Proposal to Federate Brington and Harlestone Primary Schools
Consultation Period: 8th June - 20th July 2011
Dear parents, carers and other friends of Brington and Harlestone Primary Schools,
The existing Governing Bodies met separately earlier this year and decided to propose a formal federation between their two respective schools – Brington Primary School and Harlestone Primary School.
Since September 2010, both schools have already been working in partnership under the leadership of Jan Abrams, the Executive Headteacher. Staff from both schools have benefited from this joint working, as have the children, by improvements in their learning experiences and joint working opportunities. Both Governing Bodies see that a federation is a positive plan to secure the future of these two small rural schools. We believe it will make the schools more cost effective, attract more pupils and enable us to recruit high quality staff when required.
Both Governing Bodies believe that it is up to us to make sure the schools remain distinct and we make the most of their differences as well as their similarities. We are both keen for this to be the case as each school has unique characteristics and it is important that these remain.
As Chairs of the current Governing Bodies, it is also up to us and other governors to make sure this works for the benefit of the children and families we serve. It is also very important that any parent who wants to make a comment does so. We want your views and will make sure that all views are considered. Overall, parents will not notice a difference in the day to day working of the schools. Becoming a federation, however, could make a big difference to how the schools can build upon their current successes and ultimately how well all the children progress and achieve at both Brington and Harlestone Primary Schools.
Ruth O’Donnell, Chair of Brington Primary School Governing Body
Liz Ashton Davies, Chair of Harlestone Primary School Governing Body