The Howard Partnership Trust

LIFT Partnership to merge with THPT

Trustees are pleased to confirm THPT have entered into an interim arrangement with another local Multi-Academy Trust, Learning and Inspiration for Tomorrow (LIFT) Partnership prior to the merging of the two Trusts.

LIFT is a small MAT of two existing Surrey special schools - Linden Bridge in Worcester Park, and West Hill in Leatherhead.  These will be joined by Fox Grove School, adjacent to the West Hill site.   This is a new special free school, which is currently at the pre-opening stage but hopes to welcome its first cohorts of pupils in Academic Year 2021/22.

With inclusion and advocacy for young people with SEND at the core of everything we do within THPT, this exciting innovation brings huge potential to deepen our understanding and practice that will enhance provision for all children and young people with our Trust as well as those in LIFT. Colleagues in LIFT have a long tradition of outreach work, particularly harnessing the expertise they have developed within their SEND Teaching School, which provides an outstanding training and development offer.

We are confident this merger provides many opportunities, and in particular two that are key. Firstly, to strengthen and develop further our highly-inclusive values and ethos and secondly, the proven benefits of partnership working across a more diverse and extended organisation.

We will keep you updated on the progress of this venture