Somerset - Federation plan bids to save cash

11th December 2009 at 00:00

An area of Somerset is facing an "urgent" reorganisation of schools that will require them to federate as a result of falling rolls and financial problems.

Crewkerne and Ilminster have a three-tier system, with upper school starting at age 14, which councillors want to change to two tiers.

But they have not received the necessary funding from government. In the meantime, schools will be told to federate in a bid to save money.

Somerset County Council says the reorganisation is needed because of the expiry of a school lease in 2011 and the likelihood that schools will become financially unviable because of declining pupil numbers.

Two first schools in the area have also become primaries, which "challenges the viability" of the three-tier system, the council says.

"Given the financial constraints, a low-cost option had to be sought which tackled the challenges faced by schools in the South Somerset three-tier system," a council report said.

Wadham, Swanmead and Maiden Beech schools will create a single governing body, as will Shepton Beauchamp, St Mary and St Peter's schools. Other schools will also collaborate and federate.

Education officials think a shake-up of primary education in the south of the county will also help children's achievement by easing pupils' transition between schools. km.

Log-in as an existing print or digital subscriber

Forgotten your subscriber ID?


To access this content and the full TES archive, subscribe now.

View subscriber offers


Get TES online and delivered to your door – for less than the price of a coffee

Save 33% off the cover price with this great subscription offer. Every copy delivered to your door by first-class post, plus full access to TES online and the TES app for just £1.90 per week.
Subscribers also enjoy a range of fantastic offers and benefits worth over £270:

  • Discounts off TES Institute courses
  • Access over 200,000 articles in the TES online archive
  • Free Tastecard membership worth £79.99
  • Discounts with Zipcar,, Virgin Wines and other partners
Order your low-cost subscription today