Kings Nympton Primary School


 The Two Moors Learning Partnership

The school's change of category from community school to foundation school and the setting up of The Two Moors Learning Partnership as a co-operative trust came into effect on 1st September 2013.  The details of the trust can be found in the Articles of Association.


The Two Moors Learning Partnership 2016
Our Co-operative partnership of schools is now three years old. As a co-operative we embrace the values of self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity and solidarity. We believe in the ethical values of honesty, openness, social responsibility and caring for others. Have a look at all the great things we do…

Our Children…took part in an Infant Music Festival in June for all of the schools in our partnership. Children sang their own songs and learnt some new songs together. Our Gifted and Talented Science Day for Year 5 was organised and led by one of our partners The University of St Mark and St John in Plymouth. Our children worked together on scientific investigations involving earthworms. Two Moors Learning Partnership sport has been strong this year. Our May Netball competition gave 6 teams the chance to develop healthy competition in a friendly environment and hone their skills against other schools. Also in May our Tag Rugby competition had 4 teams competing on a beautiful sunny day, the standard of play impressed the RFU Devon Community Rugby Coach so much he also presented the medals at the end. In June the children attended a Dance Festival where they had the opportunity to perform their dances and learn some old favourites. We held an Easter Egg design competition across all the schools in our partnership with prizes awarded for different key stages.

Our Staff… have worked together across the Two Moors Partnership to support each other to promote best practice in our schools. They have attended teacher training for Writing with the Lead English adviser from Devon county to develop writing assessment across the age ranges. Throughout the year we have followed this work up with further meetings to agree standards between our schools. This has enabled us to reach a consistent approach to marking, feedback and the new expected standards for each age group. To support Maths in our schools after school twilight meetings were arranged with a National Lead Maths Adviser where we looked at teaching sequences in maths and developing a common approach to teaching maths in line with the new standards.

The Headteachers in the Two Moors Learning partnership have participated in supported peer review visits this year. Working with our School Improvement Partner this provided developmental and professional dialogue with opportunities to celebrate strengths, secure continued improvement through collaboration and exchange ideas and strategies to move from ‘good’ to ‘outstanding’. Other members of the school teams have met throughout the year to look at the business management of our schools including ensuring best value. The trustees have met each term to discuss how we can improve and grow the partnership to provide even more opportunities for our children, our staff and our members and communities.

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Two Moors Learning Partnership February 2015

The Two Moors Learning Partnership was formed in September 2013 to provide further opportunities for five schools; High Bickington, Kings Nympton, Morchard Bishop, Winkleigh and Witheridge to work closely together. During the first 18 months the schools have completed a number of projects involving both staff and children.

The primary aim of the TMLP is to raise standards by ensuring that all our children get a balanced and enriching curriculum, this has been supported by a number of staff development opportunities. Teachers from all five schools have worked together to moderate writing across the Key Stages ensuring there is consistency in standards. This work has developed into a common marking policy which was initiated at a non pupil day in September 2014. All the head teachers have reported that this piece of work is having a considerable impact on pupils learning. The schools have also been working closely together in developing the PE curriculum in conjunction with Babcock LDP. Working with the advisory team from Babcock has enabled the schools to develop a specific programme for PE, with the added advantage of saving money as a group. The next key area for development is assessment in line with the new curriculum changes; this will be worked on throughout 2015.

The children have been involved in a number of sporting events outside the traditional fixtures in football and netball. Over the course of the year we have held 3 mini festivals; cricket, netball and tag rugby. This has led to healthy competition in a friendly environment. The Schools’ Councils have also met and this is an area we would like to develop further. One of the advantages of the Learning Partnership is that the schools can work together on larger projects or competitions. High Bickington worked with Witheridge to join Morchard and Winkleigh at Exeter Cathedral as part of the Chorister Outreach Programme and Kings Nympton worked with High Bickington to form sporting teams for events that they could not enter as individual schools.

Apart from teacher development there have also been opportunities for Teacher Assistants and Administrators to meet and share experiences.

Overall the TMLP have had a busy first 18 months with a lot on initiatives in place which we now need to embed to strengthen our group further.