Deaf Hill and Kelloe Primary Schools became a Federation on 1st September 2019. We were already working closely together and had a shared Headteacher and felt federating would bring us many benefits. It has been a very successful partnership and some of those successes and benefits are outlined below.
- They benefit from a greater variety of teaching expertise, resources, facilities and additional specialist provision which is shared across both schools.
- Individual schools continue, but with access to a larger range of opportunities.
- Children have increased opportunities to work with children from the other school.
- The strong and proven successful leadership of the schools is being utilised and strengthened for the benefit of both schools and their communities.
- In times of curriculum/school change, a strong Federation is much better placed to manage those changes thus enabling children to receive maximum benefit.
- Increased opportunities to observe, build, and share best practice through innovative and reflective approaches to education.
- Developing mutual support across schools.
- An enhanced Continued Professional Development (CPD) programme.
- Wider career opportunities and progression at all levels.
- Access to a greater range of resources and professional support.
- Improved opportunities for the recruitment and retention of outstanding staff; maintaining and developing high quality teaching and learning.
- The development of a collaborative culture supported by Federation leadership, built on current strengths to manage and sustain in a landscape of ongoing change.
- A sustainable model with schools remaining at the heart of their local community.
- An opportunity to rationalise and reduce duplication across multiple sites thereby increasing leadership capacity to develop our role in a school led system.