West Norfolk village schools reveal federation proposal

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Three West Norfolk village schools could form a new federation under plans unveiled by education chiefs.

A consultation has been launched on proposals to bring the schools in Brancaster, Docking and Sedgeford together under the banner of the St Mary’s Federation.

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Brancaster, which won the Primary School of the Year trophy at the Lynn News Education Awards in November, and Sedgeford already operate under the leadership of one headteacher, Sarah Bocking.

Around 180 children are currently on roll at the three schools and the new partnership is expected to begin in May, if the plans are approved.

John Ward, chairman of Sedgeford Primary’s governors, said: “We want to sustain and continue to improve education in our villages but we are well aware of the challenges faced by small schools, in terms of delivering a balanced curriculum and sustaining strong leadership.

“We have already seen the benefits of working more closely and have had a partnership arrangement in place between Brancaster and Sedgeford for the last year.

“However, we want to extend that to support all of the children in our area and to ensure that the skills, expertise and strengths at all three schools can be shared across the federation.

“Other schools that have taken this step have achieved a more secure long-term future. We are hopeful that a strong federation will give families the confidence to back their local schools.”

The current head of Docking Primary, David Baldwin, is leaving his post at Easter to take up a new role outside the area.

However, he insisted his departure was not connected to the proposal, adding: “The Federation, I think, is very positive. It’s a natural progression of what has been going on for a long time.”

Consultation forms should be returned to the three schools no later than 5pm on Wednesday, February 25.