Combe Martin and Woolacombe primaries to share governors and budget,

COMBE Martin and Woolacombe primary schools have agreed to join forces and become a federation.

Following a six week public consultation governors at both schools voted unanimously in favour of the move, with one board of governors and a single budget.

The new federation will be in place by September and it is hoped it will improve learning and opportunities for children, as well help recruit and retain staff.

Several local schools have federated in recent years, including the West Exmoor Federation of Lynton, Kentisbury and Parracombe.

Combe Martin chairman of governors Martin Winter said it was an exciting opportunity:

“Our head teacher and her team are passionate about delivering a high standard of learning and with Woolacombe’s head recognised as a National Leader of Education, this federation will help us reach that objective,” he said.

Woolacombe chairman Alison Homa added: “To remain a school of excellence, we realise we need to further our own learning and development and this federation with Combe Martin will help support that.”