Claire Docherty Closing the Gap SLE Primary


Claire Docherty

SLE designation

(Date of designation & Teaching School)


Closing the gap SLE

February 2019

Queen’s Drive Primary School

Preston Teaching School Alliance

Current School

(LA or Sponsor)

Queen’s Drive Primary School, Preston

Recent OfSTED judgement

(Overall and Leadership)

Overall – Outstanding

Leadership - Outstanding

Context of School





Queen’s Drive is a two form entry primary school (three form in Year 4) with 450 pupils on roll. 

We have two main aims:

• To provide opportunities for all pupils to learn and to achieve.

• To promote pupils’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development and to prepare all pupils for the opportunities, responsibilities and experiences of life.

Due to its location, Queen’s Drive benefits from children having broad socio-economic and religious backgrounds – with a high proportion from minority ethnic backgrounds.


Particular area(s) of Expertise/Strength

(please show supporting data/information)






  • Year 6 teacher for the last 2 years with a number of years’ experience teaching across Key Stage 2 from Year 3 to Year 6;
  • Consistently demonstrated the ability to close the gap across Key Stage 2 with high end of Key Stage 2 outcomes.
  • Completed Middle Leadership and Teaching Leaders Primary qualification.
  • Accelerate coach, mentor for Preston TSA and trained in assertive mentoring ;
  • Have always worked as part of a team;
  • British Values lead and History lead for the last four years with strengths in the teaching and learning of English and mathematics.
  • Coaching and mentoring skills;
  • Sense of humour!


How have you supported other schools or middle leaders and senior leaders in your own school?




  • Supported TSA trainees, NQTs and new subject leaders in their roles;
  • Led CPD as subject leader in Maths, History, MFL and British Values;
  • Lead in various year groups, helping to support staff who were new to year group or Key Stage;
  • Led whole school and year group improvement plans involved in closing the gap in maths and other areas and identifying gaps between year groups in the curriculum;

What was the Impact of your support?





  • Areas of inconsistency identified, and plans and staff training put in place to address whole school gaps in learning;
  • Trainees and teachers have felt supported and gone on to successfully manage classes and subjects;
  • Development of a whole school Values curriculum to embed British Values across school;
  • Consistently high KS2 outcomes;

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