Two Esk Valley schools to merge

TWO of the district’s primary schools are to federate from the spring.

The governing bodies of Castleton community primary school and Glaisdale primary school have taken the decision to federate in April in order to strengthen the two schools and to maintain high standards of teaching and learning.

Governors of the two schools have held a formal consultation on the proposal, including a number of public meetings, and are going ahead with the move after backing from parents, staff and the local community.

Under the federation, the schools will retain their own budgets and buildings and remain part of their local community.

But they will have a shared leadership and management and a single governing body working in the best interests of both schools and their pupils.

Castleton and Glaisdale already work very closely together and as small schools both share a head teacher.

Governors feel that federation will bring about key benefits for children at both schools in terms of educational and social experiences and more targeted teaching and for staff in terms of professional development.

For more reaction on the merger see Friday 8 March’s Whitby Gazette.