Rutland schools join forces to offer more resources

Headteacher Sharon Milner.
Headteacher Sharon Milner.
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Two primary schools have joined forces to share equipment and resources to help bring greater opportunities for pupils.

Brooke Hill Primary Academy, in Brooke Road, Oakham and Edith Weston Primary School, in Weston Road, have formed a soft federation, meaning while the schools have separate governing bodies, they share the same governing committee.

The schools will also have one headteacher. Sharon Milner, who was in charge at Brooke Hill Primary Academy, has taken on the role after the retirement of Edith Weston head Margaret Lishman.

Teachers Jane Fitzgerald and Jo Appleton have been appointed school leaders of Brooke Hill Primary and Edith Weston Primary, respectively.

Mrs Milner said the move is “very positive” for both schools.

The changes will allow the schools to share rooms and halls if needed, computer equipment and IT, as well as school trips, and pupils can be selected for either sports teams.

Mrs Milner said: “This is a very positive move for both schools.

“They will maintain both of their identities but they will be able to share opportunities and resources.

“It’s a really good change for both schools and pupils will be able to integrate and work in different ways.

“The school leaders have been appointed to take over the running of the school while I’m at the other. They will still continue to teach their classes.

“This is a really exciting challenge for all of us.”

Parents and staff at both schools were consulted on the changes.

There are 320 pupils at Brooke Hill Primary, including those who attend the nursery, and 110 pupils at Edith Weston Primary.

This year, Brooke Hill Primary is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

It is hosting an event on Saturday, October 5, to mark the occasion.

Former staff, pupils and parents of the school are welcome to attend the event, which is free.

Mrs Milner added: “It will be a great celebration for anyone who has attended the school in its history.

“There’s no limit to the amount of guests we have, so the more the merrier.”

Edith Weston Primary is holding a tea and coffee afternoon for Macmillan Cancer Support on September 27 as part of the charity’s national initiative.

The event starts at 2pm and will be open to parents, friends and family. For details visit coffee.macmillan.org.uk