From September 2015, Brailes Church of England Primary School has been working in closer collaboration with two of our neighbouring schools: Acorns Primary and Shipston-on-Stour Primary (Stour Federation).

By working together we are  able to strengthen our leadership team and build capacity, having an Associate Head at each school but overseen by an Executive Headteacher; save money by achieving economies of scale and, most importantly, raise standards for our children, who will benefit from shared expertise and specialist education provision and resources across all schools.

Brailes cannot officially join the Stour Federation as maintained schools and academies are not permitted to federate.  In addition, Brailes would have to convert to academy status to join the Stour Federation Multi-Academy Trust, which requires more detailed consideration.  Therefore we have formed a collaborative partnership for an initial period of two years, with Brailes retaining a separate governing body and receiving support from the Diocese and Local Authority.

Brailes, Shipston and Acorns will be led by Christian Hilton as Executive Headteacher, who will work across all three schools. Mr. Hilton will be based at Shipston three days a week, and one day a week each at Acorns and Brailes.  Mrs. Childs has been seconded for the initial two year period. Brailes will reimburse Acorns and Shipston for Mr. Hilton’s and Mrs. Childs’ time.  Mrs. Young is the Associate Headteacher at Acorns Primary School and Mr. Roberts is the Associate Headteacher at Shipston Primary School.

Each school will continue to retain its own separate identity, uniform and admissions policy. However, behind the scenes we will all work towards the common goal of raising standards together, and as we share expertise, leadership and resources we hope you will notice a difference for the better.

Shipston-on-Stour Primary School – www.shipston.warwickshire.sch.uk

Acorns Primary School – www.acornsprimary.co.uk