The college has been instrumental in setting up, supporting and extending partnerships. Thomas Estley is the original school in Success Academy Trust, a partnership of local secondary and primary schools dedicated to improving experiences and outcomes for local learners through primary and secondary learning. We are committed to mutual support and challenge, sharing best practice and resources and collaborating on all fronts.
We are the lead Teaching School, chosen for our outstanding teaching, learning and leadership, in the Thomas Estley Learning Alliance, a partnership of around thirty primary and secondary schools in Leicestershire. This is a great accolade as we are the only designated secondary Teaching School in Leicestershire, and recognises, at national level, the quality of the college’s work over recent years. Our Higher Education partners are the University of Leicester, the University of Warwick and Loughborough University. Teaching Schools engage locally, regionally and nationally in Continuous Professional Development of staff, Initial Teacher Training, School to School Support and Research and Development into outstanding teaching and learning and leadership. Find out more about our Teaching School and Thomas Estley Learning Alliance (TELA) at our dedicated website www.telaonline.co.uk
TELA engages in School to School Support, initial teacher training, talent management, educational research, and professional development. School to school support ranges from lesson observation to leadership support and specific project work on areas of concern. Over the last three years, TELA led support has been instrumental in helping three of our secondary and two of our primary TELA partner schools in raising their Ofsted grade, from Requires Improvement to Good. The college has led staff training both within Leicestershire and nationally for a number of years. This has included leading conferences for the National College, delivering courses for national providers and providing case study material for the Department for Education. Areas of training include Initial Teacher Training, Primary Subject Leaders’ Training, Middle and Senior Leadership training, Governor training and training in Quality of Teaching and Learning. Our programme covers all areas of Teaching and Learning and Leadership from School Experience students, through leadership roles to Executive Headship.
We are also part of a very strong CLASS partnership, which also comprises Countesthorpe Leysland Community College and Brockington College, working together to improve local provision with a strong Key Stage Four focus. We work with a range of additional Key Stage Four best practice partners to ensure that developing practice in KS4 is high quality and effective.
Our local Family of Schools partnership supports links and collaborative development from primary to secondary phases, incorporating all primary feeder schools to Thomas Estley Community College and to Countesthorpe Leysland High School. Our own official primary feeder schools are Old Mill Primary, Hallbrook Primary, Orchard C of E Primary, Cosby Primary, Whetstone St Peters C of E Primary and Badgerbrook Primary (the last two schools are in a dual catchment with Thomas Estley and Countesthorpe Leysland), and we also welcome other students from out of catchment feeder schools, to fill our remaining intake places, when these remain, liaising with all feeder schools to ensure excellent progression and transition for our students.
We are also members of Learning South Leicestershire, a group of sixteen secondary schools and colleges committed to extending curriculum opportunities for learners and to sharing expertise and resources in relation to behaviour and attendance. This is a productive and strong partnership, unique in the county.
All of these partnerships aim to ensure continuity of learning and excellent outcomes for young people in the locality, supporting them towards eventual success in their study, life and work.
Internationally, we have established an exciting link with Tilinanu Orphanage in Malawi, and the Love Support Unite foundation which runs the orphanage and local outreach projects. Ex Principal Tim Moralee, together with neighbouring Head Teacher from Leysland High School, Jon Sleath, visited the orphanage and its school outreach work and began negotiations with the Director of Education in Malawi around improving their national curriculum. Other staff, including ex Vice Principal Chris Freeman, Team Leader/Head of Music Emilia Plumb and ex-student Becky Read volunteered their time to plan and run a music, drama and dance performance with the local students in Malawi. Our charity events at Thomas Estley now include many opportunities to raise funds for the Love Support Unite foundation based at the orphanage. If you feel able and would like to support the college in developing our links further please go to the link below or contact the college to express your support directly.