Update -  February 2020

Bromstone Primary School and St Mildred’s Primary Infant School recently undertook a second consultation process with regards to forming a Federation between the two schools. Following this consultation process, on 10 February 2020 the school’s Governing Bodies independently approved the formation of this Federation. The incorporation date will be 24 February 2020. A new, single governing body across both schools will be created for 24 February 2020.


Update - December 2019

  • Bromstone and St Mildred’s recently conducted a consultation process with regards to forming a Federation between Bromstone Primary School and St Mildred’s Primary Infant School. Following this consultation period, the governing bodies at each school have discussed and agreed that an increase in the size of the Federation Governing Body from 12 Governors to 15 would be beneficial to ensure the best outcome for both schools. In order to achieve this a further consultation process is required. They are therefore repeating the process and the new consultation document with a revised timeline is attached below.

The second consultation will begin 16 December 2019 and finish on 27 January 2020. The consultation document, which includes the response form, is available in the document section below and also on the Bromstone and St Mildred’s schools websites.



Original Text


Bromstone Primary School Broadstairs with St. Mildred’s Primary Infant School Broadstairs

The Governing Bodies of Bromstone Primary School and St. Mildred’s Primary Infant School propose the federation of their schools from January 2020.

The governing bodies have met and agreed in principle to a federation, subject to consultation.

A federation is a formal agreement between two or more schools to work together under a single governing body to raise standards, promote inclusion, find new ways of approaching teaching and learning and building capacity between the schools in a coherent manner.

The schools have worked in collaboration for many years, initially as part of the Great Expectations Learning Alliance alongside Garlinge Primary School and Nursery in Margate. Since 2014, Bromstone Primary School and St. Mildred’s Primary Infant School have worked together, under the Executive Headship of Mrs Sue Collins, initially to support Bromstone who did not have a substantive Head in place. Since that time both schools have gone from strength to strength with Ofsted Judgments of Good and Outstanding.

Benefits of the Partnership

The greatest benefit of formalising the agreement between the two schools is that it allows for continuity and the embedment of a successful governance structure.

Significant benefits are:

  • Each school continues to retain its individual identity whilst having the security of belonging to a successful federation and co-operative trust. (Thanet Endeavour Learning Trust). They also continue to be Local Authority schools.
  • Federation will facilitate the longer term strategic planning for both schools and attract teachers and leaders through enhanced career opportunities.
  • Working together will help support the drive for further efficiency and better value for money, enabling more time and resources to be dedicated to the core business of teaching and learning.
  • The opportunity to meet, interact and learn with children from other schools at special events.
  • A wider range of enrichment activities developed by the federation. Current examples of activities across the federated schools include: extra-curricular clubs, sporting events, musical events and Forest School.
  • Site specific resources can be accessed by groups of children to enhance learning experiences.
  • The communities can learn from each other through shared training events for parents and carers.
  • Enhanced learning opportunities through partnership working for all staff teams.
  • Access to professional development offered across the federation for all staff groups.
  • Excellent induction and training for teachers through the quality assured training programmes provided by the federation.
  • Support from education specialists for pupils, staff and parents.
  • Career pathways within the federation, leading to the retention of high quality staff.
  • No changes to terms and conditions of employment; all staff remain employees of the Governing Body.
  • Governing Body
  • A single, newly appointed Governing Body will be responsible for both schools.
  • The Governing Body will comprise of 12 Governors. The membership of the Governing Body will reflect current statutory guidance on the constitution of Governing Bodies as follows:
  • 2 Parent Governors
  • 1 Staff Governor
  • 1 Local Authority Governor
  • The Executive Headteacher
  • 7 Foundation or Co-opted Governors
  • The Governing Body will set up local area committees to deal with school-specific matters. These committees will operate under a terms of reference and will be accountable to the Governing Body.


Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please return a response form by 4pm on Friday 8th November 2019, by handing it in at either school office addressed to the Clerk to the Governors or emailing your views to school.consultations@kent.gov.uk

An information drop-in session will be held at St Mildred’s Primary Infants on Wednesday the 6th November 2019 at 6pm or at Bromstone Primary School on Thursday 7th November at 6pm.





  • Opened
    16 Dec 2019 at 09:00
  • Closed
    27 Jan 2020 at 16:00


Consulting Organisation Type
  • School, college or university
Consulting Organisation Name Kent County Council
District / Borough areas affected by the consultation
  • Thanet
Consultation Topic
  • Schools, education and learning
Consultation Methods
  • Open responses (e.g. letters and email)
  • Public meeting
Contact Details