The Crypt School was designated as a teaching school in March 2013.

Teaching schools are part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom and to enable schools to take increasing responsibility for managing the education system. Teaching schools give outstanding schools a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and head teachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support.


We aim to work collaboratively with partner schools in our alliance by actively providing support and training, helping to identify and develop key areas for improvement and in essence, we wish to establish a lasting partnership where everyone involved feels able to share ideas and give valuable input as well as receiving various benefits that come with being part of the partnership. We are very open in working with non-partner schools or schools who are in other alliances if they require a specific area of expertise that we can offer.

The six main areas of development as defined by the government are;
•    Initial Teacher Training / School Direct
•    CPD / Leadership Development
•    Succession Planning and Talent Management
•    School to School Support
•    Specialist Leaders of Education
•    Research and Development


Alliances may be cross phase and cross sector, work across local authorities and may include different types of organisations. We currently have partnerships with 11 Secondary schools, a growing number of Primary schools as well as with the University of Gloucestershire and University of Bristol.

ITT/School Direct

We have good relationships with the Universities of Gloucestershire and Bristol and we currently have 4 PGCE students and have 4 NQTs.  We have a representative for ITT who regularly meets with partner schools to offer support and share good practice and we also host events for NQTs and ITT students throughout the year.


  CPD 2015MLP Booklet

Other exciting CPD events are being arranged for next year

so please keep an eye on this website for further updates

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Succession Planning and Talent Management

The idea is that any talent which comes through student placement (ITT) or staff within the alliance should have the opportunity to move into posts which are in the next stage in their career development. The Crypt school will always develop the pedagogy of its staff and will endeavour to encourage career progression.

School to School Support

We have already supported and are continuing to support various schools in a range of subjects such as Geography, Art and Science as well as curriculum development and developing schemes of work for new courses. We have a valuable pool of excellent teachers who are willing to visit and support our partner schools.  

Specialist Leaders in Education (SLE)

We have identified teachers in our partnership that are outstanding members of staff in their field that can be used in other schools to develop good practice. More details will follow. 

We now have seven excellent SLEs with a wide variety of specialisms. Profiles of each individual will be added here soon.

If you would like further information on how they can support your school, please contact us.

Research and Development

The National College has identified a number of ways in which Teaching Schools can engage in, and promote, research and development.
•    undertaking research and development projects locally to identify and/or help tackle key school improvement priorities
•    participation in the national research and development themes projects for 2012-14:
We are currently funding 10 Research & Development Projects as well as another four larger projects supporting primary school curriculum developments. These R&D projects will be completed by June 2015 and the results will be presented at a CPD event at The Crypt School next year. 


If you would like any further information about the partnership or would like to join, please do get in touch.
Head of Teaching School – Charlotte Sturge csturge@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk
Or Teaching School Administrator – Louise Price lprice@crypt.gloucs.sch.uk


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