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A Teaching School Alliance for Yorkshire and the Humber

We are the Green Light Teaching School Alliance – a partnership of schools and institutions sharing our skills, experience, talent and capacity to help improve learning and achievement in schools across Yorkshire and the Humber. Browse the site to find out more about the alliance, our training and support and how you and your school can become part of a group that is ‘stronger together.


National Teaching School

National Teaching Schools


Shelley College

Shelley College / Secondary School

Shelley College is a highly successful 13-18 comprehensive secondary school, achieving excellent outcomes for our highly committed students. In May 2013 we were judged ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted and achieved Investors in People, Gold.

‘Valuing people, supporting personal best’

Principal: John McNally
Teaching School Director with responsibility for
Teaching School Partnerships: Rebecca Hesmondhalgh

Teaching School Administrative Co-ordinator: Catherine Duncan

T: 01484 868777
A: Huddesfield Road, Huddersfield, HD8 8NL

 Heaton Avenue primary

Heaton Avenue Primary / Primary School

Heaton Avenue Primary School is a 3-11 community school situated in Cleckheaton.

The school staff are friendly, innovative and hardworking, providing a vibrant learning environment for all our children.

The school is an integral part of the community where everyone works together to enable children feel valued and respected so they are empowered to always give their best. The school was judged to be ‘Outstanding’ in all areas by Ofsted (October 2008).

Our strengths include:

  • Behaviour, Safeguarding & Attendance
  • SEN
  • English, Mathematics and Science
  • Phonics and Early Years
  • PE
  • Training, coaching, mentoring, facilitating NQTs, students, NPQML

Headteacher: Michelle Lee
For more information, visit our website.



East Bierley First School

Holmfirth J I & N School / Primary School

Holmfirth Junior, Infant & Nursery School is a large primary school in the Holme Valley. We provide education for children aged between 3-11 years.

At Holmfirth J I & N School our CLEAR values are:

We aim to develop confidence in a range of contexts: confidence to try new things, confidence to take risks, confidence to share feelings and findings, confidence to ask questions and seek answers for clarity, depth and insight, confidence to present a point of view and confidence to make independent choices.

We aim to develop a love and appreciation of learning, where challenge is viewed as opportunity to progress. We aim to develop understanding of the learning process, where pupils recognise that they may favour particular styles and situations, and that learning is not always strategic and sequential.

We aim to foster a sense of enjoyment. Sometimes, this will be seen during activities; sometimes, this will materialise upon reflection. Sometimes, enjoyment will stem from the nature of the activity; at other times, it may stem from the approach. Enjoyment must be seen as more than fun, but rather the benefit that arises. Therefore, we aim to encourage pupils to consider a range of factors that have impacted upon their quality of experience.

We aim for all pupils to strive for, and recognise achievement in a wide variety of subjects, including communication, science and mathematics, the arts, sport, humanities and computing. Achievement also exists within personal contexts, where children have shown the qualities of endurance or determination, or have overcome obstacles. Achievement is both short and long term. We aim to praise, encourage and sustain achievement so that learning continues to flourish.

We aim for all pupils to recognise and understand their own feelings, and to respond to others in a positive way. We aim to promote awareness of different cultures and faiths, and the importance of similarities and differences. We aim to develop appreciation and tolerance, so that respect is given to all. Respect for one another should not be passive, but rather active, where pupils reach out to others, individually, as a small group, or collectively as a class or school, to make a difference.

Acting Headteacher: Julian Rose
For more information, visit our website.

Paddock School

Paddock / Junior Infant and Nursery School

Paddock Junior Infant and Nursery School is a multicultural 2-11 community school situated in Huddersfield. The staff and governors are very proud of our children and our school. We have a welcoming and caring atmosphere, which is soon apparent to visitors. The school works very closely with the community to ensure that the best provision is provided to both children and families inside and outside normal working hours. We pride ourselves on having outstanding behaviour in and around school. Our strengths include:

• Behaviour and Safety of Pupils

• Personal, social and health education through THRIVE approach

• Curriculum development through TASC (Thinking Actively in a Social Context)

• English, talk for writing

• Phonics


• Facilitating NQTs and ITT students

Headteacher: Sallie Lumb
For more information, visit our website.

East Bierley First School

Crow Lane / Foundation Stage School

We are an average-sized primary school based in Milnsbridge, close to Huddersfield centre, catering for children from 3 – 11.

