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Interested in joining us? Look below to see how our Family of Schools works





Cadmus family of schools is a hard federation of schools with one governing body. The unique feature of Cadmus is its structure which enables schools to work collaboratively without surrendering their autonomy.  Joining our federation does not require a change of structure - nor is it an irreversible decision.


The federation is led by the Governing Board which is comprised of:  the Chair of Governors from each school, the Headteachers of each school and Governors invited to join due to their specific skill sets. The Chief Operating Officer is employed by the Board to support and develop the federation. We believe strongly in local governance and have a scheme of delegation to the Local Governing Boards, ensuring that school decisions are taken at a local level.


The purpose of our federation is to use our influential partnership and work together to achieve better outcomes for children in our schools through shared expertise, supported autonomy and the provision of specialised services. Our success to date is reflected in the Ofsted categories of our member schools, although we do not judge the effectiveness of schools purely by their Ofsted outcomes.


The family of schools provide an opportunity for schools who wish to maintain their autonomy and identity as individual establishments in the context of a cohesive group of like-minded schools. We aim to enable schools to secure their future and independence. Greater autonomy for schools should not, in our view, mean greater isolation.


As the educational landscape is changing at an unprecedented pace, leading in particular to a marked reduction in the role and capacity of local authorities, the family aims to provide a supportive and collaborative context in which our schools can continue to thrive into the future. We support schools in meeting the challenges of rising expectations through mutually supportive intervention and training.

If you are thinking of joining us or if you would like further information about our federation and how it works, come in for an informal chat contact Max Vlahakis at