24 February 2016

Academy Trust Becomes Sutton School improvement Partner

Respected multi-academy trust, the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership, is pleased to announce that it is working as the improvement partner to a popular Sutton Coldfield secondary school. The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) is the school improvement partner of John Willmott School, and together they aim to raise standards at the school. The ATLP, which comprises seven academies – led by Sutton Coldfield’s outstanding Arthur Terry School – will provide a package of support for the school and work closely with leaders to improve the quality of education and boost performance.

Sally Taylor, interim CEO of the ATLP, said: “We’re delighted to be working with John Wilmott in this capacity as a school improvement partner. We’ve been in consultation to support the school since July and the coming months see the partnership take a more involved role at the school.

“Our strategy will look at how we can best support the school and assist it in moving forward. Our priorities will include a strong focus on teaching and learning, along with pupil progress.
“As a partnership, we have successfully worked with schools all across the region to achieve greater attainment. Our highly effective model of school-to-school support, draws on our team’s expertise and our national teaching school’s wide alliance of specialist leaders. “I’m confident that by working together we can deliver quality leadership and teaching and learning and see some improved results in the near future.”

John Willmott headteacher, Mandy McCrohon, said: “This is a positive step for John Willmott and we welcome the opportunity to work with the ATLP, which shares our commitment to serving our learning community.

“The plan has the backing of school leaders and governors and now we want to give parents and pupils the confidence that together we can build an even stronger and more successful school.”
Speaking about the schools working together, education secretary, Nicky Morgan MP, said: “Given the ATLP’s commitment to outstanding school leadership, I am confident that this course of action will have clear benefits for the community, and will serve to enhance the life chances of even more local children.”