The Wickford Federation
Beauchamps High and Wickford Primary have enjoyed a close working relationship for several years. This working partnership has now been formalised in a federation with a single Governing Body.
Working closely in a federation will:
- ensure the schools retain their own identity while being part of a larger community
- facilitate the sharing of best practice and professional expertise
- enable much closer alignment of curriculum progression and improve transition
- enable access to a wider range of facilities
- offer development opportunities for staff across the schools
- create a synergy of financial economies of scale and improve purchasing power and cost savings
The federation has a Lead Headteacher, Mr Harper, who will be responsible for the performance management of the other Headteachers in the federation.
The priority for the federation in its first year will be to secure and embed the new governance structures, while maintaining the strong academic performance of the schools.
There will be no change at all to the admissions of each of the schools. Essex County Council will remain the admissions authority for Wickford Primary School and Beauchamps High School will remain its own admissions authority. The schools remain committed to maintaining their productive working relationship with families and other schools.