Charterhouse and Broadwater enter new educational partnership
In an exciting and enterprising extension of our close relationship, Charterhouse has signed a new Memorandum of Understanding with Broadwater, our closest secondary school neighbour, effective from November 2018.
Between them, Charterhouse and Broadwater educate over 1,300 young people in Godalming. They share a commitment to excellence in academic and co-curricular education, as well as to preparing young people for lives of personal fulfilment and achievement coupled with a commitment to wider society. For many years, a range of informal links have existed between the two schools. November 2018 marks the signing of a formal document which commits the schools to developing and building that relationship, in an immensely exciting and mutually beneficial Educational Partnership.
Key areas of the partnership agreement, which can be viewed here, include shared professional development for staff, learning and mentoring opportunities for pupils, and the dissemination of best practice between the two schools. Whilst the signing ceremony took place, Broadwater students visited Charterhouse for the next stage in the ‘Raising Aspirations’ project which has formed a key plank of our work together over recent months. Year 11 students spent a day ‘shadowing’ their Year 13 peers, gaining a valuable insight into the possibilities of sixth-form study, socialising together, and sharing their different perspectives on the path from GCSE to A level.
“All schools are trying to do similar things – widen pupils’ horizons, help their attainment, and prepare them for adulthood,” commented Dr Alex Peterken, Headmaster at Charterhouse. “Our partnerships programme is founded on the belief that we can all do better if we work together, and our special relationship with Broadwater is at the absolute heart of that.”
Lizzi Matthews, Headteacher at Broadwater, added, “Our two schools share a great deal in terms of ethos and aspiration, and are situated just a few minutes’ drive away from each other. There can only be positive gains from working more closely, and from sharing good practice in our exciting and ever-changing world of education.”
As the partnership grows, it is hoped that Broadwater and Charterhouse will work together in a variety of innovative ways, not least focussing on the joint contribution they can make to community life in Godalming and the wider area, and promote the values of global citizenship and educational partnership which are central to both schools’ philosophies.
For more information about the Broadwater-Charterhouse Educational Partnership, please contact Ben Cahill-Nicholls: BCN@charterhouse.org.uk.
Photo courtesy of Russell Wait (Broadwater School).