The Gryphon School headteacher: Steve Hillier


The Gryphon selected to become a National Teaching School

The Executive Headteacher and staff at The Gryphon School have been selected for top roles supporting schools in challenging circumstances and training new teachers.

Steve Hillier is one of more than 75 headteachers to be appointed to the role of National Leader of Education in the latest recruitment round.

National leaders of education along with staff in their school – appointed as national support schools – use their knowledge and experience to provide additional leadership capability in other schools in need of support.

The type of support provided is flexible and tailored to meet the needs of each individual school. National leaders of education also have responsibility for developing the next generation of NLEs and national support schools.

The Gryphon School is also one of over 65 schools that has been selected to become a national teaching school in the latest recruitment round, taking a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession.

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.

They raise standards through supporting other schools, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Steve Hillier, the Executive Head of the Sherborne Area Schools’ Trust (SAST)  said:

“It is a great honour that the quality of provision, and hard work of  all The Gryphon School staff has been recognised with Teaching School designation. The next steps are to lead a North Dorset Teaching School Alliance. A mix of 35 secondary and primary schools were part of the application supported by the Diocese of Salisbury, Dorset LA, two universities and teaching trainer providers.This is an exciting opportunity for schools across the area including South Somerset to build upon local partnerships and collaboration by linking into national networks and resources.”

Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), said:

“I’d like to congratulate The Gryphon School and Steve Hillier on being appointed as a teaching school and a national leader of education. They should be very proud of this achievement.

“Teaching schools and national leaders of education are at the heart of school improvement. They’re supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work. “

Successful headteachers have been invited to attend a national induction event.

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