Sacred Heart Catholic High School, Excelsior Academy, St Cuthberts RC High School, Sacred Heart Primary School, St Cuthberts Primary School


Sacred Heart Catholic High School was proud to be designated as one of the first national Teaching Schools in July 2011. Sacred Heart's Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of over 20 Primary and Secondary phase schools in the North East. Our strategic partners: Newcastle LA and Newcastle University support the alliance in a number of areas including Initial Teacher Training and school to school support.


Sacred Heart and its strategic partner schools; St Cuthbert's High School, Excelsior Academy and Sacred Heart R C  Primary, are working together to raise the achievement of all students in our schools and beyond.  We also share and coordinate expertise and in doing so strengthen the professionalism, leadership and experience of teachers in this region.


Teacher Training:

Details of our teacher training offer are available on our SCITT website


The role of Teaching Schools

Teaching schools play a fundamental role in developing a self-sustaining system where:


  • Trainee teachers learn from the best teachers, supported by a culture of coaching and mentoring

  • Professional development is school-based and classroom focused - teachers, support staff and leaders improve through exposure to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school, through observation, mentoring, coaching, practice, reflection and sharing with peers

  • Talent development and distributed leadership are the norm - staff demonstrating potential are encouraged to lead and are  given structured and stretching opportunities to grow and develop

  • Leaders have local knowledge and can identify where key resources and expertise lie


As well as offering training and support, teaching schools will identify and co-ordinate expertise in partner schools, using the best leaders and teachers to:


  • Play a greater role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession (initial teacher training)

  • Lead peer-to-peer professional and leadership development (continuing professional development)

  • Identify and develop leadership potential (succession planning and talent management)

  • Provide support for other schools

  • Designate and broker specialist leaders of education (SLEs)

  • Engage in research and development activity