Polehampton C of E Schools Federation

In September 2011, Polehampton C. of E. Infant School and Polehampton C. of E. Junior School formed a Hard Federation. The schools went through a thorough and lengthy consultation process to establish the Federation. 
A Hard Federation means that there is one Executive Headteacher and one Governing Body across both schools. For Polehampton, Miss Helen Ball, the previous Infant Headteacher was appointed to this role. The two governing bodies of the Infant and Junior Schools re-constituted themselves to form one new Governing Body.
Each school remains a separate institution, with its own budget, admissions and Ofsted inspections. 

Changes from September 2015

The federated culture and working practices that were first introduced in 2011 have now become completely embedded in each school thanks to the talent, passion and hard work of Miss Ball, Mrs Litson and Miss Perkins. Therefore our attention is now turning to how each school can continue making the most of the federation in the years to come.

To ensure we continue to offer your children the best possible learning journey in the future, the following changes will be effective from September 1, 2015:

·        Infant School: Head Teacher – Miss Ball and Deputy Head Teacher – Miss Perkins

·        Junior School: Head Teacher – Mrs Litson and Deputy Head Teacher – Mrs Castell

Ms Ball and Mrs Litson will hold joint responsibility for the federated schools leadership role. There will be no impact on our admissions policy, so pupils joining the Infant school will still be guaranteed a place at the Junior school.

We will continue strengthening the links between the two schools by supporting all the good things established so far, including the transition programme between Year 2 and 3, the buddy system, joint celebrations, joint staff training and joint curriculum planning.

Allistaire Leighton Young, Chair of the Governing Body. 

What does this mean for Polehampton Pupils now?
The vision for the Federation is for Polehampton pupils to have an even better learning journey across both schools. 
  • We ensure that we provide an excellent curriculum across Infants and Juniors that is planned with clear progression and continuity. 
  • There are more opportunities for the children to work together in projects in each other's schools, to learn and play from older and younger children. 
  • There is even better transition for the pupils from Year 2 to Year 3, as staff work in each other's schools to build familiarity with names and faces as they move on. 
  • We have improved the quality of our teaching by having joint training to ensure we follow the same teaching styles. 
  • We have the capacity to have additional staff on our Senior Leadership and Senior Management Teams, leading the improvement plans. 
  • We have a shared values cycle so our pupils receive the same inspirational messages about respect, resilience and responsibility. 
With both schools judged as OUTSTANDING by Ofsted, we feel confident that our pupils are receiving an excellent education, which is served by our Federation. 
However, we are not complacent and regularly review our practice and look for opportunities to improve our provision even further. 

Background Information - Letters to parents about the Federation
When the federation was first proposed by Governors in September 2010, there was a steady stream of information from school about the federation proposals - through the school newsletter, meetings with parents and letters home. We have gathered the details together here to provide a background showing how the federation process evolved - see below.