South Lakes Federation

The South Lakes Federation is a high performing partnership of secondary schools, a special school, Kendal College and the University of Cumbria.

Through working together and by pooling our collective expertise and resources, we are better able to meet the individual needs of all young people across the area.

We have a strong tradition of providing an excellent educational experience in each school, committed to the highest standards and the development of individual skills and talents. The outstanding quality of education, the opportunities for young people and the commitment to teacher education across the partnership has led to the South Lakes Federation becoming one of the first Teaching School federations in the country.

Our intention is that…

By working together we will enhance the educational experience of young people in the South Lakes and increase their achievements.

Our aims are…

  • To improve the experience and outcomes of all learners in South Lakes schools and the college.
  • To improve the experience and effectiveness of all staff leading and supporting learning.
  • To build a climate of trust and cooperation within which the quality of education can be enhanced.

Our work includes

  • School to school support and school improvement – as needs are identified through our peer review process: a combination of DQD, heads and SLEs or other colleagues from within our partnership.
  • Professional Development, Leadership Training & Succession Planning – a cross-area training day and subject networks in all subject areas. Work co-ordinated by our PD group.
  • Initial Teacher Training and NQT induction – in partnership with the University of Cumbria.
  • Curriculum Development – curriculum representatives from each school meet for at least one half day meeting a term.
  • Inclusion – Student Engagement and Pastoral Support as well as Inclusion Advocates who meet monthly to consider the needs and provision for those students most at risk.
  • Research & Development – Through our strong links with Lancaster University and the University of Cumbria.