Friday, 5 January 2007

Schools are amazing places... Last night I went to Morley High School to their Prize-giving and Presentation Evening. It was a wonderful evening and showed everyone there why the school is such a successful place… an outstanding place. Why? Simple... leadership, passion, commitment and rigour. Morley High School has had it’s best year ever. And it wasn’t simply the school’s best ever results, their highest ever levels of attendance and their very low levels of exclusions. And it wasn’t simply their achievements in the arts and sport. Morley High School became one of only around 30 organisations nationally to achieve Investors in People Champion Status… there are only four schools in the United Kingdom to have achieved this status. Morley High School had an OfSTED inspection which identified two outstanding aspects of a very special school… the innovative and very powerful curriculum and the remarkable leadership provided by John Townsley. Terry Elliott, the school’s Chair of Governors, said during the ceremony that he hoped I would be proud of what I saw… I am Terry, deeply proud of what has been achieved at Morley High School… it is an amazing place where outstanding professionals work with outstanding young people to achieve brilliant outcomes. We need to learn from what has been achieved at Morley High School. What are the characteristics of their success? What makes a school a brilliant learning place?

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