An outstanding school in Sheffield has been chosen to help train the next generation of teachers.
St Thomas of Canterbury School, a Catholic academy in Meadowhead, has been chosen as one of only 61 schools in England to become a National Teaching School in the latest round of selections.
Teaching schools are rated as outstanding, and work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career. They work to 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 headteachers.
Andrew Truby, headteacher and a National Leader of Education, said: “I am passionate about children’s learning and improving lives and this primary-led teaching school is going to play a major part in improving education both in Sheffield local authority and across the Diocese of Hallam.
“As a National Support School, St Thomas of Canterbury is committed to providing high quality support to schools so that every child has access to a great school.
“An exciting aspect of our work will be working with our strategic partners to train the outstanding teachers of the future.”
Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “St Thomas of Canterbury School should be very proud of this achievement.
“ The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its area, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.”