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A school within a school: Teachers moving classrooms

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The ‘school within a school’ model sees teachers, not students, moving classrooms at the end of every lesson. Headteacher Andrew Jordon discusses the benefits of adopting this unusual approach.

Visit Dyke House Sports and Technology College during lesson time and you are immediately struck by the sound of silence that prevails across the building. You will also struggle to find a single student roaming the corridors. Why? It is in part due to our adoption of the “school within a school” model which means teachers, not students, move from classroom to classroom. We also maintain an unwavering emphasis on high expectations and attainment for all.

Dyke House College is located in one of the most deprived areas of Hartlepool. Despite the challenges this can present, we continue to retain our “outstanding” grading. In 2013, 75 per cent of our students achieved five GCSE grades A* to C, including maths and English. The national average was 60 per cent.

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