Prestigious status awarded to primary school in North Wembley

BCPS is one of only 200 schools in England to be granted teaching school status. Teachers: Trudi Moo

BCPS is one of only 200 schools in England to be granted teaching school status. Teachers: Trudi Mooteealoo, Amita Samani, Martine Clark (headteacher), Veronica Glenn (pic credit: Jan Nevill) - Credit: Archant

A primary school in North Wembley will help in developing a generation of educated youngsters after being awarded a prestigious status.

Byron Court Primary School (BCPS) in Spencer Road, has been given a ‘teaching school’ status by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) in recognition of their outstanding educational practices.

BCPS was one of only 200 schools in England to be given the accollade in the latest designation round.

Martine Clark, headteacher of the school, said: “We are delighted to have received this designation, thanks to the support of our strategic partners, and we are looking forward to the exciting opportunities this will bring to Brent staff, pupils and community.”

The primary school will now lead the Brent Teaching School Alliance, which aims to raise the standard of education in the borough.

The school will partner with Claremont High School, Sudbury Primary, Mount Stewart Junior, Oliver Goldsmith and Wembley Learning Zone in a bid to achieve the aim to make all schools in Brent ‘good’ or better in Ofsted ratings by 2017.

Woodfield Teaching School Alliance in Kingsbury, is the only other school in the borough which has been granted the designation – but with a specific focus on special needs schools.

Teaching schools are a key government initiative which began in 2011 to move towards more school-centred training and development.

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The Education Secretary Michael Gove has said he would like 500 schools of this kind in the UK.

So far there are around 360 nationally.

Cllr Michael Pavey, lead member for children and families at Brent Council, said:

“Byron Court is a superb school. We are absolutely delighted that they will be able to share their expertise through this fantastic new role.

“We’ll be working hard to ensure that every school in Brent benefits.”

Charlie Taylor, the Chief Executive of NCTL, said: “Byron Court Primary School should be very proud of their teaching school status. It recognises the school’s outstanding performance and its track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.”