Our Federation

Extract from National Society Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools Report March 2013

“The creation of a hard federation with Longhorsley Aided First School has been of benefit to both communities. A joint Governing Body, the sharing of resources and teacher expertise between both schools are some of the advantages.”

The Federation of Longhorsley and Whalton C of E Aided First Schools.

Whalton and Longhorsley First Schools became a Confederation in September 2006 when a shared Headteacher was appointed to enable both Church of England First Schools to have a non-class based Headteacher to secure the strategic Christian vision of both schools.

This successful partnership has  evolved and strengthened over a period of six years in to something quite special. It has enabled staff in both of these small, rural first schools to work together and plan exciting, innovative curriculum projects. The children are able to widen their friendship groups and enhance their school experience by working together and living out our core values for life.

Both schools are fortunate to have a forward thinking, pro-active governing body who appreciate the benefits of working together. The two separate governing bodies became a Hard Federation in the Autumn of 2009 with The Federation of Longhorsley and Whalton First Schools becoming established on 1st January 2010 with one joint Governing Body.

They work positively together to support, challenge and develop both schools in  the Federation.

The Federation strengthens both schools. They continue to develop their strong and successful approach of always working in partnership with others for the benefit of both schools and communities.

Curriculum Planning is consistent across the Federation. The children in both schools work on the same topics at the same time and meet up for special events/themed days/activity days.

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