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Federating, But Not Closing

25th February 2010

 

In order to keep the parents of pupils at Woodside Middle School informed of Federation plans surrounding the school, key education officers sat alongside parents on Wednesday 24th February to discuss the details and logistics of the governing bodies’ proposal in full. The federation proposals reflect a new Department for Children Schools and Families (DCSF) initiative to encourage unsatisfactory schools to consider merger or federation with good or outstanding schools.

The meeting focused on areas of the federated school’s structure, identity, management and governance.

It was discussed that current years 6 and 7 will move to Mark Rutherford from September 2010, and that year 5 would remain at Woodside to be joined by year 4’s from Putnoe Lower School and other lower schools.

In terms of identity, there will be a school on the Woodside site and current years 6 and 7 will become Mark Rutherford students wearing Mark Rutherford’s uniforms. Years 4 and 5 will wear Putnoe uniforms which reflect that they belong to the new Primary school.

Parents were also informed that Woodside Governors would remain responsible for Woodside pupils, wherever they are being taught. Steve Peacey (Head Teacher at Mark Rutherford) would be responsible for pupils at Mark Rutherford site and Jill Peck (Head Teacher at Putnoe Lower School) would be responsible for the Woodside site. Current Woodside Governors remain in place with responsibility for Woodside pupils. All three schools governing bodies will work together to ensure children’s needs are the top priority at all times throughout the transitional period.

Cllr David Sawyer Portfolio Holder for Children’s Services at Bedford Borough Council said: “The council, together with the schools and governors are doing everything they can to make this a successful transition. The meeting was very successful as it managed to answer parents’ questions.”

In November last year, Ofsted assessed the school and placed it in ‘special measures’. The report revealed that the pupils were receiving an ‘unacceptable’ quality of education. The current proposal is focused on raising standards and achievement.

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