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School handed top national honour

Evesham Editorial 16th May, 2014 Updated: 20th Oct, 2016   0

STAFF and students at Prince Henry’s High School are celebrating after the school was selected to become a national teaching school.

The Victoria Avenue school was one of just 200 schools in England to be chosen for the prestigious honour by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL)

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated as ‘outstanding’ and mark a shift towards school-centred training.

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.

‘Teaching Schools’ take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.

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.

Prince Henry’s headteacher Dr Tony Evans, said: “We are delighted to have been successful in our application to become a National Teaching School.

“It is also a fantastic recognition of the excellent teaching and learning that occurs at Prince Henry’s each day.

“We are constantly striving to improve the outcomes of all our pupils, and as a National Teaching School we are planning to work even more closely with local schools to the benefit of pupils in South Worcestershire.

Charlie Taylor, NCTL chief executive said: “Prince Henry’s High School should be very proud of their Teaching School status.

“It recognises the school’s outstanding performance and its track record of raising standards through supporting other


Deputy headteacher Helen Wood will be leading the school’s efforts, visit for more information.

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