St John Plessington is the Lead Organisation and was judged to be outstanding in all areas by Ofsted in May 2013. Ofsted commended the College for being “outward looking, keen to support improvement in other schools and share good practice…The College is seen as a beacon of good practice.” It is a National Teaching School and National Support School, Leading Edge Partner and an SSAT Consultant Accredited. In 2010-11 it was the TES Secondary School of the Year. The Head Teacher, as a NLE has been responsible for significantly improving schools that have been in Ofsted ‘categories’. The school is a large comprehensive school that caters for boys and girls of all abilities.