FORT  Federation

 "Living, loving and learning forever: 
 becoming the best as we journey together"

Welcome to the Fort Federation

We are a close-knit federation of two schools, nestled on the edge of the Blackdown hills. The schools lie in two valleys in the southern shadow of the sleeping giant, FORT Hembury
We work together to ensure the highest educational standards and extra-curricular opportunities to give all of our children the very best opportunities in life.
At the heart of everything we do are the children. The seven years they spend with us is an extremely precious time of enormous growth and change. We seek to make every opportunity a learning experience and squeeze the best out of each and every day.
Although learning is our core purpose, so is laughter, friendship, challenge, exploration and collaboration. The aim of this website is to give you the general ethos of the Federation, its broad educational philosophy and to provide you with useful information.

Both individual schools websites can be accessed from menu bar and we hope that you find the information you are looking for. If not please call either school and we will be able to answer your questions.
Best wishes,
Mrs Hammett. Executive Headteacher

Our Vision and Values

The Lord is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer: My God, my strength, in whom I will trust: Samuel 2.22 

Our Vision 

Living, loving and learning forever: becoming the best as we journey together.
Jesus came to bring life in all its fullness and in the first miracle at Cana in Galilee Jesus showed that fullness means abundant and extra-ordinary, the finest, sparkling, the best it can be.John Ch 2Jesus came to bring life in all its fullness and in the first miracle at Cana in Galilee Jesus showed that fullness means abundant and extra-ordinary, the finest, sparkling, the best it can be. John Ch 2 
•To create an innovative curriculum that is creative, engaging and purposeful for all children set in a real-life context of Christ. 
•To ensure excellence permeates every aspect of school life 
•To develop resilient learners who take risks and learn from their mistakes 
•To ignite a lifelong thirst for learning.

Our core values are PARCH - See full Mission Statement
Perseverance, Acceptance, Respect, Caring and Honesty. 


These values are central to everything we do. Everyone seeks to embody these values and we celebrate people who have displayed them in Celebration Assembly on Fridays.

Our Mission 
We believe that the journey of becoming and the journey of knowing are one. Within our schools we seek to create inclusive, holistic environments based on Christian values linked to British shared values where all adults and children can flourish.   We want our pupils to ‘sparkle’ and to do this we aim to provide an intellectually challenging learning experience from which all pupils can flourish. We are devoted to raising pupil’s expectations and aspirations. Our aim is for each pupil to develop a deep interest in, and love for, learning. Pupils will be taught to apply this learning to the everyday world around them. Our ultimate goal is for pupils to become self-motivated, independent learners with a wide range of skills that will prove useful to them throughout their lives. Whilst engaged in this process we also want them to have fun: to enjoy their childhood.

Fort Hembury- a short film

The FORT Federation is made up of Awliscombe and Payhembury Church of England schools that came together in 2015. 
The schools lie in two valleys in the southern shadow of the sleeping giant, FORT Hembury.
FORT stands for Fostering friendship, One vision, Readiness to learn and Trusting in God. Our schools are only a few miles apart.