New Special School for Poole given green light to proceed

Proposals for a new special school for Poole have been given a green light by the Department for Education.

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The Harbour Special Free School, proposed by Delta Education Trust, which includes the Outstanding Quay School in Poole, submitted an application for the new school earlier in the year, and – along with seven others in the South West region – received confirmation that it has been approved to open from September next year.

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The proposed Special School will provide up to 60 places for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions and related Anxiety and Speech and Language needs. The school would serve children in Bournemouth, Poole and Dorset, and all three councils have identified a gap in provision in this area, with pupils having to travel long distances to schools out of the area.

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Jo Perry CEO of Delta Education Trust said:

“This is an exciting opportunity to create a special place to learn at the heart of our community where each child will be able to develop their individual skills and talents and flourish. This is just the beginning of our journey and there are many challenges to come. I would like to thank council officers, Quay School parents, staff and Governors who have provided unstinting support throughout the application process. A number of families have already come forward to support our proposals and we look forward to working with them and the local community as we move towards opening our gates for the first time.”

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Over the coming weeks, Delta Education Trust will announce where the school will be located and will be hosting public meetings for parents and residents interested in finding out more about the school.

The Quay School chosen to help train next generation of teachers

The Quay School, a Delta Education Trust Academy, has been selected to become a National Teaching School.

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Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession. They identify and develop leadership potential, provide support for other schools and work with schools across their alliance to raise standards of teaching. The Quay School is one of 54 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round.

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Introduced in 2011, Teaching Schools are all rated as “outstanding”. They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career. They raise standards through supporting other schools, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

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Jo Perry, CEO:

“This is a really positive development for Poole Schools. Our Harbour Teaching School Alliance includes Poole Grammar School, Parkstone Grammar School, The Purbeck School, St Edwards School, Corfe Hills School, The TEACH Trust Academies (Canford Heath Infant and Junior, Haymoor and Ad Astra), Poole SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) and Wessex Schools Training Partnership as strategic partners. Designation as a Teaching School Alliance provides us with the resources and opportunity to work together to raise standards in Poole.”

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The latest designation round takes the number of Teaching Schools to over 700. The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme.

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Roger Pope, Chair – National College for Teaching and Leadership:

 

“I’d like to congratulate The Quay School- they should be very proud of this achievement. Teaching schools have shown themselves to be at the heart of school improvement. They’re supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work.”

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More details about our teaching school will be published soon.