Parents consulted on school federation

PUBLISHED: 09:00 02 June 2013

Cheddar First School. Views of outside of school and sign for web archive.
22-10-08

Cheddar First School. Views of outside of school and sign for web archive. 22-10-08

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PARENTS of pupils at four village schools are being consulted on plans to form a federation.

Governors for Fairlands Middle School and Cheddar, Shipham and Draycott and Rodney Stoke First Schools say the plans will lead to an improved learning experience for their pupils.

Rather than each school having its own governing body, a single body would work across all four.

Each would retain its own admission arrangements and character and in the case of Shipham and Draycott and Rodney Stoke, they would remain church schools.

A headteacher will remain in place at each school and they will continue to make day-to-day decisions on the running of the schools.

Governors say a federation would formalise links between the schools and help in the sharing of resources in IT, science and sport, as well as cultural and educational visitors and trips.

They believe the sharing of good practice will also lead to improved standards.

Leadership may eventually be coordinated between the schools, with the employment of a qualified business manager one proposal suggested by the joint federation committee.

The consultation period finishes on July 8, when governing bodies will meet to review all responses before making a decision.

If a decision is made to go ahead with the plans, the federation would start from November 11.

Drop-in sessions where parents can talk to headteachers and governors are being held at each of the four schools on the following dates:

* Cheddar First School: Wednesday at 6pm.

* Fairlands Middle School: Wednesday at 7.30pm.

* Draycott and Rodney Stoke First School: June 6 at 6.30pm.

* Shipham First School: June 6 at 7.30pm.

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