The Wheal Prosper Federation
The Governors’ welcome
The Governing Bodies of Cardinham and Lanivet Schools formally joined together on the 1st February to form the Wheal Prosper Federation. Both schools have been working closely since September 2013 when Mr Jelbert became Executive Head of Cardinham School.
More details of the Federation, governing body and policies applicable across both schools can be found on the Federation and / or school websites;
Becoming a Federation puts both schools in a much stronger position for the future and brings numerous benefits to the education of our children.
As always in education new challenges present themselves all the time. Originally the government stated that they wish all schools to become part of an academy chain by 2020. Though this date has changed the Governors remain active in researching the various possibilities available to us. Being part of a Federation with approximately 215 pupils with good Ofsted grades in both schools make us an attractive addition to any Academy Trust. The Governors believe it is important that we retain our distinctive school character and that we have a named Headteacher. Many smaller schools which have joined Academy Trusts no longer have a Headteacher but are run by a Chief Executive Officer based in a large school. This consideration was important in making the decision to federate.
We want to make the choice regarding the most suitable Multi Academy Trust for our schools and not be forced into something that is not in the best interest of our children. We will keep you informed of how this process is progressing.
Government initiatives have made major changes to the future of education. The ongoing drive to make all schools into academies is at the top of the education agenda. There are further significant initiatives;
- The curriculum. A new curriculum was fully introduced from September 2015. Expectations of the standards children should reach have increased greatly.
- Assessment without Levels. Teachers and parents had become very used to levels when discussing children’s attainment. This has been removed and assessment against a general expectation has replaced it. Year 6 expectations are considerably higher and have seen a reduction of around 305 of children achieving the appropriate standard.
- Budgets. The government has not increased funding in line with the increasing numbers of pupils in our schools. As a result the allocation per pupil has decreased causing reductions in our school budgets. A ‘Fair Funding Formula’ removing the post code lottery of school funding is to be introduced; there are concerns this will reduce the funding to small schools.
- The Local Authority. Approximately 75% of funding from central government to Local Authorities will be removed by 2017. Reductions in funding from central government has already seen services provided by the LA reduced to a minimum. Support for many aspects of school life have been removed, for example much of the premises department. Other services have to be purchased for example Special Needs which if still available are bought in (the Educational Psychologist costs £500 per day).
Planning for the future development of our schools, whilst ensuring we manage the budget to provide all the opportunities we wish will take much of the time in governor discussions for the next year.
Further information about our federation and access to the minutes of meetings can be found on our Federation website.