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Minsthorpe Community College is a single academy Trust and, as such, we place high priority on effective collaboration and networking with other trusts and academies.

This outward-facing approach allows the College to keep abreast of national and local developments and to share expertise with like minded colleagues. At a Wakefield Secondary Heads Network meeting in 2021, our leaders attended a presentation about the Quality Assurance processes in place across Delta Academies Trust. Leaders at Minsthorpe had been working relentlessly to develop our curriculum and were poised to review our QA Policy, following the pandemic. We sought advice from the Education Exchange of which their generosity has extended way beyond initial advice.

Over the past two years, Education Exchange members have worked with senior and middle leaders at Minsthorpe delivering training, sharing in joint QA activities and offering insightful feedback. This has been done with knowledge, experience and expertise, but always in the spirit of collaboration. Leaders at Minsthorpe have felt empowered to shape the policy and procedures to meet the needs of our staff and our students.

“The training that I’ve gained through working with Barry via the Education Exchange on quality assurance and the EIF has been excellent! It has facilitated a revised and standardised QA policy that not only considers workload and ensures a sustainable, manageable process but has also significantly strengthening the College’s successful self-evaluation of the quality of education.”

Sarah Adams, Assistant Principal Minsthorpe Community College