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Last Updated: Wednesday, 1 June, 2005, 19:04 GMT 20:04 UK
Schools merger creates federation
Teachers have welcomed the creation of Cumbria's first schools federation.

Two schools in the Furness area of the county are to pool their expertise and resources to create the federation.

From September, Croftlands Junior School in Ulverston and Newton Primary School in Barrow will be renamed Furness Federation.

The two schools will share a single governing body and head teacher in order to reduce management costs at each school.

Each school will retain its own budget, with both contributing to a joint budget to cover shared costs.

Staff will still be employed at the separate schools, although officials say there will be opportunities for exchange to widen experience and skills.

'Different strengths'

Cumbria county councillor Philip Chappelhow, cabinet spokesman for children's services, said: "Each school will retain their independence and individuality whilst benefiting from sharing resources and expertise. "Both these schools have many different strengths that each can benefit from.

"We hope that combining these strengths will help pupils achieve higher standards across the curriculum."

Jackie Dower, who will become head teacher of both schools, said: "It is a privilege to be working with Croftlands and Newton in this exciting, new development.

"The opportunities provided by the federation will enable both schools to work closely together and build on their existing strengths.

"By improving the educational opportunities for our children, we will be able to raise standards, and help them move forward into the future with confidence and success."

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