King’s Warrington lands top school status





A Warrington school with one of the best behaviour records in the region has landed a top role in a £10 million government initiative to improve behaviour culture in education. King’s Leadership Academy Warrington’s exemplary behaviour standards means it has been chosen to be a lead secondary school by the Department for Education’s Behaviour Hubs programme. As one of 50 lead secondary schools across the country, King’s Warrington will provide tailored advice, training and support to senior management teams from other schools to help them bring about lasting change and raise overall behaviour standards over the next three years. The school, part of the Great Schools Trust, will also be the location of one of just 10 multi-academy trust hubs. As a lead school for the north west region, Katie Sharp, head of King’s Warrington and members of King’s staff, will help other schools identify areas where new approaches and policies can be applied to improve pupil behaviour and facilitate visits to Warrington to see first-hand the effective behaviour practices used within the academy. Katie said: “We are extremely proud to be selected as the lead school for this important initiative and look forward to sharing our experiences and knowledge with other schools in the region. “Good behaviour has always been important at King’s Warrington as we believe it is a cornerstone of academic success and helps pupils to reach their full potential. Our culture here has always brought a positive response from students and means that since the academy was established in 2012, we have never had to exclude a pupil for behavioural reasons.” Shane Ierston, chief executive officer at the Great Schools Trust, said: “A school without a strong culture means rules are unenforceable and a strong culture means rules aren't required. Our job is to help the schools we work with to teach their children the habits required for success. Gaining a lead status within the behaviour hub is recognition from the Department of Education that King’s Warrington has been able to demonstrate an ‘exceptional behaviour culture’. “This has been achieved by the hard work of both staff and students and I am delighted we will be able help other schools across the north west create a culture for success.”