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STSA_colour.pngSalesian School has been approved to become a Teaching School, part of a national programme to train and develop teachers and school leaders, and lead school improvement in their areas through school-so-school support.

Salesian was one of only 200 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest designation round. This new role recognises the school's outstanding Ofsted judgement last September, and also our strong track record in delivering initial teacher training, professional and leadership development for existing staff, of ITT, CPD, school-to-school support and research and development. Recent successes have included:

  • Leadership school-to-school support of Jubilee High School in Addlestone brought about rapid improvement, with Ofsted crediting "inspirational and highly ambitious senior leadership" for transforming the school (2012).
  • In partnership with Epsom and Ewell High School and UTeach, Salesian runs 'Teach England', a successful induction programme that will support around 100 Irish and Canadian trainee teachers wishing to working in the UK this year.
  • In September 2013, Ofsted awarded the school 'Outstanding' scores in all four inspection categories.
  • In March 2014, the National Autistic Society and Surrey County Council confirmed plans to build a new specialist centre for students with autism at the school, to open in 2015, citing the school's supportive and inclusive ethos as one of the reasons for building it here.

Salesian School will now work with a number of strategic partner schools in the secondary and primary sectors in both the local area and the wider diocese of Catholic Schools. Welcoming the decision, Headteacher James Kibble said:

As the leadership of education – and the training of teachers – become more devolved and localised, the role of strong local alliances of schools with a vision of what teaching and learning should be will become ever more important. We're delighted to be a central part of that process: the opportunity to share and spread the experience and expertise that we and our partner schools have been building can only enrich the experience of the children and teachers in every school involved, including our own.

Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said:

Salesian 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 schools. There are now more than 500 designated teaching schools around the country with more to follow. In an increasingly school-led system, they are leading the way in training new teachers and helping existing teachers develop their skills - ensuring we'll have the best people teaching our children for generations to come

 

If you would like to take advantage of the new services we will be offering as a Teaching School, please contact Deborah James, Director of the Salesian TSA: djames@salesian.surrey.sch.uk

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