The Blue Coat School has been selected as an example of good practice in education in the 2014 Parliamentary Review. The publication, which has several versions based on key policy areas, has the involvement of the Prime Minister, leading Cabinet ministers including George Osborne and Nicky Morgan, and other outstanding organisations and leaders who have discussed how they’ve responded to political and economic challenges as a learning tool to their peers. The Education Edition of The Parliamentary Review also consists of a political commentary, summarising the year in education along with events in Westminster. The commentary is written by two of the UK’s leading journalists – Sean Coughlan and Mark D’Arcy – the BBC’s Education and Parliamentary correspondents respectively. The representatives selected are used as an example of best practice to leaders in the public and private sector. Editor-in-Chief of The Parliamentary Review, the Rt Hon David Curry, said:

The whole purpose of the Review is to provide a forum where organisations can set out what they have achieved and, crucially how they have achieved it. We set their articles in the context of the political and economic environment – described clearly and critically by experts in the field. The aim is to showcase, explain and learn, not in some abstract or theoretical way but by dealing with reality, however challenging that reality may be.

Headteacher Mrs Silcock was delighted to have been approached to take part in this Parliamentary Review. Below is a short extract from the Review.

The School works to challenge, support, review, inspire, enthuse, enjoy and celebrate all aspects of its rich and diverse community. We are a multicultural, multi-faith school which believes in itself. In November 2012 Ofsted rated us as ‘outstanding’ in all categories; a wonderful accolade in itself but it was a comment from one of the inspectors that was a defining moment: ‘Something special happens to those students as they walk in the door.’ We have succeeded by respecting our past, savouring the present and embracing the future.”

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