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Dawlish, Newport, Oakhill and Thorpe Hall Primary Schools work together in a partnership known as Opossum Federation. The four schools are all located in London Borough of Waltham Forest. Opossum schools are inclusive, recognising and celebrating all abilities and encouraging independent thinking. Staff support each other and work well in partnership to ensure all the pupils in our community receive the best education possible. Newport (June 2013) and Oakhill (October 2013) was recognised as an Outstanding School.  Dawlish is currently graded as Good (February 2018) and Thorpe Hall was also acknowledged as Good in July 2017.


The federation benefits from closely located schools with Newport and Dawlish in the south of the borough, a short walk apart and Thorpe Hall and Oakhill a short distance apart from each other in the north of the borough. This offers many opportunities for joint working and shared learning experiences for the children from neighbouring schools.


The Opossum Federation website can be found at