CEDAR TREE FEDERATION - a partnership from January 2020

Over three past years the leaders of Pinhoe C of E (VA) Primary School and Woodbury C of E (VA) Primary School have worked in partnership to develop each school. Financial demands and the desire to extend opportunities for our staff and children have led to our schools making the decision to work more formally together in a federation.

More recently, the governing bodies of both schools have discussed the many ways in which both schools could benefit by making the partnership a more permanent arrangement. Over the summer of 2019 there was a consultation and the outcome of this process was that the two schools will federate in January 2020 and become Cedar Tree Federation. 

What is a federation?

A federation is a family of schools, with each school retaining its unique character within its own community; its own name and uniform. Each school will have a separate Ofsted and Church inspections and the performance data is published separately.

The current admissions process will remain the same with children being admitted to each school under their individual Admissions Policy. The schools within the federation will share one governing board consisting of representatives from both school communities and ensuring that the Christian distinctiveness of both schools will continue to be upheld.

There is no single blue print for federation; each federation is tailored to the needs of the different schools and communities that are involved.  There are currently approximately 35 federations across Devon, involving over 80 schools, with the first federations in Devon forming in 2006 and many others considering this as a successful sustainable model for their school’s future.

We are proposing to federate to ensure continuing strong leadership and high standards in teaching and learning whilst maintaining each school’s individual ethos and values.

What are the benefits be for our schools?

  • Sharing strong and proven leadership;
  • Sharing teaching expertise;
  • Availability of teaching resources;
  • Increasing opportunities for the children to mix with a wider group both academically and socially;
  • Greater access to a wider range of resources and opportunities to make some savings to reinvest in children’s learning;
  • Joint planning and curriculum development opportunities for staff;
  • Joint training of staff to impact on children’s’ learning;

The Federation will have one governing board composed of representatives from each school community. The make-up of the governing board has to adhere to Regulations.

The membership of this single governing board includes representation for parents and staff, foundation (church) governors, co-opted governors and a local authority governor.  The governing board will have overall responsibility for both schools within the federation.

The size of the federated governing body is 16 as follows:                                                       

2 Parent governors

1 Staff governor

Executive Headteacher

1 Local Authority appointed governor

9 Foundation governors (to include an ExOfficio)

2 Co-opted governors



Information on our new Colleagues:-

Mrs Sian Lane, our Executive Head Teacher, has overall responsibility for both Woodbury and Pinhoe Schools, where she will provide support and leadership to both myself and to Mel Johns, Head of School at Pinhoe.

Mrs Hannah Chamings the Federations shared Inclusion Lead, she will be supporting Miss Bowyer whilst undertaking her new role as Special Educational Needs Co-ordinator.

Mrs Rebekah Dean the federation Family Support Worker.  Her role is to provide support, advice and information to children and families within our school community.  She can help you with any worries that you may have in relation to your child's education or wellbeing. She will be holding coffee mornings in the near future where you can meet and key information can be passed on about areas, such as sleep, bed wetting, anxiety, behaviour etc. Private 1-1 appointments are also available if you would like to meet with Mrs Dean please ring or pop in to the school office, appointments are available from next week.

Support for pupils includes:

  • - Promoting good attendance and punctuality
  • - Promoting self-esteem and confidence
  • - Promoting positive behaviour and positive attitudes to learning
  • - Providing one-to-one support

Support for families includes:

  • - Providing information and signposting to other services in the local area
  • - Liaising with a range of external services such as housing and Social Care
  • - Assistance in completing paperwork and forms e.g. housing, special educational needs, school places and benefits
  • - Attendance and support at school and other agency meetings
  • - Advice and support in promoting positive behaviour at home
  • - Guidance with career and personal development and access to training and workshops  in school


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