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Teaching School

St Mary's College is one of the top 100 highest performing state secondary schools in the country, demonstrating a commitment to our students and community, collaborating with partners both locally and internationally to be the best Teaching School we can be.

Who we are

St Mary’s College has earned a strong reputation over a sustained period. Having maintained our outstanding Ofsted accreditation for almost a decade we continue to be rated as one of the top 100 highest performing state secondary schools in the country year on year. In 2017 the College was awarded World Class School status and became one of only two Lead World Class Schools in the UK in 2018, acting as a best practice hub for schools across the country. We have established strong links with partners across the region, nationally and internationally and across all key stages and phases. As a National Support School for a number of years, we have demonstrated our commitment to working collaboratively to support improvements to education both locally and regionally and continue to do so through our work as a Teaching School. St Mary’s College Teaching School operates within a broad alliance maximising the offer and opportunities.

What we currently offer

These include:

  • Structured CPLD packages including Initial Teacher Training, programmes for NQTs and a range of National Professional Qualifications (NPQs) for leaders at all levels.
  • Experience days in a range of areas.
  • Best Practice visits to St Mary’s College for specific subjects or leadership foci.
  • Quality assurance visits either at subject or whole school level
  • Mentoring and/or coaching from experienced system leaders
  • Bespoke school to school support
  • Pupil Premium Reviews

Our System Leaders are experienced in delivering a range of support and we have the capacity to respond to needs across all phases, curriculum areas and leadership levels. Pen portraits can be found on the St Mary’s College website.

Members of staff from St Mary's College and across the St Cuthbert's RC Academy Trust are both Specialist Leaders of Education (SLEs) and National Leaders of Education (NLEs).

NLEs and SLEs are outstanding middle and senior leaders with a particular area of expertise and the skills to develop the leadership capacity of colleagues in similar positions in other schools.

The profiles of our NLEs and SLEs can be found on the document below:

Contact us: If you require any further information regarding any of the CPLD programmes or support our Teaching School may be able to offer, please contact: