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East Dacorum Co-operative Partnership

The Governing Body of Chambersbury Primary School is considering becoming a Foundation school and joining the East Dacorum Co-operative Learning Trust with 1st July 2017 as the proposed implementation date. This would mean that we remain a local authority school, but have a legal partnership to work with.

The rationale for this proposal is as follows.


  1. We want to continue to raise expectations and standards in the school and improve the future prospects for all of our learners.
  2. To do this - with the many changes taking place in education - we need to build strong partnerships and make our school improvement planning more sustainable. 
  3. We believe that to meet the needs of our community, we can achieve more through formal education partnerships, than we will be able to by working alone.

 4. Joining East Dacorum Co-operative Learning Trust would

  • establish a partnership which allows us to work with other co-operative schools locally and regionally
  • underpin the values of the school, which are in line with universal co-operative values; and
  • help us to deliver our school’s vision and aims.

5.  The rationale for acquiring the Trust, the contribution it will make, and the direction it will provide to the schools can be summarised as follows:

The Trust will build on existing relationships between local schools and assist us as we continue to:


  • develop outstanding teaching for all our students
  • develop our partnership with parents and the wider community to raise aspirations & achievement for all
  • develop partnerships with higher education providers and employers to provide opportunities for all young people
  • develop smooth educational transitions for children & young people from birth to 24 years old
  • use the co-operative values and framework to structure collaboration between the schools and wider community for the benefit of all whilst holding all parties to account


Trust schools are part of the local authority system, but supported by a charitable trust which would be represented on our governing body. It is important to be aware that the governing body will continue to run the school, handle the school budget and be responsible for the performance of the school. The Trust will provide additional resources and expertise.

There is no intention of changing staffing arrangements as part of these proposals.


We are arranging a series of consultation meetings on Wednesday 22nd March.

    • 13:30 Trade Union meeting
    • 14:30 School Council;
    • 15:30 Staff
    • 18:00 Parents and General Public


We hope you will join in the discussion and come to one of the meetings if you are able to.


Further details of the proposals are provided in the full Proposal information pack which can be downloaded from the website:


Yours sincerely



Des Taylor, Headteacher                   Doug Stack, Chair of Governors



Ofsted 2017 - Chambersbury is a "GOOD" school. "Pupils are very proud of their school"...."the learning environment both inside and outside is bright and thought-provoking"...Pupils say the school is 'like a family'. Read the full report in the Ofsted section of this site.