In our lives, the people we live and work with define the shape and pattern of our days. Similarly, in schools, the partnerships a school builds are critical to creating meaning for students in their learning experiences. Abstract knowledge, taken out of context, whilst rewarding for its own intellectual challenge can seem sterile and dull. The Bewdley School places its partnership work at the heart of the school, having a diverse and rich array of partnerships across all spheres of life.


The Young Mayor and Deputy are part of Bewdley Town Council and lead the Bewdley Youth Forum, a driving force for development in the school. They are at the core of a diverse array of project work: Historical research with Bewdley Civic Society; Music at St. George’s Hall, Bewdley’s Festivals and All Saints’ Church; our Rotary Photography Competition, to name a few. The importance of Bewdley Town to the school cannot be measured and the two are interwoven.

Community Action in year 10 cements these partnerships, fuelling our growing links with our business community. The Gatsby benchmarks shape our career planning, with our membership of Hereford and Worcestershire Chamber of Commerce forming an important platform for our work. Our many business partners make immeasurable contributions to our students’ curriculum experiences, ensuring they are practically informed and employability skills are keenly understood.

Beyond school we work closely with many university partners. Biology students are currently partnering the School of Geography, Earth and Environmental Sciences in its Encompass project work. This involves an exciting project to survey wildlife in local parks around Bewdley. We partner the University of Worcester in training teachers and in educational research. Other partners are discussed on our Sixth Form Website.

Educational partnerships span the globe and bring our curriculum to life. Our international curriculum has brought the International Schools Foundation Level Award in its first year. The British Council has facilitated partnership work with many schools, supported by a comprehensive international infrastructure.

As part of the Schools of Tomorrow Fellowship, we work with schools across the country to develop and refine our practice against clearly defined priorities. The school is also a member of the ContinU Trust, a group of seven local High Schools, an Alternative Provision Free School and the local Further Education College. This offers an additional dimension in joint curriculum work and collaborative planning in our shifting educational landscape.

Our students join us from primary schools from across the region. The majority join us from Bewdley, St Anne’s CE, Far Forest Lea Memorial CE and Upper Arley C of E Primary Schools. Our partnership with these schools involves regular Head Teacher meetings, joint training and a comprehensive transition programme. Whilst we work in close partnership with these four key schools, we liaise closely with every school from which children come to join us.

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