Exford C of E First School is part of the soft-federation of the Exmoor Coast. We retain our own governing body, although one member of our governing body sits on the Exmoor Coast Federation board of governors and attends termly meetings.
This federation comprises of seven local first schools and one middle school:
This collaboration provides a number of benefits for the school which include: joint Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for all staff, coaching, cross school observations, leadership development and support, shared policy development, SENCo guidance, transition events, joint trips/visits, enrichment activities such as Musical events and sporting events which ultimately raise outcomes and improve standards for our children.
In the last academic year, we participated in a Y3 and a Y4 residential with St Dubricius, Cutcombe and Timberscombe First Schools. We participated in this year’s ECF Musical- Shrek- in March. In addition, a number of other planned activities were organised; Y4 Leavers Day at Wells, Sporting Events and the Somerset Music Festival with our ukulele players. These opportunities provided a greater range of experiences for our children and supported the development of friendships beyond our school. These links also improved our transition package.