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‘Stronger Together For Our Pupils’

The Dovestone Learning Partnership was officially created on 1st October 2017 and is Oldham’s first shared Co-operative Trust. Made up of nine schools across Saddleworth and Lees, we have joined together to form this partnership, as a collaborative force to drive standards and aspirations.

After consulting with parents, children, staff, governors and the community, Delph Primary School, Diggle Primary School and Knowsley Junior School set up the charitable trust.

Christ Church C of E Primary, in Denshaw; Friezland Primary; Saddleworth High; St Agnes CE Primary; Greenfield St Mary’s C of E Primary and St Thomas’ Leesfield C of E Primary, in Lees, are also partners.

We aim to work together to improve opportunities for our children, families and our communities.

It is an exciting time for all of the schools involved and a fantastic opportunity to share expertise and outstanding practice, enhance staff development, explore financial efficiencies and create the very best educational opportunities for our young people. Here is an example of this below:

Congratulations to all the children who took part in this year's DLP Writing Competition despite COVID 19 restrictions. Have a look at the fantastic entries here... Voices of Hope 2020

Our Vision

Our vision for the partnership is of ‘a strong family of inspiring schools that serve our local community and contribute fully to the provision of education in the area and collaborate with other partners to achieve common goals. Leading the way in education for Oldham children and young people enabling them to enjoy learning and achieve well as individuals’.

Our Values

Dovestone Learning Partnership is founded on the values of respect, trust and solidarity together with a passion for education. For our church schools this is also embedded in the Christian faith. We are a group of schools that celebrate our individual character. Our schools may have different systems, pedagogies and cultures, but we understand the need to focus on learning and the impact of teaching to improve outcomes for our children and young people. Together we will endeavour to ensure that our children and young people receive a rich variety of learning. This commitment to developing a high quality curriculum, delivered by well trained, effective teaching and support staff, and the sharing of expertise is at the heart of our vision.

Our Aims

The overarching aims of the Dovestone Learning Partnership are:

To enable distinctive, aspirational schools
To encourage innovation and inspired decision making
To build capacity, resilience and determination
To develop strong leadership, governance and accountability
To strengthen cross-phase working and transition
To enable wider opportunities for all within the school community and beyond
To share expertise and best practice across our schools
To provide exciting and relevant CPD opportunities for staff
To support the well-being of pupils, staff and wider school community
To deliver long term sustainability through efficiencies and savings, that
release resources to improve the rate of progress for all pupils

Our Measurable Outcomes and Impacts

Improved outcomes for all children, every child expected to make progress at least in line with, and for many above, national expectations
Every school will be well led and effectively governed
All staff are motivated to self-improve and aspire to excellence
All schools are to be judged good or better following Inspections
Schools will be valued by their community

Responsibility and Accountability

Dovestone Learning Partnership is a group of schools bound together by:

A common vision through embracing the core values
A commitment to develop and strengthen a culture of collaboration
Boards of Governors that support inspiring, individual excellence for all learners across the partnership and adhere to the legal responsibilities expected
An expectation that all schools within the partnership will contribute to school to school support whilst maintaining focus on delivering a high quality provision within our own organisation.
Drive and enthusiasm to keep moving forward for the benefit of children and young people and the whole school community
A will to take responsibility for the future of the schools within the partnership including taking difficult, meaningful and timely decisions.

Come and Join Our Trust

How can you be involved?

Our Partnership is a membership trust and we are keen to build an active group of members who can contribute to the DLP and support us in our vision and aims.

Pupils, staff and parents/carers are automatically members of our co-operative. For our potential community partners there is a requirement to actively join. We have a genuine commitment to our community being able to help shape the work we do as a Partnership.

For more information, please get in touch with any of the schools involved or email Julie Bowdidge, DLP Trust facilitator at: of download the 'Come and Join our Trust' information leaflet here: Come and Join our Trust       

If you are interested in joining the trust please complete the application form DLP Membership Form and send to