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Federation of Follifoot & Spofforth CE (VC) Primary Schools
Church schools working together for their village communities and the surrounding areas of Harrogate, Knaresborough and Wetherby.
Following consultation in the summer of 2015 the Federation of Follifoot and Spofforth CE Primary Schools came into effect on 15th October 2015.
‘A federation is defined in law as two or more maintained schools operating under the governance of a single governing body.’
‘The creation of a federation is not just about structural change. It is also about a different mind-set where governors and school leaders share a commitment to improving the outcomes and chances for all children across the federation.’
Federation Guiding Principles –
1 ) The needs of all the children, regardless of which school they attend, come first over all other priorities. 2 ) The staff team is the Federation’s most valuable resource. We must look after them and support them using the Federation effectively to retain and where necessary recruit the highest quality staff. 3 ) The Federation strives to create outstanding provision for children in our localities and the whole community. 4 ) Pupils’ personal development and wellbeing are valued as highly as their academic progress. 5 ) The Federation understands the presence of a school in each village is central to village and community life. We value the support provided by the community and work hard to ensure we contribute effectively to village life. 6 ) We want to retain the benefits of smaller schools whilst being able to work as efficiently and effectively as larger schools. 7 ) Positive relationships with parents are essential to the schools and contribute to the work they do. 8 ) Consultation regarding proposed change will always be transparent and include all those involved with school life; pupils, parents, staff, governors the Local Authority and wider community. 9 ) The Federation recognises the direct link between pupil numbers and funding. It accepts that this will pose challenges that must be faced. We will learn from others in similar situations, work creatively, taking considered risks and embracing change.