The trust that runs Thornbury’s Castle School has been chosen to help train the next generation of teachers

July 28 2017
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The Castle School Education Trust (CSET) has been awarded national teaching school status in a joint enterprise with Bradley Stoke Community School.

The Castle School Education Trust (CSET) has been awarded national teaching school status in a joint enterprise with Bradley Stoke Community School.

As a partnership, they will work together on key aspects of local education provision.

Although Bradley Stoke has been named as the lead school in the arrangement, CSET is an equal partner and staff will work alongside each other on the project.

Teaching schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession. 

They identify and develop leadership potential, provide support for other schools to bring about improvements and work to raise teaching standards.  

Will Roberts, the CSET chief executive, said: “Teaching schools play a fundamental role in developing a system where trainee teachers learn from the best, where professional development is school-based and classroom focused and staff demonstrating potential are encouraged to lead.”

Bradley Stoke Community School was the founding school of the Olympus Academy Trust that now comprises seven South Gloucestershire schools.

It is already working with CSET in providing support for Winterbourne International Academy (WIA) to get it out of special measures, with the Castle School’s headteacher Peter Smart currently acting as interim principal at Winterbourne.

As reported in last month’s Thornbury Voice, Mr Smart will continue on secondment at  Winterbourne during the next academic year, with Angie Browne taking on the role of interim head at the Castle School for 2017-18.