Ashton on Mersey School in Trafford is the lead school of the Dean Trust, and is led by Chief Executive and Academy Principal Tarun Kapur CBE, and Executive Principal Vicky Beer NLE. The school has received four consecutive OfSTED judgements of 'Outstanding' and was one of the first 100 Teaching Schools to be designated nationally. The Teaching School alliance is one of the largest in the country, including 10 Secondary schools (Trafford, Manchester, Wigan, East Cheshire, Warrington, Blackburn, Bolton, Stockport) and associated primaries. Ashton on Mersey School has successfully developed the national training programme for SLEs (ensuring it is embedded into the emerging NC Modular framework) and is now training Teaching Schools across the country who are designated SLE Training Schools. AoM was one of the first schools outside of London to have Facilitators trained in the delivery of the highly successful Outstanding Teacher and Improving Teacher Programmes and has now also been commissioned to deliver the Outstanding Facilitator Programme. This is a national programme funded by DfE/NC to develop the capacity of outstanding schools. AoM has recently been designated an Associate School, working closely with Olevi to develop the Delivery, Accreditation, Quality Control & Research across the Teaching and Learning programmes. AoM is a MLDP Hub with two specialist trained Facilitators in this programme.
Hawkley Hall High School, Wigan, is an Ofsted Outstanding school and a National Support School. Headteacher Royston Halford leads a community of students, staff, parents and governors with a common goal: to strive for the highest standards in everything they do. Hawkley Hall is a National College Teaching Alliance School and is the lead school in a multi-Academy Trust; its MLDP hub supports a network of schools in the North West. Two of the school's senior leaders: Elaine Williams and Mathew Klinck are key members of our NPQML management and delivery team and will be leading some of the face-to-face sessions.
Pott Shrigley & Bollington St Johns CofE schools are a federation of small schools celebrates a unique and innovative learning journey for every child in two communities! Working in partnership and sharing expertise, they deliver a creative and international curriculum that enables all children to become enquiring learners who are confident when faced with exciting and new opportunities. With strong Christian values at the heart of all they do, their passionate staff provide a distinctive yet collaborative approach to learning that enables everyone to flourish!
Dr Andy Hodgkinson is an executive head teacher of the Federation of St Pott Shrigley & Bollington John's CofE Primary schools. He co-authored the SUMO4Schools Primary Programme and is involved in delivering training and inset for school leaders around the country. Prior to working in primary schools he lectured in ethics at undergraduate level with a focus on postmodern ethics. He is interested in collaboration, new models of school leadership, curriculum design and staff development.
The Heath School is a National Support School and National Teaching School with an extremely strong cross phase alliance which is composed of infant, primary, secondary, special and post 16 outstanding schools and colleges who are working together to improve the outcomes for all young people in Halton and Greater Merseyside. The Heath has four MLDP Facilitators and is a licensed school for the delivery of the highly successful Improving and Outstanding Teacher Programmes. The Heath was a pilot school for the designation of the first SLEs and now has nine actively deployed SLEs who are helping to bring about sustained school improvement by improving leadership in Maths, English, Humanities, Science and developing more effective teaching and learning behaviour, attendance and inclusion strategies. The Heath has worked with both Primary and Secondary schools in special measures bringing about rapid and sustained success and, together with their alliance, is currently supporting four schools in a range of contexts and categories. The Heath staff and governors are absolutely committed to the development of school to school support and system leadership to help to shape the future educational landscape and secure outstanding outcomes for all young people. The Heath has developed experienced and accredited coaches for leadership, management, teaching and learning and is really excited about the opportunities presented by the delivery of the new modular curriculum at levels 1, 2 and 3.
St Mary and St Paul's, Knowsley, is an Outstanding school led by Headteacher Neil Dixon. Parents speak highly of the school and are very pleased with their children's progress.
There is a culture of high expectations, and the care, guidance and support offered to pupils is excellent. As a result, pupils make exceptional progress.
Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School and Sixth Form College is a Specialist Science College a National Support School and designated Teaching School which has also been accredited with a number of national awards including Sportsmark , Artsmark, and ICTmars. The school, led by Headteacher Denis Oliver, consistently performs exceptionally well in academic performance League Tables, invariably exceeding both National and Local Education Authority averages. Holmes Chapel leads the Chimney House Teaching School Foundation which aims to raise standards through collaboration by developing the professional expertise of the adult members and putting in place and promoting lifelong learning opportunities for all members of its learning community.
The Chimney House Teaching Schools Foundation is an alliance of the following Schools: Alsager High, Brine Leas High, Congleton High, Eaton Bank High, Holmes Chapel Comprehensive, Sandbach School, Sandbach High and Sixth Form College, Malbank High and Sixth Form College, Middlewich High and Shavington High.
The Fallibroome Academy is a high achieving, mixed comprehensive school, with an outstanding Sixth Form and a proud history of success. It is well known as 'a place for excellence' and their academic, sporting, artistic and community achievements place them in the top rank of state schools in England and Wales.
Best Practice Network manages the Outstanding Leaders Partnership, using its experience of national programme delivery to ensure that the leadership curriculum is delivered to the highest standard possible. Best Practice Network's team is led by Phil Holden, an experienced programme manager and former senior leader in schools.
Tyntesfield Primary School, Sale, is a much improving school led by Kylie Spark. The latest Ofsted inspection reported that "the dynamic leadership of the Headteacher is rejuvenating the school". The school is part of the Trafford Learning Partnership and is helping to improve the quality of teaching and leadership across the Partnership. Kylie Spark is a key member of our NPQH management and delivery team and will be leading NPQH face-to-face sessions.
Whirley Primary School, Macclesfield is a good and improving school under the exceptional leadership of its Headteacher John Rowan. Whirley Primary has already gained the Artsmark, Activemark and International Schools awards.
Wade Deacon High School in Widnes was designated TES 'Secondary School of the Year 2012' and achieved outstanding in every category In Ofsted inspection March 2011. Executive Headteacher, Pamela Wright OBE is an NLE and Professional Partner, supporting and mentoring Headteachers. Wade Deacon has worked with three partner schools in the Gaining Ground Programme, offering tailored support to each school. Results increased significantly over three years, especially 5+A*‐C including English and Maths. The school supported Hesketh Fletcher in the Manchester Challenge initiative and led Farnworth C of E Primary School out of special measures.
The Outstanding Leaders Partnership led by Ashton on Mersey School and managed by Best Practice Network is licensed by the National College to provide leadership qualifications throughout the northwest region.
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National College for School Leadership’s National Professional Qualification for Middle Leadership (NPQML), National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL), and National Professional Qualification for Headship (NPQH) are delivered under license by the Outstanding Leaders Partnership.