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Millais School – background information

Millais is an 11 – 16 girls comprehensive school situated on the east side of Horsham, West Sussex. It has been a specialist Language College for 16 years and consequently has a strong international ethos. In more recent years Millais was awarded an additional specialism as a Training School and this enabled the school to develop our work with HEI’s on the delivery of ITT and provided a platform for sharing expertise in CPD. Millais is recognised as being a school with high quality CPD as they have been awarded the Gold Quality Mark for CPD leadership.

Leadership is a strength at Millais School both at senior and middle leadership level and was graded as Outstanding in the last OfSTED report. The results for Millais have improved significantly over the last few years as a result of the focus on the quality of Teaching and Learning. Two leaders from Millais School have become SLE’s over the last year and will start to work with schools in the alliance in the coming term. Three members of staff underwent the ‘Outstanding Facilitators’ training and are ready to deliver the Improving Teaching Programme (ITP) and the Outstanding Teaching Programme (OTP) to other teachers in the locality. 

Leon Nettley, the Head teacher has been head of Millais for the past 15 years and taken the school from good to outstanding. He is an LLE and has worked for the LA as a mentor to new Head teachers for the last ten years; he has also acted as an interim LIG consultant. He worked on the development of exemplary SEF material with Ofsted. 

During 2010 Millais developed e-PD which was first launched in June 2011. It was adopted by the wider West Sussex schools network as a non-profit training organisation to meet professional development needs in local schools; educational establishments could share expertise and CPD opportunities and e-PD provided a mechanism for delivering some of the Alliance’s programmes.


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