The decision on the proposal to federate Ysgol Bro Tryweryn and Ysgol Ffridd y Llyn

Between 8 June and 6 July 2017 a statutory consultation was held with the school governors and councils of Ysgol Bro Tryweryn and Ysgol Ffridd y Llyn on the proposal to federate the two schools. Following full consideration of the responses received to the consultation, Gwynedd Council has decided to approve the proposal to federate Bro Tryweryn School and Ysgol Ffridd y Llyn by 30 October 2017

'Ffederasiwn Cysgod y Foel’ will therefore be implemented from October 30, 2017 onwards, with one Head teacher, responsible for leading Ysgol Bro Tryweryn and Ysgol Ffridd y Llyn. For more details, see the decision letter below:

 

Statutory Consultation Report:

A Consultation was undertaken on the proposal to federate Ysgol Bro Tryweryn and Ysgol Ffridd y Llyn between June 8 and 6 July 2017. In accordance with the requirements of the Federation of Maintained Schools (Wales) Regulations 2014, the local authority is required to consider the responses received and publish a report on those comments on the Council's website. 

Please find below a link to the report on the statutory consultation on the proposal to federate Ysgol Bro Tryweryn and Ysgol Ffridd y Llyn.

 

Background:

Gwynedd Council considered forming a federation between Ysgol Bro Tryweryn and Ysgol Ffridd y Llyn schools. Both schools serve children aged 3-11.
The formal consultation period took place with the Governing Bodies and School Councils between 8 June and 6 July 2017 to allow the stakeholders to receive information and to give an opinion on the proposal to federate. The Consultation document was prepared and distributed to the relevant stakeholders to share information about the implications of forming a federation between the two schools.

A simple consultation document was produced for the school's pupils, to accompany the statutory consultation document;

Federation is a method of unifying the governance structure of more than one school without creating too much change to the day-to-day operation of the schools involved. If federation is decided, the new governing body may choose to appoint one Head to take responsibility for the schools.


Statutory Consultation Report:

Please find below a link to the report on the statutory consultation on the proposal to federate Ysgol Bro Tryweryn and Ysgol Ffridd y Llyn.

 

 Some of the benefits of federating:

  • Consistency in teaching and learning methodology especially across the key stages
  • Opportunities to share good practice, materials and resources
  • Opportunities the share facilities
  • Improve opportunities for team sports
  • Strengthen curriculum expertise
  • Better extra curricular activity choices/activities and after School clubs
  • Better social opportunities for pupils
  • Provide wider ranging educational options and experiences for children and young people
  • Share and develop information and skills
  • Reinforce pupil achievement
  • Better opportunities for professional development for staff
  • Opportunities to create new roles which could be shared between schools, e.g. IT technician, drama teacher, peripatetic teachers a.s.o
  • Facilitate wider pupil well-being by bringing pastoral, health, career and other services together to meet these needs jointly

 

What is the biggest change associated with federating?

The biggest change involved with federating is the management structure. Creating a federation between different schools brings together the governing bodies and creates one management structure. Governors can decide to appoint one Head to be responsible for the schools. Having one governing body ensures formal collaboration between the schools and improves opportunities for the children. It also facilitates the management structure of each school and makes the standard of the education consistent.

 

Why federate?

  • Federating brings together the strengths of each school and ensures consistency of the education within those schools and takes advantage of the opportunity to share good practice, expertise and resources.
  • Federating is way of strengthening the management of each school without changing the character and individual arrangements of each school. There’s no change to the school uniform or budget of the schools and they will continue to have a completely independent inspection by Estyn. However the reviewing body does tend to coordinate the inspections so as to create the least stress and disturbance to all the schools in the federation.
  • Each school will continue to receive a separate budget, but the schools may decide to bring their budgets together in order to share the cost of purchasing resources in order to improve the results for each child within the federation.
    Each school must maintain an audit trail and prepare separate accounts for each school within the federation. This can help alleviate the financial burden for each school because of a federation’s ability to share resources.

There would not be any change to the school sites and there would be no change to each school’s admission arrangements.


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