The Federation

Longhorsley and Whalton C of E Schools became a Confederation in September 2006 when a shared Headteacher was appointed to enable both schools to have a non-class based Executive Headteacher to secure the strategic vision of both schools.  


This successful partnership evolved and strengthened over a period of four years. It enabled staff in both of these small, rural first schools to work together and plan exciting, innovative curriculum projects. The children were able to widen their friendship groups and enhance their school experience by working together. 


Both schools were fortunate to have a forward-thinking, pro-active governing body who appreciated the benefits of working together during the previous four years. The two separate governing bodies moved towards a Hard Federation in the Autumn of 2009 with The Federation of Longhorsley and Whalton C of E Schools becoming established on 1st January 2010 with one joint Governing Body. 


The Federation aims to strengthen both schools and move forward to continue their strong and successful approach of always working in partnership with others for the benefit of both schools and communities.


Curriculum Planning is consistent across the Federation. The children in both schools meet up for special events / themed days / activity days / residential stays either on site or in the community.