The information here pertains to the way that both St Mary’s RC Primary in Levenshulme and St Cuthbert’s RC Primary in Withington currently work together. Those of you with children in Key Stage 2 and above will remember that in April 2017, the governors of St Cuthbert’s and the Diocese of Salford requested that I support St Cuthbert’s in an executive role, splitting my time between the two schools. The governors at St Mary’s agreed and this commenced at the end of April 2017.
When our two schools started working together in 2017 it was out of necessity; the leaders of one Catholic community reaching out to support another, to ensure that the children in both schools had a positive school experience, a broad curriculum, highly effective teaching, spiritual guidance, emotional support and a high quality environment for learning. Within two years, Ofsted inspected both schools. St Mary’s retained its ‘Good’ judgement and St Cuthbert’s secured a judgement of ‘Good’ for the first time in five years. Ofsted recognised that this partnership was both strong and beneficial to the two schools, professionally, financially and most importantly in terms of the positive impact on educational provision for the children.
Following this, the governors of both schools agreed to set up a joint committee to look at the possibility of a permanent arrangement for joint working. We opened up lots of questions as part of our discussions, mainly relating to our desire for the two schools to retain their unique identity, uniform, mission and status within their own Parish family. We looked at how other Catholic school Federations in the city had been set up and how they were working: Our Lady’s and Holy Name; St Edmund’s and St Patricks’. Both schools were very positive about how it was working for them. Noting and mentioning many of the same positives we had found over the last three and a half years.
In March this year, we were ready to open up a consultation process to parents / carers and staff regarding a formalised partnership that would be called a ‘Federation’ However, the global pandemic took hold, and we were advised not to move forward at that point.
In September 2020, the Diocese of Salford and Manchester Local Authority agreed that the governors of both schools could begin the consultation process.
On this page are two documents regarding the proposal by our governors to formally federate our two schools.
There is also a link to the powerpoint presentation which you can see with a voiceover.
Mrs McGuire - HeadTeacher