The Blossom Federation
The Blossom Federation has developed significantly over the past decade.
In 2014, Hackney Education, then Hackney Learning Trust, asked the Head Teacher - Janice Thomas, and the Governing Body at Sebright Primary School to support Daubeney Primary School. The school schools formed a formal Federation that September, and began to share their vision, ambition and resources. Janice Thomas became the Executive Head Teacher of the Federation and the leadership structure expanded to include a Head of School at both Sebright and Daubeney. The Federation were asked to support Lauriston Primary School in 2014 after a period of change which had affected standards. A consultation period followed with the school joining the Federation formally in 2018.
The Federation now shares a Governing Body comprising the Executive Head Teacher and governors representing parents, staff and the Local Authority governor as well as members who have been co-opted because of their skills. Their aim is to ensure the three schools work together efficiently and sustainably to raise standards, improve services and increase opportunities for pupils and staff as well as to monitor performance and standards, the quality of the curriculum and be able to share resources, staff, expertise and facilities.
Daubeney, Sebright and Lauriston all retain their individual school identities which is important; there are staff, such as the Executive Head Teacher, Federation Business Manager, Spanish Teacher and Pastoral Care Lead who work across each school. Otherwise, each school retains its own Head of School and staff.
In January 2021, a new Executive Head Teacher – Robin Warren - took up the post. The Federation now enters its next exciting phase to create an overall Federation identity, using new websites, streamlined systems, social media and fresh approaches to take the schools into the future. Where will we be in five years?