Our school is a happy place where children and staff work hard, try their best and enjoy learning. We strive to provide all of our pupils with the skills, knowledge and mindset that will see them always do their best, embrace challenges and recognise that if they aim high anything is possible.

Headteacher: Martin Vayro
For more information, visit our website.

 Golcar JIN

Golcar JIN / Primary School

We are a larger than average Junior, Infant and Nursery School nestled in the Pennine hills of the Colne Valley, close to Huddersfield.

Our school has a welcoming, happy and calm atmosphere and provides a close and caring environment for children and families. 

We firmly believe that school should be fun as well as challenging, and we aim to give children rich and varied learning experiences ensuring the very best outcomes for all. We have a very strong commitment to inclusion with provision of opportunities for every child to be able to achieve their potential both academically, socially and in other areas in readiness for the next phase of their learning journey.

At Golcar JI & N our aims are built firmly on three core values:  

LEARNING We provide stimulating and challenging opportunities which enable everyone to fulfil or exceed their potential and develop a love of learning.  

RESPECT We value everyone and everything, and respect all opinions and needs.  

WELL-BEING We ensure there is a safe, happy environment that encourages the development of confident, inquisitive children with high self-esteem.

Headteacher: Gill Dyson
For more information, visit our website. 

Battyeford JIN

Battyeford JIN / Primary School

Our vision is for Battyeford CE (C) Primary School to be a provider of outstanding education forall childrenin line with the Church of England ethos. We believe it is important that our children feel valued, safe, cared for, happy and have the confidence to reach their full potential.

Headteacher: Simon Sloan
For more information, visit our website.

Royds Hall Community School

Royds Hall Community School / 4-16 School

Royds Hall is a successful and over-subscribed school catering for 880 students aged 4 – 16 with a strong reputation in our local community and a growing national reputation for excellence.

We are delighted to have:

  • Happy, confident and aspirational students who express a real pride in their school
  • Expert staff an all areas with a passion for learning and a determination to ensure all children grow and achieve in a safe and nurturing environment
  • Calm and purposeful classrooms
  • Excellent partnerships between students, staff, parents, governors and community
  • A forward-thinking and innovative approach to teaching and learning throughout the school

Headteacher: Jeremy Haigh
For more information, visit our website.

Whitcliffe Mount

Whitcliffe Mount / High School

Whitcliffe Mount School is an 11-16 comprehensive school.  The school is located on a pleasant green-field site on the outskirts of Cleckheaton. The school’s ethos is based upon a view that all students and staff should ENJOY, ACHIEVE & CELEBRATE at Whitcliffe Mount.  We are committed to raising standards of student achievement, but in an environment which sees education as an exciting and enjoyable activity. The school was visited by Ofsted in December 2013 and was judged to be Good in all respects.

We actively encourage young people to develop teamwork, creativity, positive thinking, independence and reflective skills both within the curriculum and through extra- curricular activities.  Alongside this we ensure our students develop confidence, a love of learning and are ready for the wider world of education and work when they leave school.  

Headteacher: Jennifer Templar
For more information, visit our website.

Whitcliffe Mount

Upper Batley / High School

At Upper Batley High School we are an aspirational, ambitious and forward thinking learning community dedicated to educational success. We strive for excellence in everything we do and we are committed to securing great futures and the best life chances for every young man in our care. We aim to give our learners who are from various backgrounds the education they deserve to transform their lives.

Our Motto: Educating Tomorrow’s Successful Men.

We offer an open invitation to visit our school and see first-hand the passion, dedication, drive and determination our whole school community shares in our pursuit of excellence. Come along to visit and you will both see an ethos of hard work, ambition and high aspiration. You can really feel the Batley Buzz. We look forward to showing you around our school.

Headteacher: Samantha Vickers
For more information, visit our website.


Birkenshaw CE (C) / Primary School

Birkenshaw CE (C) Primary School is a large voluntary controlled Church Primary school. We provide education for children aged between 3-11 years.

We are a welcoming and supportive school, where everyone feels valued and respected in a happy, safe and stimulating environment. We pride ourselves on high standards and encourage everyone to become confident lifelong learners, so that they are equipped to live life fully and to contribute to the lives of others.

The school has an extensive and attractive site, which includes a well-established wildlife conservation area, including a pond and mature woodland, a kitchen garden, a ball court and purpose designed play areas.
We have a strong environmental focus and hold the Eco Schools Green Flag Award and Fair Trade School Status.

Headteacher: Rebecca Martin
For more information, visit our website.

