Upton Court Grammar School hosted ten primary school Head and Deputy Head Teachers from Spain over the past three weeks, focussing on Excellence in School Leadership.
The venture, sponsored by the Community of Madrid education authorities, enabled the school leaders to engage in professional development, supported by the expertise of Upton Court’s own Senior Leadership Team. The “Developing School Leadership in Schools of Excellence Programme” sessions included leadership of staff teams, schools and community initiatives, promoting excellence in teaching and learning, engaging parents, embedding student voice, and more. Visits were also made to other Slough Schools, including Foxborough Primary, St Ethelbert’s Primary and Haybrook College where the Spanish leaders saw innovative practices and examples of inspirational leadership.
It is hoped that some of the innovations established and models of excellence in Slough will be transferred to running the schools in Madrid over the next few years.
This is the second year Upton Court Grammar School hosted schools leaders from Spain. Principal Mercedes Hernandez Estrada said “As a Teaching School we believe it is our duty to share our experience both nationally and internationally. We are delighted that the success of the visit last year has resulted in increased interest and desire to learn from the outstanding practice in Slough schools.”
Upton Court Grammar School Principal Mercedes Hernandez Estrada (centre back) with Head and Deputy Headteachers from Madrid, Spain.