17th October, 2019
Dear Parents, Staff, and Members of the Community,
Working Better Together
We are writing to you as the Chair of Governors at Queenswell Infants & Nursery School and Queenswell Junior School to share with you proposed plans for the future of both schools and to consult with you on these plans.
As you may be aware per pupil school funding across England and Wales has not increased for several years yet costs are increasing by more than the rate of inflation. In addition, falling pupil numbers at Queenswell Infants and Nursery have led to a reduction in form numbers from three to two in reception and years 1 and 2. Consequently, on current trends by 2023 this will mean that both schools will become entirely two form. So in light of these developments and given the government’s encouragement to increase collaboration, the Governing bodies of Queenswell Infants & Nursery, and Queenswell Junior have been exploring the potential benefits of more formal collaboration.
The option we want to share with you is ‘Hard Federation’, which is not a merger or Academisation, but where the two Governing bodies join to become one, and typically there is an Executive Head Teacher overall leadership of all schools in the Federation. Both Governing bodies have worked together to undertake a fact finding exercise on the pros and cons of such a move and came to the unanimous view to recommend consulting you on a proposal to move to form what is termed a Hard Federation. In essence this is because Hard Federation offers both schools the opportunity to maximise financial sustainability and also deliver educational improvements. The attached consultation document outlines this proposal in more detail.
What does Hard Federation mean?
Your views are important and there are a number of ways you can provide feedback and find out more:
When will these proposed changes take place?
The proposed date for the federation is Wednesday 2nd September 2020.
How long is the consultation period?
The consultation period will end by 5.00 pm on Thursday 5 December 2019.
We believe these proposals will enrich how our schools work together and help to improve the education of all Queenswell children. But the Governing bodies will only decide whether to proceed with this once they have considered your views (the feedback will be put into a report to both Governing Bodies). Please do respond and do not hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.
Chair of Governors, Queenswell Junior School
Chair of Governors, Queenswell Infants & Nursery School