Collaborative Working

Cumbria Maintained Nursery Schools

There are five Maintained Nursery Schools in Cumbria who have all worked collaboratively together for many years to strengthen the provision for young children across the county.

As a cluster we meet regularly with the aim to:

  • To identify and share expertise, strengths and resources to improve provision and raise educational standards.
  • Share and develop national 'best practice' in Early Years education.
  • To devise collaborative projects that impact upon pupils’ learning.
  • Join together to provide high quality training opportunities for our staff.
  • Celebrate and communicate the unique experiences that nursery schools provide for young children.
  • Support other settings outside the cluster by sharing good practice, hosting staff & facilitating joint development.

Within the cluster, schools are organised in triads which allows us to focus on the particular improvement needs of individual schools providing external support and challenge.

Parkview Nursery School is in a triad with Cleator Moor Nursery School and Frizington Nursery School. We meet half termly with the specific aim of supporting each other with school improvement.


Millom Partnership of Schools

Working together to enhance the life chances of our pupils

Parkview Nursery School is part of the Millom cluster of schools. The purpose of this cluster group is to work together to facilitate the highest outcomes and aspirations for our pupils, parents, staff and wider communities. This cluster is represented on the ‘Local Alliance of System Leaders – South’ group.

Millom Partnership Aims:

  • To identify and share expertise, strengths and resources to improve provision and raise educational standards.
  • To develop mutual trust, respect and understanding of the work and contribution of each individual school to the experience of our learners.
  • To promote collaboration amongst all staff and learners across the cluster schools.
  • To provide support to individual head teachers and develop leadership across the cluster.
  • To ensure effective communication of local information to parents and provide support for families in need.
  • To take advantage of opportunities to achieve ‘best value for money’ when sourcing supplies and services.
  • To devise collaborative projects that impact upon pupils’ learning and give them opportunities to meet before transition to the next stage of their education.
  • To increase the opportunities to extend and enrich the school curriculum.


Who we are:

The Millom cluster consists of 10 schools within Millom and the surrounding areas.


What we do:

Head teachers of cluster schools meet every half term with a thorough and diverse agenda. On occasions, this includes visiting speakers who contribute to the support and improvement process.



Early Years Forum

The Early Years Forum is organised and led by Parkview Nursery School and is made up of all Early Years providers in the area both Private, Voluntary and Maintained Schools.

We meet termly in each other’s settings to share good practice and current issues. Each meeting has a focus and sometimes external speakers are invited to provide additional input.

Last year 3 settings from the group including Parkview took part in the Early Years Hub project working with Queen Katharine Teaching School. This looked at improving children’s development in the Characteristics of Learning through effective adult interactions and open ended resources.




Our Vision:

Our Vision at Parkview is to encourage every individual to

  • walk their own path
  • build their own bridge
  • climb their own mountain

in order to fulfil their potential in life and learning


As a Local Authority Maintained Nursery School we offer:

  • 3 year old funded places (15 hours a week)
  • 3 year old funded places for working parents (up to 30 hours a week)
  • Flexible sessions which can be used over a full day if wished
  • Parents can pay for additional sessions if wished
  • Hot lunches
  • Resourced Provision for children with Special Educational Needs


We work closely with Stepping Stones Nursery next door who can provide wrap around and holiday provision for children attending Parkview Nursery.