good record of staff gaining internal and external promotions. There is a warm, collegiate and supportive atmosphere among the staff.  Teachers in secondary schools have the opportunity to work outside their faculties in mixed faculty pastoral teams and on other cross curricular projects. In primary schools there is a lot of cross phase working and CPD between schools.  For those staff who would like this professional development opportunity, there is also the opportunity to work across The Partnership.

Teachers are exceptionally well supported and The Partnership is committed to ‘freeing teachers to teach.’ This is achieved by our highly professional and expert teams of support staff including administrative, clerical and technical support as well as dedicated Human Resources and financial teams.

Support Staff

We have an excellent Performance Management programme and many opportunities in school for staff to extend their professional knowledge and develop their skills. As a result, we have a very good record of staff retention and promotion.

All Staff

Benefits include:
Childcare Voucher Scheme
Cycle to Work Scheme
Sainsbury’s Discount Card
EduHealth Foundations Membership (free eye examination voucher, discounted glasses, contact lenses, BUPA HealthLine and
additional healthcare support programmes)
Optional discounted BUPA Healthcare and BUPA EduHealth Dental Insurance
Teachers Pension Scheme and Local Government Pension Scheme
Employee Assistance Programme
Membership of Effingham Community Sports Centre

 Additional Information

As part of our standard recruitment procedure, we would draw your attention to the fact that The Partnership is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

Successful candidates will be subject to a satisfactory enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

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