'˜Overwhelming' backing for middle schools federation

Governors at Berwick and Tweedmouth Community Middle Schools have voted to federate from September 1.

Wednesday, 27th June 2018, 5:40 pm
Berwick County Middle School

The decision has been taken following a six-week consultation period.

Clare Shaw and John Gilchrist, respective chairs of governors, have warmly welcomed the decision.

Tweedmouth Middle School

In a statement, they said, “The response to the consultation was overwhelmingly in favour of our proposals to federate the two schools.

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“Many of the parents who replied mentioned that the two schools would be stronger working together and that it can only enhance the educational opportunities for our children and young people across the Berwick partnership area.

“Governors look forward to working on the shared strategic priorities of both schools and continuing to build links with all schools across the Partnership.”

The new governing body will have 14 members and elections for parent and staff governors will take place at the start of the autumn term.

Nominations will also be sought for co-opted governors who are committed to continuously improving outcomes for children.

Headteachers Ben Hulbert and Ben Ryder added: “This is a great opportunity for both our schools. While we already work closely together in many areas, this will help to provide seamless pastoral and curricular transition for pupils into Berwick Academy – perfect preparation for the next phase of their education.”