More headteachers are honoured

David Kirk, executive head teacher at Ash Green School, Mixenden has become a National Leader in Education and the school has been designated a National Support School.'Pictured from left are Thomas Oddy, 10, Nora Alali, 10, Chloe Higgins, nine, David Kirk, Lachlan Armstrong, Mahmood Alali, nine and Courtney Morrell, eight years old

David Kirk, executive head teacher at Ash Green School, Mixenden has become a National Leader in Education and the school has been designated a National Support School.'Pictured from left are Thomas Oddy, 10, Nora Alali, 10, Chloe Higgins, nine, David Kirk, Lachlan Armstrong, Mahmood Alali, nine and Courtney Morrell, eight years old

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TWO more Halifax teachers have been named “super heads.”

David Kirk, the executive headteacher at Ash Green Community Primary School, Mixenden, has been chosen for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

The headteacher of Holy Trinity Primary School, Roger Bateman, has been made a National Leader of Education following an announcement that the school support scheme, run by the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children’s Services, will be expanded.

Earlier this month, it was announced that Lynda Johnson, of Siddal Primary had also become a National Leader of Education.

Only 100 heads have been appointed across the entire country.

Mr Kirk won the North England Head Teacher of the Year Award in 2006 and as well as Ash Green, he has strategic responsibility for Dean Field Primary, Ovenden.

“It is to the credit of all our staff, pupils, governors and the Mixenden community that Ash Green has been awarded this status,” said Mr Kirk.

“We are already working well with one school in our own local authority and have had many visits from headteachers from up and down the country since our inclusion in the 2009 Ofsted list of 20 outstanding schools excelling against the odds.”

National leaders are expected to use their success and professionalism, along with their staff – designated a National Support School - to provide additional leadership capability in struggling schools or those seeking federation or academy status.

Following an interim assessment, Ofsted has announced that Ash Green School, which was judged outstanding in 2007, will not have to undergo another inspection until January 2012 at the earliest because its performance has been sustained.

Mr Bateman said his appointment opened up opportunities.

“It is a very exciting opportunity for the whole community to share the outstanding practice in our school,” he said. “It will also be an opportunity to support schools in other areas of the country,” he said.

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