Southill Primary School

"A caring, family school"

The Federation

Derwent and Southill Schools formally joined in a hard federation on the 1st May 2019.  A hard federation is where two or more schools agree to work together on a formal basis through a single governing body.  However, each school remains as a separate school and retains:

  • their own names, individual character, status, ethos and results.
  • their own budget.
  • their own separate Ofsted inspections.


The benefits of the Federation for both Derwent and Southill are:

  • Economies of scale that can be reinvested in the schools.
  • Improving the service available to children such as free school meals.
  • Staff development through opportunities to lead subjects across two schools as well as reduce workload through shared planning.