National accolade for Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough to help improve other schools

Victoria Bishop of Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough
Victoria Bishop of Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough

Sir Christopher Hatton Academy in Wellingborough has been successful in becoming a national teaching school and national support school.

It is only the third school in the county to have both titles, with headteacher Victoria Bishop being designated a national leader of education.

Teaching schools are outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff.

They are part of the Government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

A spokesman for the school said: “This news will ensure recruitment and retention of the best staff across the academy and trust which benefits all our students.

“Sir Christopher Hatton Academy becomes the third secondary school within the county to have both designations.

“This designation follows on from the academy being graded outstanding by Ofsted in January 2015 and also the only school in the UK to be awarded gold status by Stonewall for its work on tackling anti-bullying.”

Following the announcement, Mrs Bishop thanked all the staff and students for their hard work and continued support.

The Government’s aim is to have a network of 600 teaching schools making significant improvements in the quality of teaching, leadership and pupil attainment by March 2016.

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