Children excited about our plans says Brancaster headteacher

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Brancaster and Sedgeford primary schools formed a partnership as a way of securing the future for the children in a rural, village environment.

It was a desire to create a centre of excellence that pushed governors, teachers and parents to make the move in order to give pupils the very best.

Forty-eight different options were considered for the schools, including closure of one site, but the main focus was on developing resources, building sports links and creating more cultural opportunities.

Sarah Bocking, executive headteacher, said: “Before I agreed to taking on a partnership role, I was concerned about how it would work. It is very early days for us, but I do feel positive. I spend half of each day at each school and there are excellent staff who maintain the smooth running of the schools when I am not in. I can be flexible to meet the needs of each school.

“I can see what is good in each school and take it across to the other school. The y are retaining their separate identities and small school-ness, but both schools are very similar in ethos so do fit well together anyway.”

Mrs Bocking has had a positive response from both teachers and pupils to continue the schools’ integration.

She said: “The children are excited about our plans and look forward to greater contact. We are planning more sport, disability and Shakespeare workshops, shared visits and we are looking at using Skype for class-to-class contact – the children love that idea.

“The teachers have already put into practice things they have seen in the other school and this has had a positive impact on the children such as new reading books at Sedgeford.

“Parents are just so pleased both schools are continuing and that they can see we are all working together for the best for their children.”


Sarah Bocking, the headteacher of the Brancaster and Sedgeford primary schools