College to become teaching school

Pauline Hagen, Principal of NEW College, Pontefract.
Pauline Hagen, Principal of NEW College, Pontefract.

Pontefract NEW College is to become a training school for aspiring teachers.

The Park Lane college has been chosen to be a National Teaching School – the first and only sixth form college in Yorkshire to be given that status.

It will now be able to help more local students become teachers.

Pauline Hagen, college principal, said: “I feel not only proud but privileged that we are designated as a teaching school, because this enables us to support system-wide improvements in teaching and learning.

“Our success in transforming outcomes for our students here at NEW College can now be directed towards a greater number of youngsters across the local area.”

NEW College achieved teaching school status following its outstanding Ofsted report last year.

The college will work closely with King’s School, Pontefract and Kettlethorpe High School, Wakefield, to provide school-led teacher training.

Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “NEW College should be very proud of this achievement. The college has been recognised as a centre of excellence in its area, with an outstanding performance and a track record of raising standards through supporting other schools.

“There are now more than 650 teaching schools around the country. Like teaching hospitals, they have become centres of excellence across the country, conducting research and training teachers.”