St John’s First School, Bishops Wood first school to build on great reputation by joining Penk Valley Federation.

Governors at St John’s CofE (C) First School in Bishops Wood have made the decision to join the Penk Valley Federation of Schools on 1 May 2017. This decision will help develop the already excellent teaching and learning practice of the school whilst providing robust and challenging leadership and management support.

The Penk Valley Federation was formed 12 months ago by Wolgarston High School, Penkridge Middle School, Marshbrook First School and Princefield First School. All schools in the federation are rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, two of which being awarded this status in the past year, and are all committed to taking collective responsibility for ensuring that every child and young person receives a truly excellent education from nursery right through to sixth form.

By joining the federation, pupils and teachers at St John’s will be able to benefit from shared teaching and learning expertise, particularly focussing on adopting ‘Visible Learning’, a proven style of education which has seen results rocket especially in the core subjects of Science, English and Maths.

St John’s will retain its own character, church values and staff whilst benefitting from an excellent partnership with like-minded schools to really help drive up academic achievement and enrichment opportunities.

Emma Challiner, Head Teacher at St John’s said, “This is fantastic news! By joining the Penk Valley Federation we become part of a bigger team of education experts, bringing together successful first schools and sharing fresh ideas and approaches. As a rural small school it is so important that we have strong links with other schools and this move will make those links so much stronger.”