School day

From The Headteacher

I am delighted to advise you that we have been selected to become a National Teaching School. Teaching schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession. They identify and develop leadership potential, provide support for other schools to bring about school improvement, and work with schools across their Teaching School Alliance to raise standards of teaching.

We are one of over 65 schools in England to be granted Teaching School status in the latest recruitment round.

Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are excellent schools that work with Partner Schools in an alliance to provide high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career. They raise standards through supporting other schools, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful Head Teachers.

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility, in partnership with Head Teachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the appointment of Teaching Schools and the quality of the teaching schools programme. There are now 750 Teaching Schools across England.

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “I’d like to congratulate St Albans Girls’ School – they should be very proud of this achievement. Teaching Schools are at the heart of school improvement. They’re supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work.”

It was great pleasure to once again welcome our Governing Body to the school for the annual Governor Day visit. The Day involves interaction with middle leaders, students, learning walks and book scan to review all aspects of life at the school.

Thank you to the parents who have offered support to the PTA, any further offers would be hugely appreciated. Please contact me directly .

Congratulations to all students so actively involved in County Athletics, especially to those who competed in the County Athletics Championships at Jarman Park. An extra congratulations to Fay Rose who came 3rd in the 200m, Orla Foley who came 3rd in the 800m and Antonia Jubb who came 2nd in 1500m. Keira Stern and Bethany Shaw both became County Champions in the 1500m and 100m respectively, with Bethany Shaw gaining a place to compete at English Schools.

A reminder that the PTA will be donning aprons and serving sausage sizzlers at Bunnings at the bottom of Hollywell Hill on Sunday and also I look forward to seeing you at the Sunday Fun day next week.

We wish all celebrating Eid this weekend enjoyable festivities.

With all good wishes.

Margaret Chapman