Castle Hall

Castle Hall / Academy

Castle Hall is an exciting, successful and popular mixed 11-16 Academy specialising in Languages in the West Yorkshire town of Mirfield.

We converted to Academy status in September 2011. Building upon our strengths and experiences as a Grant Maintained and then Foundation school, We believe that Academy status gives us the freedom to make decisions in the best interests of our students. We are, however, determined that the Academy will remain ‘outward- looking’ and will continue to serve its core communities of Mirfield and Ravensthorpe.

In February 2015, Castle Hall Academy was inspected by OFSTED and given a ‘Good’ rating for all aspects of its work. We are delighted with this recognition and we are currently working on our plan to take the Academy towards the goal of being outstanding.

 Our Vision

Castle Hall will be the Academy of choice, where everyone will have the opportunity, the support and the encouragement to flourish and succeed.
We will achieve our vision by:

  • Placing students at the heart of everything we do;
  • Being an exciting Academy with innovative approaches to learning;
  • Ensuring our practice reflects our inclusive ethos;
  • Creating the environment in which every single person will be offered  the opportunity to develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge required to have strong personal confidence;
  • Seeing Castle Hall Academy not only as a building but as a community.

This is the basis for everything we do.

Headteacher: Mr A. Pugh
For more information, visit our website or contact us at

Emley First School

Emley First School

At Emley First School we keep moving forward, opening up new doors and learning new things, because we are curious ……. and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths and teaching us new things. We are safe, we care, we are happy and our future is bright!

Our values:

As children take their footsteps through school we encourage and work towards giving children good self-belief which comes from having a sense of belonging, identity, self-control and worthiness. This alongside our partnership with the love and nurturing given by their family or carer gives children greater life chances.

Headteacher: Anne Kaye

For more information, visit our website.


Westborough High School

Westborough was built in 1960 and continues to go from strength to strength. We have Foundation School status having forged close relationships with our partners, Heckmondwide Grammar School, Kirklees College, Kirklees Council and the University of Huddersfield.

At Westborough High School, pupils have the opportunity to take part in a wide range of activities to help them become fully rounded individuals, ranging from dance clubs, school productions to sports clubs. We want this to add to the range of activities available to them in the wider community.

We have high expectations and want all our pupils to achieve and enjoy their time at Westborough High School.

Headteacher: Jennifer Napper

For more information, visit our website.

High Bank

High Bank School

High Bank School is a Junior, Infant and Nursery school that prides itself on being an integral part of the local community. We have approximately 150 children on roll ranging from Nursery to year 6.

Our motto is clear “All Different, All Valued.”

Emphasis is placed upon the establishment of good relationships between staff and children and we believe strongly in the partnership between home and school. We want families to be actively involved in supporting children's learning and the school. OFSTED (2016) noted that "School staff are particularly successful in engaging pupils and improving their self-esteem and belief in their own abilities".

We aim for children to develop awareness of responsibilities towards themselves, others, and the environment. They are actively encouraged to make positive contributions to their own education, school and community in general. We are a happy, positive school and look forward to a productive time and successful future.

Headteacher:  Kathryn Chubb

For more information, visit our website.

High Bank

Scholes Village Primary School

Scholes Village Primary School is at the heart of the local community catering for children in the age range 3-11 years.  Our parents and visitors often comment about the welcoming and friendly atmosphere of the school which we are careful to nurture.

We are proud of our school, particularly the achievements of our children.  Staff work in close partnership with parents as we believe that children learn best when school and home work closely together.

Children get one chance at education and at Scholes we aim to give them the very best possible start. As a result we are constantly striving to improve what we can offer. Learning Outside the Classroom and Enterprise are two areas through which we drive the other areas of the curriculum.

Headteacher: Sam Marriott

For more information, visit our website.


Whitechapel C of E Primary School

Whitechapel C of E Primary School was established as a new school in September 2011 through the technical closure and amalgamation of the communities of Moorend C E First School and St Luke’s C E First School. Initially the school operated across the existing split sites of the two schools. In September 2012 the newly refurbished school building was completed and the school has now relocated to the purpose built accommodation on the Whitechapel Road site.

We are a school which believes in the value of every child and adult who enters our doors. As such we want all those who become part of our school community to feel valued, happy, respected and to recognise their role in supporting us to make our school “Outstanding.”

Headteacher: Michelle Bouabida

For more information, visit our website or contact 01274 335248.

