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Shipham Church of England First School

Mendip Edge Federation

In January 2014, the governors of Fairlands Middle School, Cheddar First School, Draycott & Rodney Stoke C of E VA First School and Shipham C of E First School decided that the learning experience and achievement of children at our schools could be improved through closer collaboration. The Mendip Edge Federation was created, which is led by a single Governing Body, which meets twice termly.


The four schools retain their identities and strengths. In addition the Federation brings opportunities for:


  • broader learning and social experiences
  • sharing of good practice across schools
  • a strengthening of the already successful transition experience for pupils moving from our first schools to our middle school
  • further development of the standard of teaching and learning across all schools
  • each school to operate more efficiently through the sharing of resources and expertise
  • joint staff training
Shipham First School retains its own Advisory Group to represent the interests and views of all the stakeholders in the school and from the community it serves to the Federation Governing Body and the school itself.