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CofE schools form confederation
9:40am Friday 9th August 2013 in Romsey
TWO Church of England primary schools will become a federation next month.
They are Ampfield Primary and John Keeble Primary School, at neighbouring Hursley.
Executive head teacher of both schools will be Mrs Julie Carrington, who has been running them under a collaboration agreement for a while. The federation will come into being on September 1.
Ampfield’s vicar, the Revd Peter Gilks said: “The governors of both schools have unanimously voted to establish a federation and Mrs Carrington will become executive headteacher of the two schools.
“There will be one governing body elected from the churches and communities of both villages, parents and the local education authority, together with staff governors.
Mr Gilks and the vicar of Hursley, the Revd William Prescott, will become ex-officio governors.
“The federation does not affect the appointments of the existing staff, who remain employed by their existing schools, but the arrangement gives them great opportunities for peer support and collaboration in the delivery of the curriculum,” added Mr Gilks.
Test Valley Borough Council’s deputy leader, Martin Hatley, who lives at Ampfield and represents the village on the authority, welcomed the news.
Mr Hatley said: “This is very good news for Ampfield and Hursley. It should ensure the sustainability of Ampfield School, which has been under threat of closure a few times over the years because of falling numbers.”
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