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Trust heads named as among country's best

Published on 03/08/17

Two Inspiration Trust headteachers have been recognised as among the country's best by the profession's governing body.

Geoff Baker, principal at Cromer Academy, and Claire Heald, principal at Jane Austen College in Norwich, have been declared National Leaders of Education by the National College for Teaching and Leadership.

The designation recognises their skills as teachers and leaders and as people who can lend their expertise to nearby schools that need help.

As part of the award, their schools also become National Support Schools in recognition of their strong track records of high pupil progress and performance.

Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership Roger Pope said: “I’d like to congratulate Claire and Geoff and their academies on being appointed as a national leaders of education and national support schools. They should be very proud of this achievement. 

“National leaders of education are at the heart of school improvement. They’re supporting other schools and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work.“

Jane Austen College is one of the most over-subscribed schools in the county at Year 7 and its sixth form students recorded the best A Level results of any Norfolk state school last year.

Cromer Academy was recently rated as Good overall by Ofsted, with Outstanding grades for personal development, behaviour, and welfare; and for leadership and management. It is in the top 10 schools in Norfolk for attainment at GCSE.

Trust chief executive Dame Rachel de Souza said: "This is a fantastic achievement by Claire and Geoff, supported by the staff in their schools.

"These new designations add to our National Teaching School at Hethersett Academy, and are an important part of our work to improve education for young people not just in our own schools but more widely across the region."