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The Federation


In September 2009, after a period of consultation, a Federation was formed between John Hampden Primary School & Tetsworth Primary School.

What is a Federation?

Federations are groups of two or more schools with a joint governing body. Each of the schools retains their separate individual identity but their individual governing bodies are dissolved and a new joint instrument of governance establishes a single federated governing body in their place. All maintained schools may establish joint governing bodies. This arrangement is termed a 'hard' governance federation by the DfE because of the formal commitments that are established.


Excellence and opportunity – The John Hampden and Tetsworth Schools Federation


Our federated schools remain separate in funding terms and each have their own “head of teaching and learning”.  Mr Paul Hankey acts as the “executive head” across both schools as well as the “head of teaching and learning” for John Hampden Primary School – utilising his huge wealth of experience to promote the highest levels of education across the board and Mrs Alison Charlton as “head of teaching and learning” for Tetsworth.  The governing body has become “one”, allowing parents and staff from three schools to become governors and make strategic decisions that influence and help all the schools.


Our vision is for The Federation to offer an even better learning environment for pupils and students who attend John Hampden School and Tetsworth School, and for the local community who use the facilities and sites. Both John Hampden and Tetsworth have excellent facilities and since the large capital investment at Tetsworth, both schools are now well equipped for the educational challenges going forwards.


Federation is becoming more common countrywide and is the next positive step to being at the forefront of education.

Since the launch of the Federation in September 2009, the children and staff across all schools have benefitted from greater interaction with their peers, joint events and combined learning activities.


Our Federated Structure




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