Everybody needs good neighbours and that’s about to come true in a groundbreaking partnership between two Banburyshire schools.
They are among the first to benefit from a Government initiative announced in September aimed at encouraging independent and state primary schools to work together.
Sibford School, the Quaker independent school in Sibford Ferris, and the Endowed Primary School in neighbouring Sibford Gower will work together in a new science partnership.
It will kick off next month when Year 5 and 6 pupils from both schools will link up for two days of activities .
The first will be a chemistry day, when they will be look at solutions and mixtures; and the second a physics day focusing on space and forces.
The first workshop will have a celebrity guest as those taking part will be joined by broadcaster and children’s author Simon Mayo, who will be speaking about his ‘Itch’ series of novels which tell the tale of a 14-year-old boy (Itchingham Lofte), his love of science, especially chemistry, and his mission to collect all the elements in the periodic table.
Edward Rossiter, assistant head at Sibford School with specific responsibilities for the Junior School, said: “Simon Mayo is the icing on the cake. His talk, which will also be attended by pupils in our senior school together with visitors from other local primary schools, was already in the diary when we started planning the ISSP Primary Curriculum Project.
“Given the subject matter, is made perfect sense to use this as an exciting way to launch the project.”
“The workshops will take place in and around the laboratories of our senior school science department which means the children will be able to draw on resources and equipment not usually accessible to primary school pupils.
“They will also be led by science specialists … again something that is not normally an option for primary schools.
“This is an exciting project that will benefit pupils in both schools.”
Sibford head Michael Goodwin added: “When Sibford School was established back in 1842 by the Religious Society of Friends, the founding vision was to provide an outstanding education to those who could benefit from it but who might not otherwise have access to it.
“We know that we are fortunate in many of the facilities we have here at Sibford School and we believe that we should make the best use of them, not just for our own school community but also for the wider community.
“While this initial partnership is only between two schools, we have longer term plans to broaden the scope of the project and incorporate other local primary schools in the coming years.”
The stated aim of the project is to raise the standards of teaching and learning; and to have a positive and measurable impact on the education of all the children in their schools.