THE headteacher and staff at St Mary’s School, Menston have been selected for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.

Mr Darren Beardsley is one of more than 75 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education in the latest recruitment round.

National Leaders of Education, along with staff in their school – appointed as National Support Schools – use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership capability in other schools in need of support.

The type of support provided is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of each individual school. National Leaders of Education also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLE’s and national support schools.

Mr Beardsley said: “The appointment of National Leaders of Education and National Support Schools takes into account the performance of all aspects of the school and is therefore recognition for the whole school community. We already have experience of supporting other schools and we have found this to be beneficial for St Mary's, as well as the schools that we support. This accreditation builds on another set of strong examination results at St Mary's this summer and provides opportunities for further success in the future.”

The National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) has responsibility for the appointment of NLE’s and the quality of the NLE programme. There are now over 1,250 NLE’s across England.

Roger Pope, chairman of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL) said: “I would like to congratulate Mr Beardsley and St Mary’s School on being appointed as a national leader of education and National Support School. They should be very proud of this achievement.

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

Successful headteachers will be invited to attend a national induction event.