TWO Stonehouse schools have come together to help build relationships and make the transition from infants to juniors even easier.

Stonehouse Park Infant School and Park Junior School have formed a federation in order for the schools to work together more closely.

Having formalised their relationship at the end of 2021, they are now part of the brand new Stonehouse Park Federation.

The decision was made following a consultation with parents and carers, of which a majority were in favour of the change.

Following the consultation, the federation was approved by Gloucestershire County Council and signed-off by the Secretary of State for Education.

The federation's chair of governors, John Parker, said: “The creation of this federation is a really exciting moment in the history of the two schools, and will help improve the educational provision for generations of Stonehouse children."

Under the new system, the two schools will continue to be separate, with individual budgets and Ofsted inspections.

However, there will now be a much closer relationship between them under the management of one executive headteacher and one board of governors.

"Although the two schools remain separate, having a single governing body and headteacher will allow us to work to the same vision, which is: 'learning, playing and working together – where everyone is welcome and everyone can succeed'."

The newly-appointed executive headteacher is Lisa Jones, who has joined the Stonehouse Park Federation from the Innsworth Schools’ Partnership.

Mrs Jones takes on the role from interim executive headteacher Rachel Edwards, longstanding Headteacher of Stonehouse Park Infant School who left in December.

Mr Parker said: "On behalf of the board of governors I would like to welcome new executive headteacher, Lisa Jones to Stonehouse - we are very excited to be working with her on this new chapter in the life of our schools.

"Special mention must also go to head of school at the Juniors, Lynne Robbins, infant school deputy head Anna Jones and to Rachel Edwards, who have all done so much to make the transition to a federation a success.”

To find out more about the Stonehouse Park Federation contact the school offices.

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