The Federation

The governing bodies of Castle Lower School, Hazeldene Lower School and Newnham Middle School have been working together to enhance the educational provision in order to provide a sustainable and stable educational route for children in our local community. The context for this is Bedford Borough Council’s “Strengthening partnerships…” document, available on the borough website.

We now look forward to developing the strong and growing partnership, with Castle and Newnham in hard federation (one governing body and one headteacher) from January 2016 and Hazeldene in soft federation (better curriculum, staff and pupil links), also January 2016.

We are pleased that our vision for providing continuity and excellence from 4-16 is wholly compatible with Bedford Borough’s announced intention to support schools in converting to two-tier education: we believe our all-through model will enable the transition to go all the more smoothly for children. Please click here to see in more detail what our federation looks like.