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Bingham school recognised for developing high-quality provision

Toot Hill School in Bingham has been recognised for its work delivering high-quality provision for its pupils.

The school – which is part of the Nova Education Trust – has been awarded the NACE Challenge Award for the fourth time and becomes the first school in the country to be granted ambassador status.

The ambassador status recognises the sustained excellence of schools accredited with the Challenge Award on three or more occasions, which have made significant contributions to NACE’s CPD, research and resource-sharing initiatives.

As more schools gain Challenge Ambassador School status, Toot Hill will become part of a network of similarly-minded school leaders across the UK and beyond, facilitating the exchange of effective practice, and supporting continued school improvement.

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NACE CEO, Rob Lightfoot, said: “Toot Hill School has worked consistently hard to maintain the Challenge Award for 11 years.

“It has continued to display a thorough commitment to developing a culture in which all learners are challenged and supported to reach their full potential.”

The NACE assessment outlined the “embedded whole-school commitment to teaching to the top”, which means high expectations of all learners in terms of the depth of learning they will achieve and the way they articulate their thinking.

Toot Hill’s More Able (MA) Lead, Michaela Middleton, said: “I am so pleased that NACE has recognised our hard work and drive to instil ambition, challenge and enriching experiences into our curriculum and beyond.

“Our whole school commitment to teaching to the top ensures that all of our students achieve their very best.

“I would like to thank all of the students and staff that were involved in this inspection and I am incredibly proud of all of the hard work and commitment we have shown this agenda over the last few years.”

Head Teacher, Chris Eardley, added: “Everyone should be very proud of their part in securing this award. The assessor’s feedback stated that the culture of the school was central to her decision and we all set the culture of this school.

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“Specific thanks go to all the teachers and students involved in the assessment. The fantastic lessons visited were truly representative of our MA provision on a day-to-day basis.

“Finally, I would like to thank Michaela (Middleton) and Hannah (Rothwell) for their leadership on the MA agenda over recent years to secure this status for our school and, more importantly, an exceptional learning experience for our MA students.

“They both impressed the assessor so much that they have been asked to become NACE associates. This will enable them to work with schools all over the country and return to Toot Hill with fresh ideas.”

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