School prepares to share the secrets of its success

Mount Pleasant Junior School headteacher Adrienne Palmer.
Mount Pleasant Junior School headteacher Adrienne Palmer.

The headteacher and staff at an ‘outstanding’ primary school in Market Weighton have been selected for a top role supporting other schools who are facing challenging circumstances.

Adrienne Palmer, headteacher of Mount Pleasant Junior School, is one of 137 head teachers from across the country who have been newly-recruited to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE).

Along with her staff, Mrs Palmer will provide support, including additional leadership capability, to two other schools.

Under her leadership, Mount Pleasant has turned from a school rated as ‘satisfactory’ by government Ofsted inspectors into one rated as ‘outstanding.’ The school has also now been designated as a National Support School.

Mrs Palmer said: “It’s a great privilege to share the good practice we have at Mount Pleasant.

“This process isn’t meant to be one sided. We will benefit from working with other schools too.”

NLEs are deployed to suit the needs of each school needing support. But Mrs Palmer will not be giving up her job as head teacher of Mount Pleasant.

Charlie Taylor, chief executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s great that heads like Mrs Palmer are willing to look beyond their own school gates to help more and more pupils achieve. We have more than 1,000 National Leaders of Education and their efforts are at the heart of a self-improving, school-led education system.”