Outstanding school improves standards

The Grange School in Daventry is helping improve teaching skills across the local area.
The Grange School in Daventry is helping improve teaching skills across the local area.

A primary school in Daventry has become a National Teaching School and has been working to improve standards across the area.

The Grange School, alongside the Bliss Charity School in Nether Heyford and Hall Meadow Primary in Kettering, has set up the teaching school called Inspire.

Teaching schools work like teaching hospitals – taking a leading role in training new teachers, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.

The Grange School is one of only 60 in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round.

Teaching schools work with partner schools to ensure high quality school-led initial training for new teachers, and also professional development opportunities at all stages of their career.

They aim to raise standards through school-to-school support, engaging in research and development into classroom methods and ensuring that the most talented leaders are spotted and supported to become successful head teachers.

Gaynor Yates, the principal of The Grange School, said: “We are delighted to have launched Inspire Teaching School with our partner schools.

“We are committed to continue working in the local area to provide opportunities for teachers, and prospective teachers, to make a difference to young peoples’ lives.

“I believe that every child living Daventry and our wider area should have the opportunity to attend a great school; through Inspire, we intend to improve the quality of the education on offer for all of our young people and families.

“We have already been working closely with a number of schools in the Daventry area and this is set to continue.

“I know that this is making a massive difference to schools in the Daventry area and will continue to do so.”

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility, in partnership with the Department for Education, for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme.

Charlie Taylor, the chief executive of NCTL, said: “Teaching schools are at the heart of an increasingly school-led system, leading the way in improving the quality of our teachers and helping the schools in their partnership to become even better.

“Like teaching hospitals, they have become centres of excellence across the country, conducting research and training teachers.”