Strategic Lead Schools

Some alliance members are schools that take a strategic lead for some of the teaching school alliance delivery. The following schools work in partnership to plan, deliver and evaluate training in one of the key areas of the Big 6:

Ramshaw Primary School and St Chad’s RC Primary School, Headteacher, Mr D. Brown. I'm currently in the position of being Head Teacher of two schools. Ramshaw Primary and St. Chad's RC Primary School are two small schools in rural Teesdale. In both schools, we have excellent staff. We invest heavily in developing effective teams. We do this with a great deal of support, respect, encouragement, sharing of ideas, and celebration to keep our outlooks positive. With one school judged 'Good' by Ofsted and the other 'Outstanding', it demonstrates our belief in the importance of having a forward thinking, positive and enabled staff and shows that this translates into better outcomes for the children. We also find that having systems and procedures that work for us, rather than against us, can often make the job just that little bit easier. We're always happy to 'tweak' a system to make it work better for us. Find out more about our beliefs, practices and successes on our website www.ramshaw.durham.sch.uk and www.st-chads.durham.sch.uk

Crook Primary School, Headteacher, Mrs A. Lupton. Crook Primary is a large primary school of 373 children situated in the small town of Crook. Twenty nine percent of our children are in receipt of free school meals. We are a school where over the years much innovation has taken place from being part of the ICT Test Bed project to having many international links. We are a partnership school for High Force Education and view succession planning as key to our success. Our website is www.crookprimary.org.uk.

Our Lady and St Thomas RC Primary School, Headteacher, Mrs F. Gowland. Our Lady & St Thomas is a small, Roman Catholic Primary School with 120 pupils. Our curriculum is creative and stimulating and provides local and international opportunities for our staff and pupils. As a small school we appreciate being part of a strong cluster which provides exciting learning opportunities for all. We enjoy sharing and exchanging ideas with others and would welcome the opportunity to do this on a wider scale. Our website is www.olst.org.uk.

St Benet’s RC Primary School, Headteacher, Miss Catherine Harper. St Benet's is a one form entry Catholic Primary school. We have a strong tradition here for promoting teaching and learning and engaging with the community that we serve. We have a long standing specialism in developing Thinking Skills and this is central to our pedagogy. We make extensive use of Thinking Maps, Six Thinking Hats and Philosophy for Children. We aim for excellence in all that we do and have a successful reputation in supporting teaching and learning through outreach work with other schools." There is nothing more satisfying than helping a fellow professional develop their practise” Our website is www.st-benets.durham.sch.uk.

Bowes Hutchinson's Endowed C.E Aided Primary, Headteacher, Mrs C. Matthewman. Bowes Hutchinson’s C of E Primary School is a small, friendly village school with small class sizes providing personalised learning for children. We recognise our role within the community and the importance of positive home- school links; we also have close links with St Giles’ Church, providing an education of the highest quality within the context of Christian belief and practice. We aim to encourage children’s understanding of the wider world by providing opportunities for them to learn about, and from, other cultures, developing an awareness of the wider world through rich cultural and international contacts. Our website is www.boweshutchinsonschool.org.uk.

Fishburn Primary School, Headteacher, Mr D. Eason. Fishnburn Primary School is an average size primary school with 210 pupils on role. We have 29% of pupils in receipt of Free School meals. We were a pilot school for the DFE innovation unit with regards to the introduction of School Business Managers and were rated in the top 10 most successful projects in England. We helped develop the SBM qualifications at each level.

We pride ourselves on our approach to curriculum which OFSTED referred to as ‘excellent’ in 2014. We want school to be the best possible experience for pupils.  Our curriculum has ‘the spoken word’ at its centre, we believe that pupils cannot write or use a word if they have never heard it (which is pretty obvious!) and therefore have ‘experiences’ as a vital core to what we offer.  We are a partner school with Andrell (Big Write and Big Read), writing and reading are a consistent strength.

We use the concept of ‘Forest Schools’ throughout school and have close links with  a company called Thrills and Skills for life where we focus on personal and group skills working with ex or future military personnel .

Fishburn Primary loves to work  with other schools, but is adverse to ‘trends’ in education which we often note waste millions. We know we can learn more from colleagues than anywhere else. Why not check out our website; www.fishburn.durham.sch.uk  or our social media site at; https://www.makewav.es/fishburnprimary  We believe passionately about system leadership, hence our involvement with DTSA.