Originally a group of 11 schools and 1 special school in 2000, the WOWS Learning Community has grown into a school improvement consortium of 18 schools across several Wigan West areas.
The WOWS group of schools made a successful application for funding to the National College for School Leadership in 2003 to support staff collaboration and enquiry across several levels of learning.
The WOWS Learning Community aimed to support 'access to learning' across the network. WOWS believed that 'none of us is as smart as all of us' and that together building successful learning communities via collaboration would enhance everyone's achievement and progress.
WOWS are still committed to focusing and embracing the inclusion agenda, developing the capacity for continuous improvement in each organisation and across the network of schools. WOWS was, and still is, committed to the three 'I's: Innovation, Inclusion and Improvement.
The WOWS group has grown considerably over the years and continues to focus on using collaboration and learning groups to help each school to be as successful as possible via challenge and support.
The 18 schools include community primary and special schools, voluntary aided and voluntary controlled faith primary schools. The schools work closely together to provide children with a wide range of high quality academic , arts, music and sporting opportunities.
From the very beginning the school leaders have been, and continue to be, committed to supporting each other and all staff across the schools to improve each child's life chances.
WOWS believes 'None of us is as smart as all of us' and 'With Others We Succeed'.