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Gawthorpe Academy prides itself on providing an extremely high standard of education. Our curriculum is exciting and innovative. Every effort is made to ensure all children achieve their full potential. A strong emphasis is placed on basic skills alongside a curriculum, which promotes, sports, dance, ICT, art and the humanities. We pride ourselves in having a totally committed staff team who are relentless in their drive to offer a curriculum which is broad, challenging, creative and inspiring. Opportunities are created within this curriculum for rich and memorable experiences.
Our academy is at the very heart of the community we serve, taking part in annual traditional events such as the World Coal Carrying Competition and May Day weekends. On site we have a second phase Children's Centre which reaches out to the communities of Gawthorpe and Ossett. The centre is linked to our Nursery, which provides wrap around care for children from the age of 3.
Lunchtimes are well thought out and provide exciting opportunities for children to engage in quality play which encourages team building and turn taking. In November 2011 the Academy was the first in the country to be awarded the Quality in Play Mark.
We are part of Education Ossett Community Trust. As part of the Trust we work in close partnership with other schools and academies serving the Ossett community promoting the highest standards of education for children aged 3 to 18.
We pride ourselves on being a National Support School and working in partnership with Crigglestone St James CE Primary Academy being one of the first teaching schools in the country.
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Gawthorpe Designated a Teaching SchoolAdded 15/07
Together, Gawthorpe Community Primary School and Crigglestone St James CE (VC) J and I School are to form one of the first teaching schools in the country.
As two outstanding Primary schools in Wakefield, Gawthorpe Community Primary and St James J & I schools have jointly become one of the first Teaching Schools in the country. They have been selected for an important new role aimed at further raising standards.
Together, with Wakefield Local Authority as a strategic partner they are one of only 100 schools in England to be granted teaching school status - a new designation to lead the training and professional development for staff in schools across the Wakefield district.
The schools in partnership with the Local Authority were selected by the National College for School Leadership which had about 1,200 expressions of interest in the first recruitment round. Staff from both schools will now be invited to the National College's Learning and Conference Centre in Nottingham in September for a formal induction.
The milestone marks a shift towards school-centred training and development. The Gawthorpe Primary School and St James J&I Teaching School form an Alliance of Strategic Partners including Wakefield Local Authority and The Wakefield Partnership for Initial Teacher Training, 16 primary Schools, 2 special schools, Huddersfield University and Leeds Metropolitan University. The teaching school will be responsible for leading the partnership to deliver high quality support for teachers and leaders at all stages in their career.
Colleen Gibson, Headteacher at Crigglestone St James CE (VC) J and I School, said: "The governors and staff of St James' are thrilled that our school has achieved the accolade of being selected as one of the first Teaching Schools nationally. As a Teaching School we are committed to working in partnership with Gawthorpe Community Primary School and our strategic partners to develop the highest possible standards of teaching and learning, not just in our own school, but across our region and beyond, improving life chances for our children."
Sue Vickerman, Headteacher at Gawthorpe Community Primary School said: "We are delighted to have been selected for this important new role; our selection reflects the exceptional work of our staff. The staff at Gawthorpe is committed not only to developing teaching and learning at our own school but supporting staff in other schools. We are very pleased to be working in partnership with staff at St James School in developing as a teaching school."
Cllr Olivia Rowley, Wakefield Council's Cabinet Member for Children and Young People said: "The Local Authority is absolutely delighted that together St James J&I School and Gawthorpe J&I School have become one of the first 100 schools in the country to have gained Teaching School' status. This is testament not only to the two outstanding primary schools but also to the hard work and commitment of all leaders within the strategic partnership. The development of the 'Teaching School' will benefit all children and young people across Wakefield".
The National College has responsibility for the designation and quality of the teaching schools programme, working closely with the Department for Education (DfE) and Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA) as the national network grows to 500 teaching schools by 2014.
Steve Munby, Chief Executive of the National College, said: "To take on this role, teaching schools need to be among the best in the country - outstanding in their own performance and have a track record of raising standards through school-to-school support."
"Over time teaching schools will harness the finest teaching talent in the profession to drive school improvement, and bring real benefits to pupils. Trainees will learn from the best teachers in action and those who want to step up to more senior leadership positions will be exposed to excellent practice within and beyond their immediate school."
The first year of the programme will be a design and development phase. As they develop, teaching schools working with other schools and universities will help to provide a strong supply of new teachers, develop leaders and the next generation of heads, and support schools in challenging circumstances.×