'We fail our children miserably if we assume the school can do everything'

John Abbott

We work in partnership with the Local Authority who support us with services including moderation of teachers' assessments for EYFS, Year 2 and 6, HR, health and safety and budget and finance support. We also contribute to the education in Cheshire West and Chester, for example by Ms Stewart working with the Local Authority as an Associate School Improvement Adviser.

Edsential is a community interest company that supports us through a range of services including school meals, cleaning and catering, governor services and music. It is through our partnership with Edsential and the music hub that we are able to provide Endangered Instrument Scholarships to our talented musicians. Our children, past and present, contribute to Edsential music ensembles including Cheshire Youth Orchestra, Vale Royal Wind Band, Mezzo and Training Band and Super Strings. One of our governors, Mrs Rocke is chair of Cheshire Youth Orchestra and has helped us develop strong music links in the locality.

Along with the overwhelming majority of primary schools (Local Authority schools and Academies) in the Northwich area, we are members of the Northwich Education Partnership. As a group of state primary schools we are committed to working together to the benefit of all the town's children.

Year 2 and 4 - The Northwich Art Town Trail showcased art in our schools. In 2018 the theme was Our Town.

Year 5 - Northwich Sings brings together the children of the schools in a vocal celebration. 2018 - Wind in the Willows.

Year 6 - Northwich Pupil Parliament enables children to decide on and lead initiatives in their own schools. 2018 MPs choose to look at homelessness and litter with July litter-pick planned across the area.

Staff also enjoy the benefits of partnership working. Headteachers meet termly and have developed support for Newly and Recently Qualified teachers, providing local training and support to nurture the excellent teachers in our schools. The partnership has provided training for leaders and governors on data protection and GDPR.

Since September 2012 Kingsmead alumni have benefitted from and contributed to the excellent education at Sir John Deane's. Students provide excellent role models and support for our children as learning mentors. They also support young musicians, sport and science staff and students make an invaluable contribution to Science Week. Business support staff have worked with Mrs Cocker and her team and Ms Kerry Kirkwood, the college principal is our link governor for Communication, Language and Literacy.

The overwhelming majority of our pupils transfer to the County High School Leftwich in year 7. There they make a great contribution to the school not only with impressive outcomes at GCSE but also as musicians, sportsmen and women. Children from year 5 enjoy the Masterclasses at Leftwich. Ex-students return every year as Sports Ambassadors, helping us with Sports Day.

The Vale Royal School Sports Partnership enables our children to participate widely in inter-school competitions. Chris Story has led INSET days at Kingsmead and teachers have attended professional development events led by the SSP. Mrs Marklove is released from Leftwich High and has supported our teachers' skills and knowledge through leading and coaching PE teaching at Kingsmead.