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New man at reins of Northallerton and Catterick schools
1:42pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
A NEW man has taken the reins of a federation that has brought three schools closer together.
A retired chartered civil engineer, Mr Barker is an existing governor and for the past three years a member of the improvement committee.
The federation comprises the Allertonshire School, Northallerton College and Risedale Sports and Community College and has seen remarkable results for students.
The Allertonshire acts as the feeder school helping primary school children make the crucial transition to secondary education.
In Northallerton they then move on to college to take their GCSEs and A Levels, with many achieving top grades and securing places at Russell Group universities including Oxford and Cambridge.
Risedale Sports and Community College became one of the fastest-improving schools in the country through the partnership and now staff are able to share their experience and expertise with the other schools.
Based at Hipswell, Catterick Garrison, the college deals with unique challenges raised by a school population dominated by the children of Army families which frequently move.
“They are very different catchment areas, but the common denominator is that we strive to ensure that students achieve their full potential through good teaching,” said Mr Barker.
The three schools share a governing body and a common culture that seeks to achieve the highest standards through careful joint curriculum development.
Mr Barker said: “We have seen the results to prove that a federation is very much the right way forward for these three schools and parents, staff and the local authority have been incredibly supportive; we have had some great feedback.”
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