Accreditations and Partnerships
Partnership is crucial to all that Kingsford Community School is and achieves. The learning experience at Kingsford is greatly enriched by valued partners both inside and outside the school community. Within the school, pupils, parents, staff and governors all work together effectively to secure the best possible outcomes for our young people. The school also works hard to seek and maintain effective partnerships with external organisations that contribute to ensuring our pupils’ success at GCSE and beyond.
Kingsford Community School enjoys a special relationship with a number of top independent schools, and our Head Teacher has been instrumental in allowing state and independent schools to learn and benefit from one another through the 100 Group, and her membership of the DfE Independent State Schools Partnership (ISSP) Forum. This partnership with the private sector has culminated in the London Academy of Excellence, a pioneering sixth-form in Newham with the aim of getting the capital’s poorest and brightest young people into top universities.
Kingsford’s Scholarship Aspirations Programme (SAP) works to support its most talented and able pupils from challenging backgrounds in applying for fully-funded bursaries to study at top independent colleges, both day and boarding schools. In recent years graduates from the SAP programme have benefited from and enriched the learning communities of prestigious institutions such as Brighton College, Eton College, Wellington College, and University College School Hampstead, as well as many others across the UK. The list of independent colleges in partnership with Kingsford through the SAP programme continues to go from strength to strength.
Kingsford pupils taking part in the Scholarship Aspirations Programme attend a preparation visit for the selection process at Wellington College
Kingsford has excellent links with businesses which allow pupils to network with accomplished people and gain exceptional work experience to support their future careers and Post-16 education. Pupils benefit from Business Action Groups and links with blue chip companies – including Barclays, HSBC, Google and law firms, allowing them to gain practical insights into corporate environments via career insight days and tailored learning opportunities. Pupils can also take part in the Academy Achievers programme, which aims to raise pupils’ career aspirations with visits to top global companies such as Ciena.
The school community benefits from a range of partnerships that recognise the excellence of its teaching and learning. Kingsford has benefited from opportunities to share best practice via these partnerships as well as lead in developing the practise of other institutions, as seen in our work as a Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme (TEEP) Ambassador School, an Embedding Formative Assessment Ambassador School and as a SSAT Leading Edge School awarded for excellent “Transforming in Professional Learning” practice. Kingsford is a Challenge Partners School. Challenge Partners is a practitioner-led national charity that enables collaboration between schools to enhance the life chances of all children, especially the most disadvantaged. In its latest Quality Assurance review, Kingsford’s Leadership at all levels, and Quality of provision and outcomes, including for those with additional needs, were both judged as “Leading”.
Kingsford Community School has also been recognised for its outstanding inclusion and equality provision Kingsford is an Inclusion Quality Flagship school, a member of the National Association for Able Children in Education. All of these accreditations bear testament to the school’s commitment to ensuring that that every pupil excels.