Partner Stories

Don’t just take our word for it, hear what our partners have to say about the successes they’ve achieved since joining Challenge Partners. 

These blog posts showcase and celebrate the amazing collaborative work our partner schools and trusts have been doing as a result of their involvement in Challenge Partners’ programmes and Network of Excellence.

Quality Assurance Review Stories

“The Lead Reviewer gave us feedback throughout the process to make clear what he needed to hear and see, and it was a collaboration. It was very much: What do you want to gain from this and what do you want your leaders to benefit from”
Jane Hayman, Headteacher

Extending Leading Practice Stories

“We particularly liked how our middle leaders were required to lead the project in the school, and it gave us the opportunity to work more collaboratively and for a longer period of time with two like minded schools”
Sarah Naylor, Headteacher

Trust Peer Review Stories


“It has deepened relationships with other trust leaders locally. It has enabled us to have honest conversations about things we know about one another’s trusts, and talk openly about what the future might look like in the local landscape and how we might work together within that.”
Dave Baker, CEO

Local Hub of Collaboration Stories

“For us Challenge Partners really ticks that box, helping us to develop robust relationships within the local area as well as the network within Challenge Partners.”
Rob Buck, Director and Andy Johnson, Executive Director

Growing the Top Stories


"The Growing the Top visit was more informative and had a greater impact on our improvement than the Ofsted visit. It is a core part of what we do every year. I don't think there's a better way to improve”
Andy Roberts, Headteacher

Jubilee Network Stories


“The Jubilee Network has been the best CPD that I’ve had. The opportunity to be able to share my experiences with other heads of schools around the Midlands has been great.”
Joanne Tunnicliffe, Headteacher