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The Beacon Federation is part of the soft-federation of the Exmoor Coast. We retain our own governing body, although one member of our governing body sits on the Exmoor Coast Federation board of governors and attends termly meetings.  This federation comprises of seven local first schools anad one middle school.


  • Cutcombe C of E First School
  • Dunster First School
  • Exford C of E First School
  • Minehead First School
  • Minehead Middle School
  • St Michael's C of E First School
  • St Dubricius C of E First School
  • Timberscombe C of E First School
  • Knights Templar (CLP member 2016 - 2017)

This collaboration provides a number of benefits for the school which include: joint Continuing Professional Development (CPD) opportunities for all staff, coaching, cross school observations, leadership development and support, shared policy development, SENCo guidance, transition events, joint trips/visits, enrichment activities such as Musical events and sporting events which ultimately raise outcomes and improve standards for our children.



Joint activities with the ECF

Year 3 Residential trip to Bristol with St Dubricius and Exford First Schools
Year 4 Residential trip to Pinkery with St Dubricious and Exford First Schools
Year 4 Orienteering at Dunster with all the Federated First Schools
ECF Musical at Minehead Middle School - this year The Jungle Book
Year 4 Leavers' Day at Wells
Sporting events - Friday Football, Friday Catchball, Area Sports, Athletics Festival, Cricket and Country Dancing.
These opportunities provide a greater range of experiences for our children and support the development of friendships beyond our school. These links also assist with transition at the end of Year 4.