Headteacher to help struggling schools

Sarah Moore, Orston school.
Sarah Moore, Orston school.
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A HEADTEACHER at a village primary school will be helping the nation’s failing schools after being named a National Leader of Education.

Orston Primary School headteacher Sarah Moore has been selected as an elite headteacher to help struggling schools. The title also means the school becomes a National Support School.

The type of support National Leaders of Education can offer other schools can involve becoming an acting or executive headteacher of schools they are helping.

Mrs Moore said: “I feel really proud and delighted for staff, children and parents. It’s quite a big thing, especially for such a small school.

“We have already been helping other primary schools in the Nottinghamshire area for the past two years but the National Leader is a step up. There are far fewer National Leaders in Notinghamshire and across the country.”

The new role will mean Mrs Moore will offer her help to others schools in the country, including visits to advise and support. She hopes the experience will also have a positive effect on her own school.

She said: “It’s about us supporting other schools but in us supporting them it will often give us lots of great ideas for our own school as well.

“I have said what the strengths of our school are and they will work to match us up with another school.”

The last Ofsted inspection rated Orston Primary School as “outstanding” - the highest grade possible.

Mrs Moore will head to the National College’s Learning and Conference Centre in Nottingham next month for formal training on driving forward school improvement.

Toby Salt, deputy chief executive of the National College, said: “It’s great that heads like Mrs Moore are looking beyond their own school gates to help more pupils get the best start in life.

“This scheme is about the best school leaders helping the rest and the results speak for themselves.”

Of all the school which came out of “special measures” in 2009/10, a quarter were supported by a National Leader of Education.

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