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Knottingley school’s top accolade

Vale Primary Academy, Knottingley, gets National Teaching School status, one of only two in West Yorkshire.
Back row L to R) Co-principle Linda Maskill, Co-Principle John Parkin, Vice Principle Penny Plumpton, Vice Principle Caroline Johnson.
Pictured with members of the school council: Middle row L to R) James Mitchell, Grace Watson, Millie Charles.
Front row L to R) Ibrahim Alalusi, Jasmin Hammond, Jack Landale.
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Vale Primary Academy, Knottingley, gets National Teaching School status, one of only two in West Yorkshire. Back row L to R) Co-principle Linda Maskill, Co-Principle John Parkin, Vice Principle Penny Plumpton, Vice Principle Caroline Johnson. Pictured with members of the school council: Middle row L to R) James Mitchell, Grace Watson, Millie Charles. Front row L to R) Ibrahim Alalusi, Jasmin Hammond, Jack Landale. p326a422

Staff and students at Knottingley Vale Primary Academy are celebrating after the school was named as a national teaching school.

The academy, on Ferrybridge Road, has been selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) to train teachers from across the country.

The recognition follows the school’s last two outstanding Ofsted inspections and it is one of only 200 in the country to be granted teaching school status.

Linda Maskill, co-principal, said: “It means so much to us. As a school it is reward and recognition of the outstanding team we have here.

“It is the highest accolade a school can achieve and, although the work will be a challenge, it will bring further professional development to our teachers.”

Mrs Maskill has been at the school for around 25 years and said she was pleased to be recognised for her effort.

She runs the school with co-principal John Parkin.

Mrs Maskill added: “We are coming towards the end of our careers and it’s an accolade for the work we have put in for a long time.

“This will also have a knock on effect on the children because we’ll have teachers coming in from other schools so it will keep us at the cutting edge of education.”

Mr Parkin said he was proud of the staff and teachers at the school.

He said: “To be a teaching school you have to be judged as outstanding by Ofsted inspectors and in the top eight per cent of schools in the country so this really is a massive achievement for a primary school in Knottingley.”

Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the NCTL, said: “The Vale Academy should be very proud of its teaching school status.

“It recognises the school’s outstanding performance and its track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.

“In an increasingly school-led system, they are leading the way in training new teachers and helping existing teachers develop their skills - ensuring we’ll have the best people teaching our children for generations to come.”

 

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