Published: 06/07/2008 00:00 - Updated: 20/02/2009 01:41

Leadership the key to top school's success

Written byBY LIZ O'REILLY

A school whose English results are among the top in the country has been awarded specialist status.

St Thomas More Catholic School has been recognised for its excellence in the areas of leadership and humanities following a two-day assessment programme in which a panel of regional advisors concluded the school is 'a thriving learning community' with 'exceptional' leadership.

Sixth formers are helping younger students in GreaseHeadteacher, Alan Lee, who has recently completed his doctorate in educational leadership said: "Leadership is key. We have driven up standards at St Thomas More over the last three years and are extremely fortunate that all our senior teachers are experienced and qualified." St Thomas More is preparing students now to lead tomorrow.

Humanities at St Thomas More has a reputation for innovative practice and excellence. English is the lead department where results in 2007 placed the school in the top two per cent nationally.

Teachers within the department have been used by consultants for the local authority to disseminate best practice to other schools.

The humanities area offers a compelling range of courses, including specialist literature, media and drama options. Students' work is regularly displayed locally and has won national awards, with articles being published in The Times newspaper.

At the moment, bringing leadership and humanities together, sixth form leaders are preparing younger students to perform drama scenes.
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