21 July 2017

High five! Sutton pupils celebrate fifth birthday party of learning partnership

These fun-loving reception pupils are celebrating an extra special fifth birthday party today, as the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership (ATLP) turns five.

The children, from Hill West Primary, part of the ATLP, all turn five this July and August, enjoyed a balloon-filled afternoon as part of the partnership’s birthday celebrations.

The respected multi-academy trust of seven schools in Coleshill, Erdington and Four Oaks, was formed in 2012 to: “provide the best education for all in one community.” Five years later, and Dr Beth Clarke, headteacher of Hill West, joined children in marking the partnership’s success.


Dr Beth Clarke said:

It’s a very exciting time being five. Our reception children are coming to the end of their first year at school and, just like the ATLP, they are enjoying some significant milestones and continuing to bloom.

We’ve been part of the ATLP since the beginning. During that time, we have grown and learned together. We have benefited from the shared support and expertise that partnership working brings and we are proud to be part of such a progressive and caring partnership, with a shared moral purpose.”

The ATLP was officially formed in July 2012 as part of its commitment to support neighbouring schools. Its school-to-school support actually began in 2009 when the outstanding Arthur Terry School in Four Oaks first collaborated with Erdington’s Stockland Green School. The Arthur Terry National Teaching School (ATNTS) and the Sutton Locality Children’s Centres (comprising five children’s centres) soon joined the partnership – both of which are now recognised as centres of excellence.

The Arthur Terry Learning Partnership expanded to three secondary schools and four primary schools, along with a network of alliance schools through the ATNTS. Last year, it was appointed as the school improvement partner to two other Birmingham secondary schools.

With a diverse learning community of four thousand children and 800 staff and governors, the partnership continues to support an ever-growing number of young people.

CEO Richard Gill, said:

It’s been an incredible five years in the development of the Arthur Terry Learning Partnership and I want to thank everybody who has helped to make this possible. This is such a positive time – all our schools are oversubscribed and enjoying fantastic results. Here at Hill West, the school has achieved 100 per cent in this year’s phonics screening and (insert stat) in the recent end of KS2 testing (SATs). This is a real cause for celebration!

The next five years will be equally important. We will grow further to help more schools, while strengthening the support across our current family of academies. We will underpin all of this by training and retaining even more teachers and leaders to provide even stronger teaching and learning to students.”

Mr Gill added:

This is indeed one happy birthday. The smiles on these children’s faces and their love of learning is at the heart of all that we do.”