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Craven primary schools join forces

Craven primary schools join forces

Published at 2:22pm 23rd October 2017. (Updated at 2:25pm 23rd October 2017)

The governing bodies of three primary schools in North Craven have decided to form a new federation to help improve education for their pupils.

Giggleswick, Hellifield and Long Preston schools have collaborated for many years and the formation of the federation, which has the support of parents, North Yorkshire County Council and the Anglican Diocese of Leeds, is seen as a natural step in making the joint working between the schools "even more effective for the benefit of the children".

Andrew Bradley, the chair of governors at Long Preston on behalf of the three governing bodies, said: "We are pleased to be able to take this exciting step which we believe will help the children in these three small schools to receive the best possible education by working even more closely together and making the best use of our teams of skilled staff and other resources."

The council says it "fully backs" the decision and believes that federated village schools can be more sustainable in terms of attracting high-calibre staff, financial security and in creating high-quality education through "greater social and curriculum opportunities" for children within the federation.

County Councillor Patrick Mulligan, North Yorkshire's Executive Member for Schools, said: "North Yorkshire goes to great lengths to keep schools offering quality education at the heart of their communities. For this reason, we welcome this new federation in Craven. Children can only benefit from schools working together in this way."

The Ribblesdale Federation, which will start on 1 January 2018, is not an amalgamation of the schools.

Each school will retain its individual identity and budget, but the three existing governing bodies will be replaced by a single body to oversee all three schools.

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