Anthony Gell School





Purpose and Definition

The Anthony Gell Cluster of Schools (COGS) is a group of schools working in a formal collaborative partnership to serve the Derbyshire Dales area of Derbyshire.


These schools are:

Anthony Gell School

Bonsall CE Primary School

Brassington Primary School

Carsington and Hopton CE School*

Kirk Ireton CE Primary School*

Crich Carr CE Primary School

Cromford CE Primary School

Middleton Community Primary School

Turnditch CE Primary School***

Wirksworth CE Infant School**

Wirksworth Infant School**

Wirksworth Junior School

*The Village Federation

**Wirksworth Federation of Infant Schools

***Academy as Part of the Derby Diocese Mat


This partnership exists to improve educational outcomes for the young people of the area. Its formation builds on a history of successful, informal collaborative working between the schools concerned.

This agreement transfers no powers away from the governing body of any of the schools concerned, nor will it alter any individual school’s ethos.

This collaboration agreement is made in the first instance for one year, commencing on 27th May 2016. The agreement will be reviewed by the Strategic Board at the start of each academic year.



The partnership’s overarching aim is:

“To improve educational outcomes for the students of all of the schools concerned”


The partnership aims to achieve this aim by:



Governance and Management

The schools agree to set up a Strategic Board.

The Strategic Board will consist of the Head teacher and one nominated governor from each school, ensuring an appropriate range of skills are represented by governors.

The Strategic Board will, annually, elect one of its members as Chair and will meet at least twice a year.

At the first meeting a protocol for working arrangements will be agreed. This protocol will be reviewed annually. This protocol will include matters such as confidentiality and communication.


The functions of the Strategic Board are:


Powers of the Strategic Board

The Strategic Board has no legal powers; any decision requiring approval at governor level would need to be taken back for approval to the boards of governors of the individual schools.

Any approach from another school wishing to join the partnership will be discussed at the next meeting of the Strategic Board.


Shared Staff

It is not possible for the group of schools to employ staff directly.

It is possible to make an agreement to share a member of staff employed by one school with the others in the group in return for reimbursement of costs (this is the arrangement that already operates successfully to maintain SSCo provision).


Administrative Support

A Clerk to the Strategic Board was appointed, following a recruitment process in December 2016 and subject to the approach in the paragraph above, to provide joint administrative support for the group of schools. This is on the basis of additional hours for an employee already employed by Wirksworth Federation of Infant Schools.

The Clerk to the Strategic Board:


Headteacher Group

The Headteacher Group will consist of the head teacher of each of the schools concerned, and will meet six times per year. One of these meetings will include governors and be the second Strategic Board meeting.

The Headteacher Group will be responsible for the day to day leadership of the partnership. The Headteacher Group will be chaired by Headteachers in rotation.


Working Groups

Working Groups will be set up in response to a particular issue, or to meet the requirements of specific objectives detailed in the development plan.

Each working group will be chaired by one of the Head teachers and may have a membership of Headteachers or Headteachers and Governors as appropriate. Meetings will take place in line with the agreed calendar.


Appendix 1

Examples of Practical Applications of Collaboration for discussion. Ideas can be added at future meetings. It would be useful to conduct an audit of strengths in the Cluster - a version of the Local Offer.