A primary school has been selected to spread its expertise around and help improve other schools in the area.
Bourne Abbey Primary Academy has this week been chosen to become a national teaching school.
Teaching schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support.
Bourne Abbey was one of only 60 schools in England to be granted teaching school status in the latest round.
Executive headteacher Cherry Edwards said: “We are delighted that Bourne Abbey has been awarded teaching school status.
“Our school has been recognised for many years as outward-looking and is recognised nationally and locally for the support it provides to other schools. However, this is a much broader opportunity for Bourne Abbey and the schools, academies, colleges and universities in our area to work together to provide outstanding training and professional development for teachers and leaders at whatever stage they are in their career and in so doing to ensure that our young people now and in the future are assured an outstanding quality of education.”
The teaching schools scheme was introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated by Ofsted 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 school-to-school support, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.
The National College for Teaching and Leadership has responsibility, in partnership with headteachers from the Teaching Schools Council, for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme.
Chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership Charlie Taylor said: “Bourne Abbey should be very proud of this achievement. The school has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its area, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.
“There are now 600 Teaching Schools around the country with more to follow. They are at the heart of an increasingly school-led system, leading the way in improving the quality of our teachers and helping the schools in their partnership to become even better.”