About Us

 Together we work smarter

The West Hertfordshire Teaching Schools Partnership is proud to be one of the first Teaching Schools to be designated in 2011. It was initially formed from a partnership between Bovingdon Primary Academy and Hammond Academy. These schools, now in collaboration with The Grove Academy, Bedmond Academy, Broadfield Academy and Knutsford Primary Academy are part of Aspire Academies Trust a multi academy trust based in Hertfordshire. 

The West Herts Teaching School is a growing Alliance of schools in Hertfordshire. There are currently over 80 Hertfordshire schools in the Alliance.

In a self-improving school system, more control and responsibility passes to the local level in a spirit of mutual aid between school leaders and their colleagues, who are morally committed to imaginative and sustainable ways of achieving more ambitious and better outcomes.
David Hargreaves - Creating a Self Improving School System - 2010

All schools who become members of the West Herts Teaching School Partnership are able to contribute to and benefit from innovative support to help improve learning outcomes for pupils and staff. 

Teaching schools have an important role to play in a school-led system and school improvement. Teaching schools are centres of excellence, taking a more focused role that prioritises:

  • co-ordinating and providing high quality school-led initial teacher training (ITT)
  • providing high-quality school-to-school support to spread excellent practice, particularly to schools that need it most
  •  providing evidence-based professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network

In order to ensure a self-improving, school-led system, teaching schools are required to operate by the following principles:

Effective delivery- Each teaching school alliance effectively delivers across all 3 areas of core activity: ITT; continuing professional development (CPD) and leadership development; school-to-school support.

Accountability- In order to ensure credibility and high impact of all teaching schools, they must adhere to requirements set by NCTL and co-operate with necessary reporting processes.

System leadership and engagement- Teaching schools build an effective alliance of schools, and work strategically with other schools and providers within their regional and sub-regional networks to ensure every school can engage in school-led improvement.

Continuous improvement- Each teaching school is required to pursue continuous improvement supported by the peer review process in order to develop and achieve/ sustain maturity of provision.

School-led initial teacher training- They are expected to provide school-led initial teacher training through School Direct (as a lead or partner), by running a SCITT or by offering placements working in partnership with a SCITT and achieve positive impact on trainee outcomes. In addition, drive improvement externally by ensuring newly-qualified teachers are recruited to schools in areas of need.