Update - November 2019

Following the consultation period and after due consideration from both Governing Bodies of Garlinge Primary School and Nursery and Parkside Community Primary School, they have both agreed to a federation of the two schools as from 6th January 2020.



Original Text

The governors of Garlinge Primary School and Nursery and Parkside Community Primary School have been approached by the Local Authority to consider forming a federation of the two schools under the terms of the School Governance (Federations)(England) Regulations 2012 as from 6th 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.

As Executive Headteacher, Mr Williams will lead both schools with either a Head of School or Deputy Headteachers on each site. Staff will remain with the school to which they have been appointed although there is an expectation that there will be close cooperation in curriculum, training and policies.

Each school will retain its own separate identity in respect of uniform, budgets, admissions, performance tables and inspection by Ofsted. Garlinge will continue to be a Foundation School and part of the Thanet Endeavour Learning Trust while Parkside will continue to be a community primary school within the Canterbury district. Each school will continue to operate on its own site.

Federation will provide:

  • A shared sense of identities and common purpose
  • The sharing of staff expertise and resources to enrich the opportunities of pupils
  • The delivery of an enriched curriculum that is broader and richer than any single school to meet the diverse range of learning needs
  • Leadership development allowing the Executive Headteacher more time to focus on strategic issues and develop senior leadership teams to provide leaders for the future
  • Possible economies of scale through joint purchasing of goods and contracting services
  • A cohesive leadership across all levels of the schools


Name : the proposed name of the federation will be "The Garlinge and Parkside Primary Schools and Nurseries Federation"

Governing Body

A single governing body will be created to govern both schools. It is proposed that the Governing Body will be composed of 15 members; three parents elected by the joint parent body, one staff governor elected by the joint staff, the Executive Headteacher, two foundation governors to represent Thanet Endeavour Learning Trust, a Local Authority governor and seven governors co-opted to represent the local communities, parents and staff. The Head of School and Deputy Headteachers may be invited to be Associate governors. It is anticipated that at least three of the governors should be from Parkside and that meetings will be held in both schools in rotation.


Kent County Council will continue to be the admissions authority for Parkside Community Primary School and the Governing Body will be the admissions authority for Garlinge Primary School and Nursery. The admissions policies of each school will remain the same.


Have your say

If you wish to comment on this proposal, please return a response form by midnight 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 Parkside on Tuesday the 8th October 2019 at 6pm or at Garlinge Primary School and Nursery on Thursday 10th October at 6pm.


  • Opened
    27 Sep 2019 at 09:00
  • Closed
    8 Nov 2019 at 23:59
  • Response Published
    27 Nov 2019


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