A village primary school already rated one of the best in country has been celebrating another national accolade.
This week it was announced that two members of the staff at Dullingham’s Kettlefields primary school and one of its governors had been chosen for top national leadership roles.
Chairman of governors, Liz Gibson, was one of only 100 governors to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Governance (NLG) in the latest recruitment round by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).
And two members of staff at the school, deputy head teacher, Debbie Rankin, and early years teacher, Charlotte Moody, have been appointed as specialist leaders in education, which are ‘outstanding middle and senior leaders’ who have shown they have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools.
They are also skilled in helping other leaders achieve ‘outstanding leadership practice’ in their own context.
National Leaders of Governance support other chairmen of governors to improve governance and school performance. They may provide coaching and can support their counterparts in a variety of different ways including using data effectively to improve a school’s performance or by supporting a school to become a part of a federation.
Cambridgeshire County Council’s director of learning Keith Grimwade said: “Governors have an essential role to play as leaders in our schools, and I am delighted that Liz has been accredited as a NLG and will be supporting schools across the county.
“Congratulations also to Debbie and Charlotte, whose appointments reflect their skill and dedication in helping Kettlefields primary one of the highest rated in Cambridgeshire.”
Kettlefields Primary was rated ‘outstanding’ following its most recent Ofsted inspection in November 2011 just a year after it had been placed in special measures by government inspectors.
This autumn the school, which caters for just over 100 pupils will be welcoming a new head teacher following the retirement of the current head, Angela Finn at the end of the summer term.
The new principal will be Dr Chris Marshall, who is currently in charge of Wheatfields Primary School in St Ives and has previously been head teacher of St Andrews primary school, Cambridge. He will also take responsibility for another ‘outstanding’ rated school, Newmarket’s Ditton Lodge primary in St John’s Avenue.