National awards for Wakefield schools

Wakefield City Academy has won 'teaching schools status', and headteacher Alan Yellop has won a special award for being the best headteacher.'With co-headteachers Marie Hunter and Suzanne Austwick
Wakefield City Academy has won 'teaching schools status', and headteacher Alan Yellop has won a special award for being the best headteacher.'With co-headteachers Marie Hunter and Suzanne Austwick
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CITY schools will lead the way on teaching after being selected to help raise national standards.

Wakefield City Academy has become one of 100 schools in the UK to be granted teaching school status by the National College for School Leadership this week.

It gives the school the opportunity to lead a group of schools, working with partners including universities, to deliver high quality support for teachers and leaders.

Crofton Academy was also given national support school status after headteacher Jez Horsley became one of 70 to be offered the role of National Leader of Education (NLE).

Mr Horsley said it was a good opportunity for the schools to work together to improve standards.

City Academy headteacher Alan Yellup also won a Lilac Sky outstanding headteacher award.

And the school won a Specialist Schools and Academies Trust (SSAT) award for being in the top 10 per cent nationally for students achieving at least five GCSEs at grades A to C.

Mr Yellup said: “Teaching school status is a real feather in the cap for the school and we will do our utmost to form a powerful alliance of high performing schools, universities, local authority and education practitioners to benefit the education of children in the area.

“I am really proud of our students for achieving so highly and also for the personal award I was given, particularly as I was rewarded for integrity.

“I believe that if you trust and respect people you get something back. We’re a city school, not in a leafy suburb, so we are delighted with how the children are performing here. This is thanks to the dedication and skills of the teachers but also the children who know that if they really put their minds to it they can do it.”