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Monday, May 17, 1999 Published at 11:20 GMT 12:20 UK


New 'leading lights' named

Pupils at The Byrchall High: A beacon for Wigan

The government has named a further 125 schools in England as 'beacon schools', aimed at spreading and sharing good practice and innovation.

The schools will get their new status next September, bringing the total to 200 schools. The aim is to have 1,000 beacon schools, including at least 250 secondary schools, by 2002.

The School Standards Minister, Estelle Morris, said: "The first 75 beacon schools are already showing us the powerful effect that teachers talking to other teachers can have.

"They have already established strong partnerships with many educational organisations to share ideas and approaches to teaching, and to pass on expertise in a whole host of curriculum areas. They are helping to create a climate of co-operation rather than competition.

"In this year's expansion, there is a strong emphasis on areas of deprivation and disadvantage, with over half of the new beacons being focused on urban authorities."

Reducing bureaucracy

St. Anne's Convent School, a girls' comprehensive in Southampton, is one of the new beacon schools. It plans to share its experience of reducing teacher bureaucracy - one of the biggest areas of complaint from teachers.

Bit by bit it plans to link all curriculum areas to the school's administrative computer network - including direct access to the city's intranet and the Internet.

In this way teachers will be able to access the curriculum materials available on the Web, send and receive e-mails through their own mailboxes, access administrative information and integrate assessment information about the pupils they teach.

The Compton School in Barnet, north London, was established as a 'fresh start' school and the Department for Education says it has since achieved a high level of success. The school plans to help other schools address the issues involved in starting from scratch or recovering from 'failing' status.

The full list of schools achieving beacon status from September is:

Secondary Schools
All Saints Church of England School, Dorset
Archbishop Blanch CofE High School, Liverpool
Birkdale High School, Sefton
Bishop Luffa School, West Sussex
Brooke Weston City Technology College, Northamptonshire
Burntwood GM School for Girls, Wandsworth
Cardinal Heenan High School, Leeds
Chester Catholic High School, Cheshire
Chiltern Edge School, Oxfordshire
Cirencester Deer Park School, Gloucestershire
Clitheroe Royal Grammar School, Lancashire
Coombe Girls' School, Kingston upon Thames
Davison CofE High School for Girls, West Sussex
Deacon's School, Peterborough
Dereham Neatherd High School, Norfolk
Ecclesbourne School, Derbyshire
Ellen Wilkinsin School for Girls, Ealing
Grays Convent High School,Thurrock
Grey Court School, Richmond upon Thames
Habergham High School, Lancashire
Halewood Community Comprehensive School, Knowsley
Highworth Warneford School, Swindon
Hummersknott Comprehensive, Darlington
Jack Hunt School, Peterborough
Kingsmead Community School, Somerset
Kirk Hallam Community School, Derbyshire
Mulberry School for Girls, Tower Hamlets
Nower Hill High School, Harrow
Old Swinford Hospital, Dudley
Painsley RC High School, Staffordshire
Pensby High School for Girls, Wirral
Penwortham Girls' High School, Lancashire
Prudhoe Community High School, Northumberland
Ranelagh School, Bracknell Forest
Sacred Heart High School, Hammersmith
Sarah Bonnell School, Newham
Seven Kings High School, Redbridge
Silverdale School, Sheffield
St Anne's Convent School, Southampton
St Benedict's RC High School, Warwickshire
St Gregory's RC Comprehensive, Bath and NE Somerset
St Ives School, Cornwall
St Julie's High School, Liverpool
St Martin's School, Essex
St Mary's RC High School, Derbyshire
St Richard's RC School, East Sussex
St Saviour's & St Olave's School, Southwark
St Thomas More Catholic High, Cheshire
St Thomas More High School, North Tyneside
St Ursula's Convent School, Greenwich
Swanshurst School, Birmingham
Sydenham School, Lewisham
Tewkesbury School, Gloucestershire
The Byrchall High School, Wigan
The Compton School, Barnet
The Green School, Hounslow
The King's School, Peterborough
The Philip Morant School, Essex
Thomas Telford School, Shropshire
Tolworth Girls' School, Kingston upon Thames
Trinity Catholic High School, Redbridge
Valentines High School, Redbridge
Waldegrave School for Girls, Richmond upon Thames
Walthamstow School for Girls, Waltham Forest
Westborough High School, Kirklees
Winston Churchill School, Surrey

Primary Schools
All Saints' First School, Bradford
Barugh Green Primary School, Barnsley
Black Horse Hill Junior, Wirral
Broad Oak County Primary, Lancashire
Carr Head County Primary, Lancashire
Donnington Junior and Infant, Brent
Dunmore County Junior School, Oxfordshire
Eldwick First School, Bradford
English Martyrs School, Liverpool
Furze Platt Infant School, Berkshire
Garden Suburb Infant School, Barnet
Grade-Ruan VC School, Cornwall
Hall Park County Primary, Lancashire
High Greave Junior, Rotherham
Hillborough Junior, Luton
Hilton Lane County Primary, Salford
Kender Primary School, Lewisham
Kingswood Infant School, Essex
Millbrook Infant School, Northants
Newnham Junior School, Hillingdon
Northview Primary School, Swindon
Orleton VC School, Hereford and Worcester
Our Lady of Dolours RC Primary, Westminster
Our Lady of Grace Junior School, Brent
Rowlands Gill Junior School, Gateshead
Sacred Heart School, Bradford
St Chad's RC Junior and Infant, Birmingham
St James RC Junior and Infant, Richmond upon Thames
St John's RC School, Lancashire
St Joseph's RC Primary School, Leeds
St Joseph's RC Primary, Westminster
St Mary's CofE Primary, Lancashire
St Michael and St John's Primary, Lancashire
St Michael's County Primary School, East Sussex
St Peter's CE Junior School, Birmingham
St Philip's RC Primary, Salford
St Thomas More RC Primary School, Coventry
Sutton in Craven CofE Primary, North Yorkshire
Tenterden County Infant School, Kent
The Knaphill Lower School,Surrey
The Primary School of St Mary and St Martin Nottinghamshire
The Queen's CofE Junior Mixed and Infant Richmond upon Thames
Tubbenden Infants' School, Kent
Urchfont CofE School, Wiltshire
Vale County First and Middle School, West Sussex
Westwood County Primary, Lancashire
Whiteheath Junior School, Hillingdon
Wimbledon Chase Middle School, Merton
Windlesham Village Infant School, Surrey
Winklebury County Infant school, Hampshire
Witton Church Walk CofE Primary, Cheshire
Yarm County Primary, Stockton on Tees

Special Schools
Ash Lea, Nottinghamshire
Mark College, Somerset
Mary Elliot School, Walsall
The Milestone School, Gloucestershire
Wilson Stuart School, Birmingham

Nursery Schools
Colleges Nursery School, Cambridgeshire
Coulsdon Nursery School, Croydon

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