Hillcross celebrates double award success

Hillcross Primary School welcomed the Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Williams, yesterday to share its recent double award success.

Following the school’s outstanding Ofsted inspection in March 2011, the school has continued its hard work to achieve two prestigious awards during 2012; National Teaching School awarded by the Department for Education and National College for School Leadership alongside National Thinking School which was awarded through Exeter University and Thinking Schools International.

As one of the first National Teaching Schools in the local area, Hillcross is developing collaborative partnerships with other local schools, including Singlegate, Poplar, Holy Trinity, All Saints, Cranmer and Ricards Lodge to improve the learning opportunities for all children and for teachers at all stages of their careers.

Mayor of Merton, Councillor David Williams said: ‘It is delightful to see a local school like Hillcross achieve such success in becoming both a National Teaching School and a National Thinking School. The teachers and students should be commended for their tremendous effort.’

Councillor Martin Whelton, Cabinet Member for Education, said: “We have great schools in our borough. This success demonstrates the commitment our schools have to improving the standard of teaching and learning by working together.”

Head teacher Rachel Jacob said: “I am extremely proud of our school team and the hard work, dedication and enthusiasm that has gone into becoming both a National Teaching School and National Thinking School. It is the commitment of the whole staff team, coupled with our wonderful children that has ensured our school community successes.’