After many years of very successful and close collaboration between: Giggleswick Primary, Hellifield Community Primary and Long Preston V.A. Endowed Primary, and following a great deal of research and discussion, as well as consultation meetings within our communities, we have formed 'The Ribblesdale Federation of Schools'. This means that governors and staff will continue to deliver high quality learning in all three schools, but will also be developing further ways of working collaboratively for the benefit of their current and future pupils.
Since January 2018, the most noticeable change for our three schools has been the formation of a new Federation Governing Body, which replaces each school’s individual Governing Body, although it comprises elected members from each school’s community. Meetings have already taken place and governors are looking forward to further enhancing their schools’ provision by combining their extensive range of skills and experiences for the benefit of all within The Ribblesdale Federation of Schools.
So far, staff have worked together during a joint staff development morning and taken part in some joint training sessions. In addition, pupils from Y3 and Y4 from all three schools have enjoyed a residential visit to High Adventure, near Keighley and Y5s have worked together on a range of activities including drumming and problem-solving, alongside Y5 pupils from their urban link school - IQRA Academy in Bradford. Further joint activities have been planned, including a residential visit to Edinburgh for the Y6 pupils.
Earlier in the year, Y6 pupils met for a joint federation workshop, after which they submitted their designs for a federation logo. The standard of entries was extremely high - demonstrating the talent within the Federation, and the vote was really close. The winning design, which was chosen by staff from all three schools, was produced by Luke, from Giggleswick. His design was then used by Mr. Freytag (the schools’ ICT technician), to produce some electronic versions – with Luke’s approval - for the Governing Body to look at and discuss. The logo has now been approved and adopted by the Ribblesdale Federation Governing Body and Luke has been presented with his award by the Chair of Governors – Mr. Paul Gibbons.