Helen McLean ICT & Computer Science Secondary

Name Helen McLean
SLE designation
(Date of designation & Teaching School)
Computer Science SLE
Appointed 1st March 2016
Archbishop Temple School/Preston Teaching School Alliance
Current School
(LA or Sponsor)
Archbishop Temple School, Preston
Recent OfSTED judgement
(Overall and Leadership)
Context of School

Archbishop Temple School is a high performing secondary school in Preston, Lancashire. We have around 800 pupils, aged 11 – 16, and we aim to provide an outstanding education based firmly on our core values of faith, nurture and service.

Our pupils receive a first class education and our exam results are consistently among the best in the country (in 2018 88% of our students achieved a good grade in 5 or more subjects, including English and Maths).

Being a Church of England School is a core part of our ethos. We express our faith in regular acts of worship, but also by providing an inclusive and welcoming atmosphere where we make a commitment to each young person to try to support them to be the best they can be.

Particular area(s) of Expertise/Strength
  • CAS Hub Leader for Preston
  • CAS Master Teacher in Computer Science
  • Honorary Teacher Partner of Lancaster University with 2 years’ experience of training other teachers
  • CEOP Ambassador – Online Safety
  • Several years’ experience of raising attainment within department
How have you supported other schools or middle leaders and senior leaders in your own school?
  • Worked with individual teachers in other schools to lead moderation on programming projects
  • Trained other teachers for many years through both the CAS hub and Lancaster University conference days
  • Trained staff within school in relation to online safety and I am working with SLT to attain the 360 ICT Mark through SWGfL
  • Many years as a mentor for trainee teachers and NQTs
What was the Impact of your support?
  • Improved results in the GCSE Computing qualification following training
  • Raising awareness and skills across the new computer science curriculum
  • Raised awareness to online safety issues within school
  • Achievement within the department has continue to improve resulting in a successful department within school.


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