Our Teaching School

The Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance is a collaboration of schools, universities and learning trusts in the south of Hertfordshire and Buckinghamshire. We have combined with the aim of sustaining and promoting an exceptional quality of education for the students and communities we serve. Each organisation involved shares a common ethos focused upon the delivery of outstanding student outcome, has a proven track record of good practice and a desire to deliver world class education.

There are ten Strategic Partners comprising seven schools, one ESC, the University of Hertfordshire and the learning trust formed by Hertfordshire local authoritiy. In addition there are over 20 further schools who operate as Alliance Partners, together with five universities, and formal links established with other teaching schools. We are represented by secondary and primary schools, together with schools from the state and private sector. Faith schools are represented at both primary and secondary level together with those with a specific specialism such as educational support units. Some secondary provision represents grammar schools but the majority is comprehensive with examples of both co – education and single gender provision.

Thus, the range of schools within the Alliance serve communities from a complete cross section of social and economic backgrounds and hence reflect the broad span of issues faced within modern education. This combination, across all types and stages of education, ensures the Herts and Bucks Teaching School Alliance has the resources to deliver the range of services associated with a teaching school.

Data clearly demonstrates that schools collaborating within the Alliance improve student outcomes at key points of assessment and hence their subsequent life opportunities. Likewise the programmes for school improvement delivered by the Alliance have a proven positive impact on the performance of recipient schools. The Alliance is a clear working model of collaboration facilitating improvement and excellence.


The Governance of the Herts & Bucks Teaching School Alliance is undertaken by a Strategic Leadership Group comprising representatives of the Teaching School and Strategic Partners. This group meets each term and oversees Teaching School delivery.

In addition there are six Management Leads representing schools across the Alliance. The Management Group follows a similar meeting schedule to the Strategic Leadership Group but focuses upon specific implementation of the Teaching School agenda. The six groups are as follows with the named school taking the lead:

Initial Teacher Training Parmiter’s School (Herts) and Dr Challoner's High School (Bucks)   
Continuing Professional & Leadership Development St Michael’s Catholic High School
Research and Development The Reach Free School in collaboration with the St Clement Danes Challenge Partners hub
Specialist Leaders of Education St Clement Danes School
School to School Support St Clement Danes School
Leadership St Clement Danes School & St Michael's Catholic High School

All initial contact for any aspect of Teaching School delivery should be addressed to:

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