Four ‘trailblazing’ schools have been awarded a prestigious accreditation to play a leading role in raising educational standards.
Barrow Primary, Westley Middle, Horringer Court Middle and County Upper Schools, which form the Bury St Edmunds all-through Academy Trust, have gained national Teaching School Status.
They will be one of the Department for Education’s new Training School Alliances to lead training and professional development of teachers across the four to 19 age range.
The Alliance, which will receive at least £70,000 for the initial start up, will also provide school to school support and train future teachers across the different phases.
Led by Barrow Primary, the Alliance is one of only two designated Teaching Schools in Suffolk and the only one in the Western area.
Alison Earl, head at Barrow Primary, said: “It’s an exciting time for the Trust and our school. We submitted our application to the National College for School Leadership in the autumn and went through a rigorous inspection process involving all four schools before learning this week that we had been successful.”
Amanda Sands, four to 19 co-ordinator for the Trust, said the designation was ‘further national recognition for the all through model of education’.
Maggie Farrar, chief executive director at the National College, added: “These are the schools that are blazing the trail by harnessing the finest talent in the profession to drive school improvement in innovative ways and bring real benefits to pupils and staff. With some 350 Teaching Schools around the country we are well on our way to creating a self-improving school-led education system.”