National Support Schools

Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School are National Support Schools

As a part of the National Support Schools Programme, the previous Executive Head of Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School, Peter Bell, remains as National Leader of Education.

NLEs use their success and professionalism as school leaders, along with the staff in their school - designated a National Support School - to provide additional leadership capability in struggling schools or those in transition to federation or academy status. The deployment is tailor-made to suit the needs of each school. The type of support provided is flexible and can involve NLEs becoming acting or executive headteacher of the client school or schools. They also have responsibility for bringing on the next generation of NLEs and National Support Schools.

Many in the National Leaders of Education/ National Support Schools scheme see improvements in exam results at both the support and client schools with progress achieved in excess of the improvements nationally.

There are now well over 800 NLEs across the country and the number is set to rise to about 1,000 by 2015.

Charlie Taylor, Chief Executive of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: “It’s great that heads like Peter Bell are willing to look beyond their own school gates to help more and pupils achieve. Their efforts will be at the heart of a self-improving, school-led education system.  School-to-school support is having a growing impact and the results speak for themselves with benefits for both the schools being supported and those providing the support.”

Peter Bell will retain the role of National Leader of Education, therefore both Ambergate Sports College and Sandon School will remain National Support Schools.