Who We Are

The role of teaching schools

Teaching schools have an important role to play in a school-led system and school improvement. Teaching schools are centres of excellence, taking a more focused role that prioritises:

  • co-ordinating and providing high-quality school-led initial teacher training (ITT)

  • providing high-quality school-to-school support to spread excellent practice, particularly to schools that need it most

  • providing evidence-based professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network

A network of excellence

The Hackney Teaching Schools' Alliance is a supportive partnership of primary, secondary and specialist schools, each with a proven track record of successful improvement.

Steered by two national teaching schools; Clapton Girls' Academy, Kingsmead Primary along with Stormont House (Specialist Provision) and Millfields Community School, we work to improve the quality of teaching and leadership through effective collaboration and personalised support.

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What we do

The HTSA prioritises:

LEARNING - providing high-quality school-led training via a professional pathway from Initial Teacher Training to Senior Leadership Training

COLLABORATION - creating a supportive network of schools that come together regularly to explore excellent practice at all stages of teaching

SUPPORT - providing high-quality formal school-to-school support via a network of experienced professionals

DEVELOPMENT -  providing evidence-based professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network

What we offer

The HTSA provides a range of high quality professional learning which includes:

  • Post Graduate Teacher Apprenticeship with PGCE in partnership with London Metropolitan University

  • a successful Newly Qualified Teachers Programme for primary and secondary phase

  • a tailored middle leader training programme delivered by expert professionals

  • a Successful Classroom Practice course for teachers in their second or third year of teaching

  • Numbers Count training for teachers and TAs quality assured by Edge Hill University

  • bespoke school improvement work delivered by experienced and specialist leaders in education

  • pupil premium review

Our Alliance

A supportive and collaborative partnership

The following schools join our Executive Board to form a strong and successful Alliance:

Benthal Primary School

Petchey Academy

Randal Cremer Primary School

Wentworth Nursery School

Harrington Hill Primary School

The Boxing Academy

Gayhurst Primary School

Nightingale Primary School

Rushmore Primary School

Key Strategic Partners

The HTSA work in partnership with the following to ensure effective collaboration and support:



Join our alliance


If you are interested in joining our alliance or would like further information on how to collaborate with us please use the enquiry form below or complete our membership form and return to htsa@clapton.hackney.sch.uk

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Contact Us

How to find us

Hackney Teaching Schools' Alliance

c/o Clapton Girls' Academy

Laura Place


E5 0RB


Tel: 020 8985 6641 ext: 265


Enquiry form

For any information or queries, please complete our enquiry form or alternatively, you can email us directly on:




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