Sir John Thursby is leading pupils into the future

Assistant headteacher Mr Fazeel Rashid and headteacher Mr David Burton outside Sir John Thursby Community College which has been nationally recognised  (s)
Assistant headteacher Mr Fazeel Rashid and headteacher Mr David Burton outside Sir John Thursby Community College which has been nationally recognised (s)

A Burnley secondary school has been recognised for its achievements by a national teacher training programme.

Sir John Thursby Community College, in Eastern Avenue, has been named by education charity The Future Leaders’ Trust as one of its top schools after it saw a significant improvement in GCSE results this year.

Headteacher Mr David Burton and assistant headteacher Mr Fazeel Rashid said they both credit Future Leaders with helping them improve attainment.

Sir John Thursby has increased results by 16% in two years.

Mr Burton said: “Future Leaders provided me with excellent training and I am delighted to support Mr Rashid in following the programme. Our dedicated staff want to continue to help all of our students to achieve even higher grades and we are pleased that our excellent students and the community also want to make sure that every child enjoys success.

“I am privileged to be a Future Leader and I am delighted that Sir John Thursby has been recognised as one of their top schools for GCSE results. I became a Future Leader because I believe in their mission to ensure every child achieves the very best results and develops into a great citizen. Future Leaders are selected through a rigorous application process and receive high quality training to help improve schools.

“As a result of their success, the Government has launched a new programme, Talented Leaders, also run by The Future Leaders’ Trust. They will commit to a school for three years and be selected on the basis of an excellent track record in school improvement and a commitment to giving every child an excellent education.”