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In top form; Super school will set an example to others.

Byline: CLAIRE STOKER

A LIVERPOOL school was today named one of the best in the country.

Broughton Hall RC High school in Yew Tree Lane, West Derby, has been named as a Leading Edge school, the only one in the city and one of 101nationally.

Now it will be used to help improve teaching standards and education for thousands of children.

Leading Edge schools are part of the government's drive to reform secondary education and only the most successful schools have been selected to ``transform the face of education in their local areas, through collaboration and innovation''.

Head Gerard Murphy said: ``This is great news, not just for the school but for the whole city. We have been recognised for our high standards of teaching,our innovative skills and the use of new technology.'' Mr Murphy described being named a leading edge school as ``a fantastic achievement'' but said they have worked very hard to get there.

``We will be working in close collaboration with 12 schools in the city, sharing ideas and best practice to radically improve the quality of secondary education in the city. But this will be a shared exercise, we will learn as much from the other schools as they will from us.''

Broughton Hall is already a specialist technology school and was selected by the government for its excellence in teaching and technology skills.

It will link with partner schools through workshops for teachers and sharing teaching resources, both paper and internet-based, to improve teaching skills.

Councillor Paul Clein,executive member for education, said: ``It will very much be a team effort, calling on the skills and expertise of every school involved.''

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FIRST CLASS: Headteacher Gerard Murphy celebrates being awarded Leading Edge status with 13-year- old pupils Jessica Webster, Michelle Strahan,Lyndsey Woods,Nicola Roach and Lauren Storey Picture: ANDREW TEEBAY
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Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jul 1, 2003
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