The Bridgewater Baton Project

Bridgewater High School recently hosted an event with partner primary schools in a joint effort to develop the structure and quality of academic transition.

Dubbed the ‘Big KS2-3 Link-up’, the initiative focused on the idea of subjects being batons that can be passed up and down between schools.

Colleagues from six partner primary schools were welcomed to Bridgewater High’s Lower school site, on Hall Drive on Wednesday 18th October and greeted by Headteacher, Mrs Tracey Hatton and Assistant Headteacher, Mr Tim Eden.

Staff were given refreshments and the opportunity to chat before the project was launched by Tim.

The group, which was made up of colleagues from Broomfields Junior School, Grappenhall Heys Primary School, St Matthew’s CofE Primary School, St Monica’s Primary School, Stockton Heath Primary School and Appleton Thorn Primary School, then branched off into subject areas with specialist subject staff from Bridgewater High leading the sessions. Following a tour of classrooms and facilities, a discussion was held focusing on 3 key areas.

Vocabulary – could primaries be using the vocab from the baton at their respective schools and are there any different terms currently being used for the same thing?

Mutual support – This was problem solving time – dialogue around problems/hurdles encountered in the planning and/or delivery of a subject and then an opportunity to discuss potential solutions as a group.

Support – Possible ways that Bridgewater can support partner primaries going forwards – lesson plans, resources (loan boxes etc.), use of facilities, student visits and CPD were amongst some of the ideas discussed.

Tim Eden, who is overseeing the project walked round each group as the discussions were taking place. He said, “It is important that this is seen by all involved as a journey of mutual support. The idea is that the Bridgewater Batons aid meaningful transition through a shared pathway and use of vocabulary, as this will ensure a smoother transition for students between schools and hopefully, as the initiative develops, a more levelled academic start for students when they reach KS3. I was delighted with the turnout from our local schools for this initial meeting and I look forward to seeing how this new initiative has a meaningful, tangible impact once schools start to act upon the points already raised in this first venture”