Merton governors give green light to borough’s first federation of schools

In a landmark set of decisions made last week, governors at Singlegate and William Morris primary schools, in partnership with Merton Council, gave the green light to Merton’s first federation of two schools.

Following a detailed consultation with children, parents, governors and teaching staff at both schools, current head Nathalie Bull of Singlegate Primary School – rated Outstanding by Ofsted – will become executive head teacher of both Singlegate and William Morris Primary Schools from 1 September 2011.

The two schools are set to benefit from Nathalie Bull’s recognised strong management and leadership, as they look to a future of improving educational standards for all 450-plus children. Over the coming years, William Morris Primary School pupils will enjoy the tried and tested education practices which have contributed to Singlegate Primary School’s success, such as forging strong links between the school and children’s families as well as providing positive and ambitious leadership for staff and children alike.

Although the schools will be led by one head teacher and one federated governing body, both Singlegate and William Morris Primary Schools will continue to have their own separate identity, character and budgets. Merton Council will continue to determine admissions to each school.

Under the new agreement, both schools are set to benefit from each other’s individual learning environments. Singlegate will gain from William Morris’ strength in music and its skills in ensuring children in most need develop alongside their peers. William Morris Primary School will be in a good position to achieve greater educational success in the future, benefiting from the strong leadership and powerful parent-school partnership which has been the backbone to Singlegate Primary School’s success.

Merton Council cabinet member for education Councillor Peter Walker said: “These are exciting times for both Singlegate and William Morris as the strengths of both schools will come together to make both learning environments stronger. This new federation will ensure all the children at both schools are provided with an excellent primary education to motivate and prepare them for their future secondary education and, looking to the long-term, their chosen career paths beyond school.”

Head teacher of Singlegate Primary School Nathalie Bull said: “This is the start of innovative partnership working that will enrich learning for all the children, staff and the wider communities.”

Chair of Governors at Singlegate Primary School Katy Willison said: “These are exciting times for both Singlegate and William Morris. We believe the federation offers a sustainable and innovative way forward to delivering strong leadership and the best possible education for children at both schools.’

Chair of Governors at William Morris Primary School Chris Young said: “This is the start of a new era for both schools – a thrilling opportunity.”