The Priory Primary School is a Voluntary-Aided, maintained school. This means that, although we are overseen by and accountable to the Local Authority (currently Dorset County Council, but soon to change to the new Bournemouth, Christchurch and Poole Council), our Governing Body are responsible for the direction and running of the school.
We are free to establish a number of valuable and fruitful partnerships – for the benefit of our pupils.
Diocese of Winchester
Being a church school is central to our identity and goes back to our foundation in 1867. We are pleased to still have close ties with the Winchester Diocese and the Priory church in Christchurch – this remains our most important partnership.
‘The school aims to serve its community by providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. It encourages an understanding of the meaning and significance of faith and promotes Christian values through the experience it offers to all its pupils.’Instrument of Governance 2015
St. Katharine’s and St. James’ Primary Schools in Bournemouth
The school is part of an EEF initiative called the School Development Partnership. This is a school to school support program.
We are delighted to have teamed up with St. Katharine’s and St. James’ Primary Schools to offer support and challenge to each other. St. Katharine’s has been designated as a National Teaching School.
Christchurch Learning Partnership & Christchurch Learning Federation
The school is proud to be a committed member of 2 Christchurch organisations which seek to work together to transform children’s lives. The Christchurch Learning Partnership (CLP) is a group of local primary headteachers who support one another to improve outcomes for children.
The Christchurch Learning Federation is a loose connection of educators, social workers and health professionals who meet together to improve local facilities and opportunities for children and young people. Recent achievements of this group have been the adoption of a Christchurch-wide attendance policy and shared parenting courses across the town.
The majority of our pupils transfer to Twynham Secondary School when they leave the Priory. We are delighted to have strong links with the school and the Multi-Academy Trust.
Recent examples of our collaboration together (and their support) has been the Singing Strategy (which saw 90 of our pupils perform in the Priory Church last summer) and Sports Days. Members of Twynham P.E. department organise and run our popular Sports Days.
Linwood Teaching School Alliance
We have recently become members of the Linwood Teaching School Alliance. Linwood is an outstanding provider of specialist education for children with additional needs in the Bournemouth area
The Priory School is one of 18 schools in Dorset, Poole and Bournemouth to be part of the Lassie Project. The aim of this project is to ensure all pupils receive high quality teaching. One of our school aspirations is that this project will support every teacher to be a teacher of SEND (Special Educational Needs).