Samuel Ward Academy has been selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to become a national teaching school – an important role in raising standards.
Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.
Samuel Ward was one of only 200 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest designation round.
Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated by Ofsted as outstanding and mark a shift towards
They work with partner schools in an alliance, including at least one university, to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.
They raise standards through school-to-school support, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.
Howard Lay, Executive principal said: “This represents an exciting opportunity to effect local educational transformational change and to sustain the outstanding system already achieved. Haverhill will be on the national educational map.
“Samuel Ward will be at the centre of an educational movement involving ten primary schools in and around Haverhill, two special schools and three secondary schools in three geographical clusters: Haverhill, Great Cornard and Newmarket.”
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