Morley Academy gains teaching status

Some of the trainee teachers at Morley Academy. The Academy has just gained teaching schools status and so will be taking on many more trainees in future. (d30031240)
Some of the trainee teachers at Morley Academy. The Academy has just gained teaching schools status and so will be taking on many more trainees in future. (d30031240)

A MORLEY school has become the first secondary in Leeds to be awarded teaching schools status.

The status, introduced by the government last year as part of its shake-up of education, will mean Morley Academy will be able to offer teacher training, shaping education across the whole area for years to come.

Chairman of Governors Terry Elliott said: “It’s big, big news for the school.”

“I would like to say how delighted I am and what a big step forward this will be for young people in the area.

“It will put us at the centre of all that is happening educationally in the coming years.”

The Morley Academy is one of only about 100 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the second wave, bringing the total so far to around 200.

More than 1,000 schools expressed an interest in the scheme and gaining a share of the £72m funding it would bring.

By 2014 there will be 500 schools selected by the National College for School Leadership, all of which must have been judged outstanding by Ofsted, have a high level of pupil performance and strong leadership.

Mr John Townsley, principal at Morley Academy, said: “We are incredibly proud to be chosen to become a national teaching school, the only secondary school in the city to be granted this very special status.”

Green Lane Academy, a primary in Garforth, has also been given teaching school status.

Staff from both schools will now be invited to the National College’s Learning and Conference Centre in Nottingham in April for a formal induction.

Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the National College, said: “Teaching schools like The Morley Academy need to be at the top of their game to take on this role - outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards through school-to-school support.

“We now have over 200 teaching schools around the country who are in a position to harness the finest teaching talent in the profession to drive school improvement in innovative ways, and bring real benefits to pupils and staff.”