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Stour Federation Partnership


From September 2015 Shipston Primary and Acorns Primary have been working in closer collaborative with one of our neighbouring schools, Brailes C of E Primary School. 

We have had a very positive experience since federating with Acorns Primary in Long Compton in 2011. The move to work with Acorns  continues to bring benefits to pupils in both Shipston and Long Compton, at a time when rural schools are being put under increasing financial pressure. 


By working together we have been able to strengthen our leadership team and build capacity, having an Associate Head at each school but overseen by Christian Hilton as Executive Headteacher; save money by achieving economies of scale and, most importantly, raise standards for our children, who have benefited from shared expertise and specialist education provision and resources across both schools.


Brailes cannot officially join our Federation as maintained schools and academies are not permitted to federate.  In addition, they would have to convert to academy status to join our multi-academy trust, which requires more detailed consideration.  Therefore we have formed a collaborative partnership with Brailes C of E Primary School, with Brailes retaining a separate governing body and receiving support from the Diocese and Local Authority.   Brailes, Shipston and Acorns will be led by Christian Hilton as Executive Headteacher, who will work across all three schools. Mr. Hilton will be based at Shipston three days a week, and one day a week each at Long Compton and Brailes.

While Mr. Hilton will spend half a day less at Shipston and Acorns, each school will have a dedicated Associate Headteacher. For Shipston Primary this will be Mr. Roberts, for Acorns Mrs. Young and for Brailes Mrs. Childs will be seconded for the initial two year period. Brailes will reimburse Shipston and Acorns for Mr. Hilton’s and Mrs. Childs’ time.  

Each school will continue to retain its own separate identity, uniform and admissions policy. However, behind the scenes we will all work towards the common goal of raising standards together, and as we share expertise, leadership and resources we hope you will notice a difference for the better.