Our Federation

The Blossom Federation (named in July 2022) has been working together in various forms since 2014. The London Borough of Hackney is very pro schools collaborating and have actively encouraged the bringing together of schools. Beginning with Sebright's partnership with Daubeney, then with Lauriston and the formulation of the Children's Centers, Robin Warren joined as Executive Head Teacher in January 2021. Blossom began a partnership with Colvestone Primary School in September 2022, bringing in a new Head of School from within the Federation and providing the support and growth needed to help the school flourish.

The idea of 'Blossom' provides a very visual picture of growth.

Our logo was designed by three siblings at one of our schools. It captures the beauty and simplicity of the blossom image, but makes it clear that being child centered, creative and individual is at our core.

When individuals blossom, they change, grow or become more confident, and when relationships blossom, they strengthen. This illustrates what we want for our children and families at our settings.

We think it is fair to say, Blossom has blossomed.

Each school and setting within the Federation is different. They have individual Heads of School and Senior Leadership Teams, and the community needs are all very diverse and relevant to that school. As a Federation, we do not apply a 'what a school should look like blue print', but bring key elements together into a cohesive vision and offer for the Hackney children and families we serve. What works for Daubeney may not work for Lauriston but an initiative at Daubeney may work everywhere. Look at our It Takes a Village offer. This was a platform which grew from one school and is now used across the Federation. Or our Blossom Phonics Program which is the collective work of several of our system leaders. And the Blossom Federation performance of Windrush 75 at the Hackney Empire in October 2023, saw the coming together of staff and performers from four schools!

The Federation shares an overall Governing Board, but alongside this, sits the local school committees who focus on the individual institutions. We look at strategic planning and the financial operations together. We share curriculum planning. We have similar staffing structures encouraging staff to collaborate to share work and workload and provide consistency for the children. We follow Federation policies and systems and there are certain protocols and traditions which are evident in each school.

But, what we are most proud of, is that we recognise each school's individuality and the stretch and creativity within the schools to follow what is right for the community they serve.

The Federation is led by Robin Warren. He is supported by the Heads of School and shared staff who work across the sites. For example, the Federation School Business Leader and Pastoral Care Manager who are key individuals in providing consistency.