Partnership boost for Stradbroke and Laxfield primary schools

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The future of two rural schools in north Suffolk have been strengthened after it was agreed they would form a partnership.

Stradbroke Primary School and All Saints Primary School, in Laxfield, will collaborate in the summer term.

Melanie Barrow, headteacher at Stradbroke Primary, will become executive head of both schools. The deputies at each school, Linda Walsh at Stradbroke and Lucy Hammond at All Saints, will become ‘heads of school’, under the direction of the executive head, and responsible for the day to day running of each site.

Stradbroke chair of governors, and chair of the joint committee James Hargrave told the Diss Express: “By sharing headteachers, that saves money and enables us to ensure those schools remain sustainable.

“With funding being reduced and both schools having a small number of children, by pairing together they are both stronger and can help share costs, and make sure they are both kept open going forward.”

An open letter to parents from both schools read: “It was felt that both schools have shared strengths and Governors felt that they could work extremely successfully together. Staff have had the opportunity to get together and we believe that working jointly will present many exciting future opportunities.

“Whenever we make a decision the benefits to our children are the most important consideration. With changes to the national funding formula and the way small schools will receive funding in future, we need to ensure that our schools are in the best financial situation to continue into the future.

“We want both communities to always have their own Primary schools.”