08 March 2010


- Schools Minister Vernon Coaker has today announced nearly £7 million of extra funding to help secure progress at ten schools across the country. -

Today's news signals ministers' approval of School Improvement Plans which has allowed the ten schools involved to become National Challenge Trust Schools or National Challenge Federations.

A National Challenge Trust aims to transform the school's performance by harnessing the expertise and energy of a strong education partner. The education partner is part of the Trust which will in turn appoint a majority of the schools' governing body. A National Challenge Federation involves two or more schools coming together under one governing body and sharing the benefits of partnership, including shared teachers, resources and economies of scale.

Ministers have now approved 54 National Challenge Trusts and six National Challenge Federations. £65 million of the total £400 million National Challenge funding has been allocated to support National Challenge structural solutions to help raise attainment.

Schools Minister Vernon Coaker said:

"National Challenge Trusts are offering schools good opportunities to share their expertise and widen the positive impact they can have for young people.

"With extra funding the government is helping to secure and sustain improvement at National Challenge Trust Schools with extra resources to support and develop leadership teams, focus on maths and English, and help track pupils to ensure they achieve their full potential.

"The latest GCSE results confirmed more schools than ever have now reached the Government's target of 30 per cent of pupils gaining five good GCSEs including English and maths. We want every school to continue in their drive to deliver the best possible education for all children and National Challenge Trusts and Federations will help us get there."

The ten schools and their allocations for the 2009/10 and 2010/11 academic years are as follows:

Parklands High School, Liverpool will receive £594,000

Bemrose School, Derby will receive £636,800

Tennyson High School, Lincolnshire will receive £841,000

Stockland Green School, Birmingham will receive £550,000

Frank F Harrison School, Walsall will receive £694,021

Brownhills Community Technology College, Walsall will receive £610,850

Chase High School, Southend will receive £945,000

Torquay Community College, Torbay will receive £603,436

Northwood School, Hillingdon will receive £746,924

St Pauls Way School, Tower Hamlets will receive £700,000

Editor's Notes

This press notice relates to 'England'


1. National Challenge is the Government's programme to ensure that no secondary school will have fewer than 30 per cent of its pupils achieving 5+ A*-C GCSEs, including English and maths, by 2011.

2. Schools become National Challenge Trust Schools or National Challenge Federations following a successful public consultation for each school.

3. Parklands High School, Liverpool became a National Challenge Trust on 01/09/09. The school's lead partner in this trust is the Blue Coat School.

4. Bemrose Community Technology College, Derby became a National Challenge Trust on 01/01/10. The school's lead partner in this trust is Littleover Community School.

5. Tennyson High School, Lincolnshire became a National Challenge Trust on 01/09/09. The school's lead partner in this trust is Monks Dyke Technology College.

6. Stockland Green School, Birmingham became a National Challenge Federation on 02/02/10. The school's partner in this federation is Arthur Terry School.

7. Frank F Harrison School, Walsall became a National Challenge Trust on 02/02/10. The school's lead partner in this trust is Walsall College.

8. Brownhills School, Walsall became a National Challenge Trust on 01/02/10. The school's lead partner in this trust is University College Birmingham.

9. Chase High School, Southend became a National Challenge Trust on 01/01/10. The school's partners in this trust are King John School and Middlesex University.

10. Torquay Community College, Torbay became a National Challenge Trust on 01/11/09. The school's partners in this trust are The University College of St Mark and St John, South Devon College, Torquay Boys Grammar School, Torquay Care Trust and Interserve Projects Ltd.

11. Northwood School, Hillingdon becamea National Challenge Federation on 06/07/09. The school's partner in this federation is Queensmead School.

12. St Pauls Way School, Tower Hamletsbecame a National Challenge Trust on 26/02/2010. The school's lead partner in this trust is Queen Mary University.

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Press Notice 2010/0059