Introduction to the Partnership

The Howard Partnership Trust (THPT) is a Multi-Academy Trust created in November 2013 and led by Howard of Effingham School, an outstanding school which is also a designated Academy Sponsor. As the first federation of schools in Surrey, originally formed in 2007 at the request of the LA and DfE, we have a long-standing tradition of highly effective partnership working.

There are now four secondary phase academies and five primary phase academies within THPT:

Howard of Effingham School (located between Guildford & Leatherhead) judged 'Outstanding' by Ofsted in 2006 & 2009

Thomas Knyvett College (Ashford) judged 'Good' by Ofsted in 2013 after being in ‘Special Measures' longer than any other secondary school; it has been described as one of the most improved schools in the country.

Oxted School (East Surrey) judged 'Good' by Ofsted in March 2013; the largest secondary school in Surrey joined THPT in September 2015.

Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College (Hersham) joined THPT on 1 September 2016.

Kenyngton Manor Primary School (Sunbury-on-Thames) removed from the 'Special Measures' Ofsted category early and after only two terms of support from The Howard Partnership; awaiting first post-conversion Ofsted inspection.

St Lawrence Primary School (Effingham) joined THPT in November 2014; awaiting first post-conversion Ofsted inspection.

Eastwick Junior School (Bookham) judged 'Good' by Ofsted in May 2014; joined THPT in July 2016.

Eastwick Infant School (Bookham) judged 'Good' with 'Outstanding' features in October 2011; joined THPT in July 2016.

Cuddington Community Primary School (Worcester Park); joined THPT in July 2016; awaiting first post-conversion Ofsted inspection.

We are currently in discussions with other secondary and primary schools who are interested in becoming academies within THPT.

Schools within our partnership successfully work together with a shared vision and ethos. However, each school retains its own unique identity with bespoke solutions and strategies that provide for the specific needs of all students and their local communities. Good practice is recognised and celebrated in each school with opportunities for that good practice to be developed and disseminated throughout THPT. A Virtual Learning Environment is being deployed across THPT with a sophisticated approach to teaching and learning.

As a group of schools, we offer outstanding professional development for all partnership colleagues resulting in highly qualified and experienced teaching staff who are caring and approachable. Our support departments (HR, Finance, Premises, Administration and ICT) provide critical 'back office' functions; this releases leadership capacity to concentrate on teaching and learning.

THPT continues to be asked by the Local Authority and DfE to work with other schools with on-going development of effective partnerships across both primary and secondary phases to help raise standards of student achievement throughout Surrey. We believe such partnership activities help our schools to be even more successful by building upon our existing excellent practice and so remain at the 'cutting edge' of education.

The vision of THPT is to support the sustainable improvement of our schools and partners through collaborative working, in order to enhance the life-chances for our students and benefit members of our local communities. This vision is reflected in the achievements of our students and the success of The Howard Partnership Trust in "bringing out the best".


Chief Executive Officer

Rhona Barnfield CBE
Headteacher Board for Regional Schools Commissioner SESL, National Leader of Education, trained Ofsted Inspector, National Challenge Adviser, Accredited School Improvement Adviser, Chair of Surrey Schools' Forum

Member Appointed Trustee
Chairman - Chris Williamson
National Leader of Governance, Additional Skills Governor,
Governor at Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College

Member Appointed Trustee
Vice Chair - Tina Crombie
Chair of Governors at Thomas Knyvett College and Governor at Rydens Enterprise School and Sixth Form College

Trust Appointed Trustee (Howard of Effingham School)
Vice Chair  - Mark Swyny
Chair of Governors at Howard of Effingham School

Member Appointed Trustee
Paul Belok
Chair of Governors at Oxted School

Member Appointed Trustee
Miles Templeman

Member Appointed Trustee
Susan Kolbush

Member Appointed Trustee
Jane Cunliffe

Member Appointed Trustee
Jerry Loy

Clerk to the Trustees
Deborah Fenton-Jones

The Howard Partnership Trust: Registered Office: Lower Road, Effingham, Surrey, KT24 5JR. Registered in England and Wales. Company Number: 07597068. An exempt charitable trust.