We are delighted to welcome Mrs Ingrid Bennett as Executive Headteacher of the Wheal Prosper Federation. She has been busy spending time at both schools getting to know everyone, and we all look forward to working with her.
The Governing Boards of Cardinham and Lanivet Schools formally joined together on the 1st February to form the Wheal Prosper Federation. Both schools have been working closely since September 2013 when Mr Jelbert became Executive Head of Cardinham School.Becoming a Federation puts both schools in a much stronger position for the future and brings numerous benefits to the education of our children.
As always in education new challenges present themselves all the time. Originally the government stated that they wish all schools to become part of an academy chain by 2020. This expectation is no longer statutory but it is apparent academisation is fundamental to government policy; with this in mind the Governors are actively researching the various possibilities available to us. Being part of a Federation with approximately 215 pupils with good Ofsted grades in both schools makes us an attractive addition to any Academy Trust. The Governors believe it is important that we retain our distinctive school character and that we have a named Headteacher. Many smaller schools which have joined Academy Trusts no longer have a Headteacher but are run by a Chief Executive Officer based in a large school. This consideration was important in making the decision to federate.
We want to make the choice regarding the most suitable Multi Academy Trust for our schools and not be forced into something that is not in the best interest of our children. We will keep you informed of how this process is progressing.
Government initiatives have made major changes to the future of education. The ongoing drive to make all schools into academies is at the top of the education agenda. There are further significant initiatives;
Planning for the future development of our schools, whilst ensuring we manage the budget to provide all the opportunities we wish will take much of the time in governor discussions for the next year.
01208 821326 - Cardinham School
01208 831417 - Lanivet