NETWORK OF EXCELLENCE
The Network of Excellence recognises schools that make a significant contribution to the teaching of Computing. In the case of Prince Henry’s this was awarded for our long term support for the subject, the fact that our Computing teachers are specialists in the subject area and for our support of other schools in their development and delivery of Computing.
INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL AWARD
Awarded by the British Council, the International School Award seeks to celebrate, develop, recognise and accredit outstanding practice in the international dimensions of teaching and learning. Fostering an international dimension in the curriculum is at the heart of the award, so that young people gain the cultural understanding and skills they need to live and work as global citizens.
SCHOOL GAMES GOLD KITEMARK
The School Games Mark is a government led awards scheme launched in 2012 to reward schools for their commitment to the development of competition across their school and into the community. Participating in this process allows schools to evaluate their PE provision and assists them in developing an action plan for future progress. Prince Henry’s held the Gold Award for 5 consecutive years from 2012 and, in 2017, became one of the first schools in the country to be awarded the new Platinum Mark.
Career Mark is a nationally recognised qualification that assesses the quality of Career Education, Information, Advice and Guidance. It is rigorous in its evaluation of the careers help that is given in school with an external inspection into the management and curriculum on offer, together with an assessment of the outcome for the students in their destination and knowledge of career planning. The award lasts for two years before re-inspection which ensures the quality of the mark is maintained.
Prince Henry’s was awarded National Teaching School Status in May 2014. Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.
Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated as “outstanding” and mark a shift towards school-centred training. They work with partner schools in an alliance, including at least one university, to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.
NATIONAL SUPPORT SCHOOL
Dr Evans was appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE) in May 2016. NLEs along with staff in their school – designated a National Support School – use their success and professionalism to provide additional leadership capability in other schools.
NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support, or to those in transition to academy status. The type of support provided is flexible and can sometimes involve NLEs becoming an executive headteacher. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.