Blog Post

"Relationships definitely strengthened as a result."

SPP Associate Pam Butterfield interviews Pip Utting, Head Teacher at Burlington Junior School, New Malden.

Pip Utting discusses how the collaborative approaches and the trust her partnership have developed through the Schools Partnership Programme has helped them to work through challenges together, and made them more comfortable with being open, and discussing situations in their own schools with each other.

“As a group of schools, we had begun to talk about school improvement, but we hadn't quite gone down that road. For us, the Schools Partnership Programme came at just the right time for us to be able to crystallize our thinking with that, and move us further down the road."

Come September she sees the model as being able to support their recovery process, with a focus on wellbeing, recovery curriculum, and closing those gaps.

Listen to Pip and Pam's conversation below:

About Burlington Junior School

Burlington is a large successful Junior school in New Malden and is part of the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames.

The school has a history of success with many generations of children being well prepared, not only for Secondary school, but for adult life. Children at Burlington are expected to work hard and achieve their potential across the curriculum. This is led by a dedicated and talented staff who demand high standards and set a vigorous pace of learning. English, maths and good work habits are given the highest priority in the curriculum.