St Marys

Gomersal St. Mary's CE(C) Primary School

We are a small primary school in Gomersal, Kirklees, catering for children ages 3 - 11. We believe that all children deserve the best and our aim is to help them succeed by reaching their potential in every area of school life – academic, social, personal, physical and spiritual.

We are proud of our children. They act as fantastic ambassadors for our school participating in extended links with other schools, St Mary’s Church, and in the local community. We offer a warm and caring environment which enables children to feel safe and secure as they grow, learn and develop. We hope by the time the children leave us they will have developed a good sense of self-worth and a stimulated mind, so that they are happy and motivated as they continue on their journey through education.

Headteacher: Jane Barker

For more information, visit our website.

Gomersal Primary

Gomersal Primary School

We are a school where children enjoy learning through a rich, varied and creative curriculum and where achievement in all aspects of a child’s life is celebrated

We believe it is important that our children know they are valued, have the confidence to reach their full potential and have the skills required to be lifelong learners. We aim for our pupils to develop caring, confident and tolerant attitudes and here at Gomersal Primary School we provide the curriculum, environment, expertise and resources to allow this to happen.

Headteacher: Melanie Cox

For more information, visit our website.

Howard Park

Howard Park Community School

Our school is a larger than average sized primary school with pupils on roll from aged 3-11, serving the local area of Cleckheaton, a small but vibrant town in West Yorkshire. Our school offers a broad and balanced curriculum, geared to the individual needs of all children in a secure, very nurturing environment.

We are proud to provide a fun and enjoyable learning journey which enables all children to reach towards their full potential; these values are reinforced by all staff and Governors, shared by all pupils and evident throughout the school.

Our pupils receive a high quality and individually challenging education designed to promote empowerment and independence which creating enjoyment and enthusiasm for learning. In an environment where children feel valued and staff have increasingly high expectations, we encourage every pupil to become self-reliant, responsible, well-motivated and to develop their moral, social and spiritual skills to their full potential.

Headteacher: Mr M Newby

For more information, visit our website.

Crossley Fields

Crossley Fields Junior and Infant School

Crossley Fields is a larger than average sized school located in Mirfield, West Yorkshire. Education for life is at the heart of everything we do at Crossley Fields.Our school promotes and celebrates individuality and community. We aim to nurture and support every child; value everyone’s unique contribution to open up a world of opportunities. Crossley Fields is a place of safety where firm boundaries guide and support; where high expectations lead to learning; where care and respect build self-esteem and self-belief.

We aim to develop assertive, independent, confident and responsible young people who are ambitious and determined to achieve their potential within a supportive and positive community.

Headteacher: Mrs T Dell

For more information, visit our website.



Teaching Leaders

Teaching Leaders is a national education charity. Our mission is to address educational disadvantage by growing a movement of outstanding middle leaders. We do this through our leadership development programmes that have impact on pupil outcomes embedded throughout.

We were set up in 2008 in partnership with Ark, the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL), Teach First and the Future Leaders Charitable Trust. Our programmes are designed by a team of experts and draw upon the expertise of our Leadership Faculty, which is led by Andy Buck (ex-NCTL and former headteacher) and includes educationalists such as Professor Toby Greany (Institute of Education), David Bartram (London Leadership Strategy) & David Weston (Teacher Development Trust).

For more information, visit our website.

Chimp Management

Chimp Management / The Mind Management Programme

Prof Steve Peters, creator of the ground breaking mind model, 'The Chimp Paradox'.

The mind management programme for confidence, success and happiness.

Dr Kate Goodger (BSc, PGCE, MSc, PhD, C. Psychol)

Director of Education
Kate has worked with summer and winter sports for Team GB at 5 Olympics and was formerly a Senior and Lead Practitioner with the English Institute of Sport before joining Chimp Management. As Director of Education she leads a team of practitioners developing the application of the Chimp Model in schools and organisations in education, and also works with corporate clients and the British Equestrian Federation.
Her background is originally in teaching where she taught PE and Geography in secondary schools, before completing a PhD in Athlete Burnout at Loughborough University.

Kate is a published researcher and has presented internationally as both an academic and applied practitioner. She has extensive expertise in the development of educational programmes in emotional and psychological skill including coaching and mentoring programmes. An exemplar of this work was in her role as lead consultant for the BOA’s successful First Games Homes Games project supporting athletes competing on home soil in London 2012.
She is fascinated by people and the impact of the mind on behaviour and emotional health, and passionate about nurturing talent and potential.

For more information, visit our website.