The Federation of Sibertswold Church of England and Eythorne Elvington Community Primary Schools
The Federation was formally constituted in January 2012 when Eythorne Elvington joined Sibertswold under the leadership of the then Sibertswold Headteacher.
Working together both schools have flourished and grown such that both are now high performing schools at the top end of the OFSTED Good rating. Both schools have expanded their pupil numbers and the outcomes for pupils are fantastic.
We have reaped the benefits of working together, sharing resources and staff expertise across the two schools. The SENDCo works across both schools as does our Forest School leader. TAs have been flexible and worked at both schools as the needs arise.
Pupils can access joint activities such as sport competitions and Y6 residential weeks. They also have also shared an after-school club and holiday clubs based at Sibertswold. Although more recently Breakfast and after-school clubs have been established in both schools. We have parent/ grandparent support for clubs at both schools.
The Federation has a very positive collaboration with other schools in the Dover area which enables sharing of good practice, moderation and training.
The Federation has a very strong single Governing Board comprising of individuals from both school communities. With Senior Leaders the Board is responsible for both schools and for ensuring that the Federation remains strong and develops. A 5 year strategic plan for the Federation has been drafted.
Key elements are the continued growth of both schools such that:-
Both Schools to be graded as Outstanding by OFSTED while still providing every pupil with the opportunity to fully develop
Eythorne Elvington school to have an increased number of classes; working towards individual year group classes
Both schools to be oversubscribed for YR on an annual basis
Links with the local community and churches are enhanced, extended and firmly embedded so that the schools can use their experiences and resources and vice versa.
Well-being and Mental health provision embedded at both schools with a possible stand-alone ‘counselling building’