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The Headteacher and staff at St Mary’s Catholic High School have been selected for a top role supporting schools in challenging circumstances.

St Mary’s Catholic High School has been designated a ‘National Support School’ by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and Headteacher, Sean McClafferty has been appointed to the role of National Leader of Education (NLE).  This formally recognises the support the school is giving and will continue to give to other schools in the local area and beyond.  This is a significant achievement for St Mary’s Catholic High School and is a reflection of the dedication and commitment of staff, students, parents and governors.  Everyone has played their part.

Mr McClafferty said, “What is crucial is that we sustain the structure and systems that have brought success to St Mary’s, whilst devolving the knowledge and expertise of our staff to colleagues in other schools.  This way we ensure that there is a high quality of education for every child, no matter which school they attend.”

Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said, “It’s great that heads like Sean McClafferty are willing to look beyond their own school gates to help more pupils to achieve.  Their efforts will be at the heart of a self-improving, school-led education system.”