EVESHAM'S Prince Henry's High School has been named as one of only 200 in the country to become a national teaching school.

It was selected by the National College for Teaching and Leadership to take on the position, which is important in raising standards and takes a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools.

Dr Tony Evans, headteacher, said: "We are delighted to have been successful in our application to become a National Teaching School.

"It is also a fantastic recognition of the excellent teaching and learning that occurs at Prince Henry’s each day. It is a prestigious accolade for Prince Henry’s and our partner schools."

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are all rated as outstanding and mark a shift towards school-centred training.

They work with partner schools in an alliance, including at least one university, to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.

Dr Evans added: "We are constantly striving to improve the outcomes of all our pupils, and as a National Teaching School we are planning to work even more closely with local schools to the benefit of pupils in South Worcestershire."

Helen Wood, deputy headteacher, will be leading on this important development and further details can be found at princehenrys.worcs.sch.uk.