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Partners with the School

We actively seek and nurture partnerships that will enrich and extend children's learning and provide real links with the wider world.

We have long established links with Magdalene College, Cambridge University, whose students work with year 5 and 6 on mini research projects and who help us to raise our aspirations with visits to Oxford university.

This work is part of a research project facilitated by the Education department at Georgetown University, Washington DC.

East, Oost, Ost Mail Art Project

Year 5 pupils from Ghazali class at Hermitage took part in an Art project called ‘East, Oost, Ost which involved sending Mail Art to Pen Pals in schools in Amsterdam and Berlin. Please see video links below:

We are proud to be strategic partners within the Teach East London Teaching School Alliance (TELTSA).

Other partner schools within TELTSA are as follows:

  • Bonner Primary School (Joint Lead School)
  • Morpeth Secondary School (Joint Lead School)
  • Bangabandhu Primary School
  • Ben Jonson Primary School
  • Chisenhale Primary School
  • Clara Grant Primary School
  • Globe Primary School
  • John Scurr Primary School
  • Malmesbury Primary School
  • Olga Primary School
  • Redlands Primary School
  • Rachel Keeling Nursery School
  • Phoenix Special School
  • George Greens Secondary School
  • Langdon Park Secondary School
  • Oaklands Secondary School
  • Stepney Green Boys’ Secondary School

Our Higher Education Partner is the Institute of Education, University of London (IoE).

The following section from the statement of application for Teaching School status summarises the TELTSA rationale:

An alliance of our schools is an opportunity to maintain and increase the recruitment of high quality teaching and support staff to support the needs of children and schools in Tower Hamlets. We will fully exploit our unique context to provide experience across a wide range of settings within very close geographical proximity: with our strategic partners we will offer experiences from nursery to post 16, in both mixed and single sex institutions including a special school.

The alliance schools share a cross phase focus on literacy development beyond 1:1 interventions. Literacy is a national priority, but the specific needs in Tower Hamlets will remain in a society facing an increase in child poverty and deprivation. In this respect our broad experience of supporting pupils with special educational needs will be essential in supporting trainees’ experience of planning and delivering lessons to support an extensive range of need. Also the secondary schools offer a broad range of specialisms; performing and visual arts, languages, maths and business studies.

Since TELTSA was formed a range of professional opportunities have been offered to support the further development of the excellent practice across our schools.

These include:

  • Joint training days
  • Specialist Heads of Department Meetings
  • A course for teachers in the second year of their career
  • Courses leading to national professional qualifications for middle and senior leaders (NPQML and NPQSL) and placements for head teacher training (NPQH)
  • Cross phase literacy moderation Early Years to Year 7
  • Sharing of school data
  • Cross phase literacy training
  • Joint governors’ training
  • Joint initial teacher training events
  • Mentor Training
  • Research

We also facilitate School Improvement through cross phase Peer Reviews using the EDT procedures to further enhance the sharing of good practice and continuing development of our schools to ensure a consistent teaching and learning experience for the staff and pupils in our community.

Hermitage works with Globe, Clara Grant and Ben Jonson Primary Schools and Stepney Green and Langdon Park Secondary schools on school review.

We also work closely with Hermitage River Projects on our local and oral history projects, based on our links with the docks and the River Thames.

There are a number of world class arts institutions that have worked with our children, including the National Theatre, on the Romeo and Juliet Shakespeare project, the Guildhall, who provided year 5 children with the chance to perform in the West End, and the Whitechapel Art Gallery, who along with artists in Residence, Tom and Simon Bloor created a lasting art legacy in the school playground.

Local businesses who have supported us include News International  and the Tower of London, who have provided us with reading partners and St George's who have consulted the children as they redevelop the News International site.

We also have strong partnerships with schools in the Borough, working closely with St Peters London Docks to ensure that Wapping children have access to a consistently high standard, enriched education through shared pupil and parent initiatives. 

Through the British Councils "Connecting Classrooms " project, we work with Oaklands Secondary school and Seven Mills primary along with a group of schools in Chapai Nawabganj, Bangladesh to share teaching initiatives through exchange visits on a different theme every year.

We work closely with the Hermitage River Project on oral history skills and use of historical evidence through artifacts gleaned during mudlarking.

We have links with Wadham College, Oxford and Clare College, Cambridge to develop science, engineering and research skills.

We worked with the Whitechapel art gallery, and artists Tom and Simon Bloor to create large scale sculptures.

We have been part of the British Council "connecting Classrooms " project for a number of years with our partner schools in Chapai Nawabganj, Bangladesh, working on shared learning projects and professional development.