Warwick schools unite to share excellence - but insist there is no budget cut
TWO schools in Warwick have united under one head teacher - although both will retain their individual sites and characters.
Debi Cossins, who was the head of Emscote Infants, will now become executive head in overall charge of both Emscote and nearby All Saints Church of England School in Nelson Avenue.
Mrs Cossins insists that the 360 pupils at the two schools - which have been ‘federated’ rather than merged - will benefit from shared areas of excellence in different subjects while any financial savings will be ploughed back into educational resources.
As one head’s salary will be saved this will equate to more educational resources, perhaps teachers or teaching assistants in the longer term.
Two associate heads have been appointed, Jon Queralt at Emscote and Sandra Sutherland at All Saints.
Mr Queralt said: “We will be pooling our resources while keeping our own separate identities, one as a community school, the other as a church school which many of our infants go on to attend.
“This restructure is being done after consultation with teachers, governors and parents and because we believe it will be best for the pupils. It is certainly not a budget cut because any money saved in the streamlined management structure will go back into staff and resources.”
Mrs Cossins said the opportunity for federation arose last term as former All Saints head Richard Machin left and discussions were begun about what would be best for the community.
She said parents may not see an immediate change but the pooling of resources in specific areas of excellence at both schools would benefit the children.
One English challenge being passed on to pupils at the primary school this week is an Extreme Reading competition.
Throughout the summer holidays the infants have been chosing the most unusual places they could to read books and have their photographs taken.
At least one was snapped opening a storybook at the top of a slide in a park, another was pictured in a hospital waiting for a new baby brother or sister to arrive, while a third crawled into a dog’s kennel and began reading. Now it’s the turn of their older pupils in the junior school to get inventive with extreme ideas.
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