The head of a primary school in Kibworth has expressed his delight over his establishment's new status.
Speaking to the Harborough Mail, Paul Stone, who is in charge of Kibworth CE Primary School, voiced his approval of the venue's new teaching school role.
"We are delighted to have been given this opportunity to work with colleagues to be pioneers in this exciting initiative," Mr Stone told the publication.
He went on to explain that one of its responsibilities will be spotting talent and grooming individuals to serve as the next generation of head teachers.
The school was granted this prestigious award by the National College for School Leadership and is one of the first 100 establishments to be nominated for the status in the UK.
In a move that could impact teaching jobs in the region, Kibworth CE Primary will serve as the leader for a local group of educational venues and will also work alongside a university as part of its new role.
The National College for School Leadership awarded the elite status to 100 schools in total, 57 of which were secondary and 36 primary.
Commenting on the announcement last month chief executive of the organisation Steve Munby hailed the "superb quality" of applications, claiming that choosing from among the candidates was a difficult decision.
"To take on this role, teaching schools need to be among the best in the country to meet the demanding eligibility criteria - outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards," he said.
However, these 100 venues make up only the first wave of the project and the College detailed the further opportunities available to UK schools as its network expands to 500 venues by 2014.
Education secretary Michael Gove expressed his approval for the move, stating he was "delighted" at the scheme's progress.