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Teaching School

Castle Wood School and Sherbourne Fields School have been selected to become National Teaching Schools in a joint application.

On being awarded Teaching School Status, Yvonne  McCall and Shivaun Duffy Moriarty said “We are absolutely delighted to have been awarded Teaching School Status. Becoming a Teaching School not only recognises the skills of our staff, our innovative practice and our commitment to working collaboratively with colleagues it also allows us the opportunity to continue to shape professional development opportunities whilst enhancing teaching and  learning for all pupils. This is an exciting journey for both Sherbourne Fields School and Castle Wood School and we are once again we are very proud of this fantastic achievement.”


Roger Pope, Chair of the National College for Teaching and Leadership, said: 

“I’d like to congratulate Sherbourne Fields and Castle Wood  - they should be very proud of this achievement. Teaching Schools are at the heart of  school improvement. They’re supporting other schools, attracting and training the best new teachers and developing the next generation of leaders. At NCTL, we want to do all we can to support their work. “


What is a National Teaching School?

Introduced in 2011, National Teaching Schools are all excellent schools. They work with partner schools in an alliance to ensure high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.  

Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession and providing continuing professional development. They identify and develop leadership potential,  provide support for other schools, and work with schools across their alliance to raise standards of teaching.  They raise standards through supporting other schools, engage in research and development, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful head teachers.