New courses from school partnership

HADLEIGH High School is set to offer a wider range of courses after formalising its partnerships with two other schools.

An agriculture course has started at the school this year, with more in the pipeline following East Bergholt and Holbrook High School’s conversions to academy status.

The three schools had previously worked together on a more informal basis. Pupils will be transported between the three schools for teaching in joint classes.

Caroline Gibson, headteacher at Hadleigh High School, said: “We get a far wider choice of courses for the children to take than if they were just in the school on their own.”

Other additional subjects offered across the three schools include Health and Social Care, Hospitality and Catering, Leisure and Tourism, Sports Qualifications and Salon Services.

“They are courses that a school probably couldn’t afford to run on their own,” said Mrs Gibson. “We converted in July and East Bergholt and Holbrook both asked if we could work as a group. They converted in August after developing the partnership with us.

“This formalises the partnership and allows us to look at other ways of offering even wider choice to children,” she added.

Colin Turner, Headteacher at East Bergholt High School, said: “The new Academy freedoms provide us with greater flexibility to be creative and innovative across the partnership, to ensure we continue to raise standards and provide our young people with the best chance of success.”