At Heron Hill School we believe a school should be a real part of the community and one of the ways we try to achieve this is by developing positive partnerships with other similar minded organisations and charities.
Kendal Primary Partnership (KPP): Teacher Training Opportunity
Heron Hill School is part of Kendal Primary Partnership (KPP), which is proud to be working with the University of Cumbria (UoC) for School Direct. If you study with KPP, you will be working towards a PgCE course at Masters level, which will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
Friends of Heron Hill (FOHH)
The aim of the FOHH is to maintain and encourage active co-operation between parents, school staff, children and friends of the school.
All parents and friends are welcome to take part in the association’s activities, which enrich the life of our school community. In addition to fund-raising and giving practical help, a full social programme is organised for children, friends and parents. Contact the Chair of Friends of Heron Hill: chair@
The school raises funds for Manna House, Children in Need, St John's Hospice, New Beginnings, NW Air Ambulance, Marie Curie and The Children's Society through various events and activities. Our choir sings carols for the Beck Community Centre senior citizens' group each Christmas.
Open Arms Academy Kenya
In 2018, Heron Hill School's Headteacher Peter Hicks travelled to Kenya to support the Headteacher of "Open Arms Academy" with development planning. Following this visit, Heron Hill School has welcomed teachers from Open Arms Academy here and some of our staff have visited Open Arms; it was very encouraging to have a live link with Open Arms during an assembly recently. We hope to continue to further our links with Open Arms.
For many years we have regularly exchange cards and letters with pupils in Grundschule Nord, Rinteln, which was initially started as part of the town twinning relationship between Kendal and Rinteln.
In the past, we supported Ongoma Primary School in Tanzania near Mount Kilimanjaro and several of our staff visited the school to help share skills and knowledge. We hosted several members of their staff when they visited Heron Hill. We have also had links with Britannia Village Primary School in East London.
Kendal Collaborative Partnership (KCP) is a cluster of schools from within and around Kendal and feed into the two Kendal Secondary Schools. The schools are working together to provide pupils and staff with curricular support, training, arts and sports events and festivals.
Kendal Parish Church
Parish Church clergy lead assemblies at school and our pupils make visits to the church, to learn about Christianity, to attend workshops or to hold Christmas services. Heron Hill School participates in the annual Christmas Tree Festival and in 2022, we added our display to the Church's celebration of the Queen's Platinum Jubilee.
Kidsafe – we are a founding member of this charity which provides training for schools' adults and children on keeping themselves safe.
NISCU - Northern Inter Schools Christian Union.
Kendal Windows on Art - Community-wide art projects and initiatives.
Kendal Leisure Centre - 'Park and Stride', swimming lessons and experiences, lunchtime and after-school sports clubs plus various other events.
Men in Sheds - donations of play equipment, garden planters and workshops to make bird boxes, etc.
The Abbot Hall Group – Blackwell Arts and Craft House, Abbot Hall Art Gallery, Windermere Jetty, Museum of Lakeland Life and Industry.
Conservation Volunteers - pupils have helped to plant wildflowers on Kendal Castle, fruit trees at the Leisure Centre and have helped to protect the natural environment at Somervell Woods.