The Mendip Edge Federation

A Federation of Four Schools:
Cheddar First School, Draycott & Rodney Stoke CE VA First School, Fairlands Middle School and Shipham CE VC First School.
Encouraged by LA governance and along with many other schools in Somerset, the governors of Fairlands Middle School, Cheddar First School, Draycott and Rodney Stoke Church of England VA First School and Shipham Church of England First School decided that the learning experience and achievement of children at our schools will be improved through closer collaboration. After consultation the Governing Bodies joined to create a hard federation. The new Mendip Edge Federation of our 4 schools is led by a single Governing Body.

The four schools still retain their own individual identities and and special strengths. In addition the Federation brings opportunities for:

• broader learning and social experiences.
• sharing of good practice across schools and across phases which increase the pace of improvements in learning and teaching for pupils of all ages
• a strengthening of the already successful transition experience for pupils moving from our first schools to our middle school
• further development of the standard of teaching and learning across all schools by enabling staff to work collaboratively
• each school to operate more efficiently through the sharing of resources and expertise
• joint staff training and sharing of good practice.