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A lasting partnership between state and independent schools

School improvement
Since its formation 10 years ago, the state-independent Southwark Schools Learning Partnership has gone from strength to strength. Its progenitor, Sir Tim Brighouse, was there to celebrate their 10th anniversary.

Not many people admit to feeling envy. It isn’t pleasant or constructive. I confess to the feeling however, every time I visit a major public independent school. 

The luxury of space and often the beauty of their buildings – the sheer sense of “no expenses spared” facilities – never fail to disturb my emotions, as I wish I could wave a magic wand and conjure up the same surroundings for pupils and teachers at all state-maintained schools.

So it was a pleasant surprise last month to visit The Charter Academy, a truly comprehensive and highly successful school which was hosting the 10th anniversary celebrations of the Southwark Schools Learning Partnership (SSLP), an alliance of a dozen or so state and three leading independent secondary schools (Dulwich, Alleyns and James Allen’s Girls’ – or JAGS).

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