Background and Information
Quartet in the Community was originally set up as a pilot project as part of Kent County Council’s Extended Schools Development Strategy. The Project was set up in 2005 for three years and is now an established extended school partnership.
Working with KCC officers, the founder Margate schools – Hartsdown Technology College (Secondary), Holy Trinity & St John’s CE Primary, Salmestone Primary and Garlinge Primary School formed a partnership, believing that they could have a greater impact working together than they would working individually.
The Quartet was one of several pilots across the County and its aim was to trial some new ideas about the potential role of schools in their community.
The vision statement prepared by the Headteachers states that:
“in the longer term, it is envisaged that each of the schools will become a focal point for community activity and learning. Schools will genuinely become a community resource, used and led by local people for their benefit. The core value that underpins the project is – “everyone in the community has something to give and something to gain.”The original partnership developed further in 2009 when the model of the Quartet was rolled out across Thanet and four additional partners joined the Quartet group, these were:-
• St. Gregory’s Catholic Primary School
• Foreland School (Special School - relocating to Hartsdown 2013)
• Six Bells Children’s Centre
• Garlinge Children’s CentreThe main objective of the Quartet is to develop and deliver services, facilities and activities with regard to:
• the needs of children, young people, families and the wider communities around the five schools
• existing services in the community
• the outcome of consultation with members of the school and wider communities
• positive impact on improvement and educational opportunities in the six schools and two children’s centres
• quality assurance
• the development and priorities of Thanet 1 (CYPP)
Since the roll out in early 2009, Thanet’s community now benefits from 6 other extended school partnerships, each with extended school coordinators who are employed by KCC and managed by KCC Extended Schools Development Managers.
The Quartet in the Community partnership facilitates:-
• Activities and events, e.g. monthly cinema club (300 people per month), sports activities, healthy lifestyle sessions, community allotment (family sessions, over 50s, intergenerational project)
• Parenting courses, e.g. keeping up with the children, teenagers, adult numeracy/literacy
• After school clubs/transition activities e.g. Teen Cuisine, Street Soccer
• Family learning opportunities, e.g. Dads and Lads, days out,
• Signposting of support services, e.g. local events, opportunities, agency support
• Organises network meetings with Quartet Partners to gain feedback from school councils and parent forums.
• Regular newsletters are produced and distributed,
Quartet in the Community Coordinator/Senior Extended Schools Coordinator -
Nicola Wood - Mob 07845 979024 - email firstname.lastname@example.org