HOLMES Chapel Comprehensive School has been praised for its role in training the next generation of teachers.

The school said in its newsletter: “HCCS is the Teaching School in an alliance of schools in Cheshire East which, among other activities, trains the next generation of teachers and has done for many years, in partnership with MMU.

“In 2015 we decided to take full responsibility for our Teacher Training and became a provider and accrediting body in our own right.

“After only two years, the expertise and professionalism of trainee teachers and training staff at what we call The Cheshire East SCITT has been acknowledged by an official Ofsted judgement that our provision is at least ‘good’ in all its aspects.

“The report was packed with endless praise and there are many stand-out comments.

“The most important, for those considering teaching as a future career and looking for a suitable training provider, are those commenting on the high quality of the training and the high employment rates achieved.”

The Director of Teaching School Karen Fuller said: “We are extremely proud of the report, and our strong partnership.

“Our excellent employment rates and commitment to high quality recruitment means that applicants on our course know they will be among the best prepared in the country to join the teaching profession.”

The Ofsted report stated: “The pastoral care of trainees is exemplary. The personalised support that trainees receive has a significant impact on the good progress that they make and the high standards that they reach.

“This close-knit partnership is built on strong relationships and effective collaboration.

“The training programme is responsive and flexible.... meeting the needs of individual trainees.

“On completion of their training, trainees develop good subject knowledge, are well prepared for their roles and are able to make a strong contribution to their employing schools.

“High-quality mentoring is a particularly strong feature throughout the partnership.

“All trainees make strong progress on the training programme and exceed the minimum level required by the teachers’ standards.”