Huntingdon Public School has received a high honour after being accepted to join the new Ambassador Schools program, a league of the best schools in the state.
The program, which is unique in Australia, uses the School Success Model to identify schools achieving academic performance above and beyond similar schools.
Huntingdon Public School, a small school of 28 students, now joins five other schools in the early phase of a pilot program that will gather and share evidence of the high-impact practices utilised by each school.
Principal Peta Harris said the school's educational approach was to see the potential in every student.
"We are always reflecting on the effectiveness of our practice and refining our craft to support the needs of each individual student, and set an appropriate level of educational challenge to find the right formula for their personal learning success," she said.
Ms Harris said she is very proud of the staff, students and parents for working together to reach such high potential.
"We're very much in the stages of celebrating this achievement and realising what we have been able to achieve," she said.
"It was a surprise for us and we're really looking forward to the next three years in the program."
Planning is under way on a research program that will partner universities with the Ambassador Schools to identify what made these schools great before translating that information to be shared with other schools.
"It's pretty exciting for our school to be part of this program and is a big achievement for us," Ms Harris said.
Minister for Education and Early Childhood Learning Sarah Mitchell said the Ambassador Schools had the X-factor, and the principal, teachers, staff and school community were working together to achieve incredible results.
"Our three new Ambassador Schools - Huntingdon Public School, Macarthur Girls High School and Bonnyrigg Heights Public School, - all bring teaching approaches that have cut through in terms of lifting results for their students," Ms Mitchell said.
"The selection of Huntingdon Public School, a small but innovative rural school, is an outstanding achievement and will offer practical insights to educators in our rural and regional communities."
Ms Harris said the achievement for the small primary school has been a community effort.
"We have an exceptional group of educators, our students work really hard and the parents are very proactive in their child's learning," she said.
"It really has been a community effort to get to where we are."
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