The Village Federation came into being on the 1st September 2015 but has been built on strong foundations following a leadership collaboration between Carsington & Hopton C of E Primary School and Kirk Ireton C of E Primary School since November 2012.

Both schools were interested in a new model of leadership that was better suited to the current landscape of education and that best prepared the schools for the future, both financially and within a stable staffing structure. The governing bodies agreed that Kirk Ireton's headteacher would take on the role at both schools for a fixed period so that everyone would have a chance to review the success of the project before moving into a formal federation.

Following the many successes of the project and the outcome of Carsington & Hopton's 2014 Ofsted Inspection, it was agreed that the time was right to federate the two schools. The governing bodies met and agreed a proposal document, with the support of the Local Authority and the Diocesan Board of Education, which was published to all stakeholders.

There were no concerns raised whatsoever in the consultation period, which was a clear indication of how well the project had enhanced both schools up to that point, and so the final preparations were made to bring The Village Federation into being.