National quality mark scheme rates Plymouth school as outstanding
A SECONDARY school has been awarded the highest accolade for its professional development standards.
An assessor from CPD Mark Ltd has judged that 97 per cent of the steps involved in an assessment were 'grade A' or outstanding at Lipson Community College.
The CPD Mark is a national quality mark designed to improve continuing professional development standards throughout the education sector.
CPD Mark assessor Graham Rollinson said in his feedback that Lipson Community College was the best school he had assessed out of 137 total assessments carried out over the last three years in England and Wales.
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Sarah Jones, from Lipson Community College, said: "Professional development is a way of ensuring that students at the college receive the very best education.
"The report comments on the way that staff at all levels collaborate and work together effectively to create a truly meaningful dialogue that focuses on the needs of every child.
"The report recognises the thriving partnerships that Lipson has with local primary schools and comments on the outstanding links and work that is undertaken with higher education and with parents."
Assessor Graham Rollinson recognised the importance placed on the co-operative values and how those are used to deliver excellence.
The report states: "This is a college where feedback is actively sought and welcomed as part of improvement and professional development processes.
"The college places a high expectation on staff being responsible for personal and professional development and recognises the importance this has in raising standards for young people.
"The college provides value for money by making the most of course, in-house training; mentoring and coaching; on-line training programmes; and invests heavily in post graduate development."
Steve Baker, principal of Lipson Community College, said: "In today's globalised world the pace of change is rapid.
"This means all our staff need to be constantly learning and developing new skills.
"The CPD Mark is testament to the quality of our training programmes which keep us at the cutting edge. Congratulations to all those involved."