CCfL is Changing: Announcing the new H3 Federation
Heath School and Harmood School are proud to be founding partners in the new H3 Federation.
We are proud to announce that Heath School and Harmood School, which were jointly known as CCfL, are now part of the H3 Federation with Haverstock School.
The creation of the federation follows a very successful year of the three schools working closely together, and a wide consultation with students, families, staff and public. Our three schools will share a governing body and Executive Headteacher, and will benefit from combining expertise, ideas and opportunities. Each school will retain its own special character, its own budget and its own head of school.
As part of the change, the two schools which previously comprised CCfL (Camden Centre for Learning) are renamed Heath School and Harmood School.
H3 Federation Chair of Governors, Alison Lowton says, “This is a great move that will really widen access to services for all our children. Working closely together as a federation, we can offer opportunities beyond those which one single school can provide. Our new 16+ Level 1 programmes in Business and Construction are a fantastic example: the 3 schools worked closely to design a programme that offers the best of each school – pooling our specialisms in wraparound care and individual mentoring with tailor-made work experience and the very best teaching. It’s just one example of how the partnership is already helping to support all our pupils and their families.”
H3 Federation Vice-Chair of Governors, Janet Grauberg says, “The federation will make it easier to find a school place that fits the needs of students who, for whatever reason, are not getting on in a mainstream Camden school. By having Harmood special school, Heath School pupil referral unit, and specialist provision within Haverstock School under one governance and leadership team, we make it more likely to find the right place for every student to re-engage in education and learn the skills they need for work and life.”
Executive Headteacher James Hadley explains, “The single CCfL label which applied to both schools caused unnecessary confusion for the public, for parents and students, with some reporting that they didn’t understand the difference between the two schools. In addition, our community told us they didn’t like the CCfL name. Students, in particular, feel strongly about wanting to attend a school rather than a ‘centre' or ‘unit’. Now with their clear new names and identities, it’s much simpler to explain what’s excellent about each of the schools within our H3 family.”
Councillor Marcus Boyland, Camden Council's Cabinet Member for Best Start for Children and Families, says "We welcome this announcement. It's in line with Camden’s education strategy, Building Back Stronger, which encourages closer joint working between our schools in order to provide the best possible education for their students."
And Executive Headteacher James Hadley sums it up: “Our schools are made much stronger by working together as a collaborative family, retaining all the best elements of their independence while benefitting from each others' strengths. I'm very much looking forward to leading Haverstock, Heath and Harmood Schools on the next exciting stage of this journey as we power up with the H3 Federation.”