Portsmouth school wins bid for teaching status

Forest School Leaders Dawn White and Sue Evans with their pupils outside the school

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A SCHOOL in Portsmouth is one of only 100 in the country to win teaching school status.

The accreditation for Mary Rose Special School in Southsea means it will deliver high quality support for teachers at all stages in their career.

Headteacher Alison Beane said: ‘This is great news for us and for Portsmouth. Our application is centred around the development of a Portsmouth Teaching School Alliance with a strong commitment from mainstream schools and special schools from all phases as well as universities and training providers.

‘This is a wonderful opportunity to work together, share best practice and improve performance through an innovative and exciting approach to teacher training, school to school support and professional development.’

Julian Wooster, the city’s director for children services, added: ‘This is fantastic news and shows how outstanding Mary Rose School is.

‘Achieving this status will mean other schools and education across the city will now benefit from this.’

The award by the National College for School Leadership also entitles Mary Rose to lead training and professional development for staff.