Teaching School

Gillotts was delighted to be designated as a national teaching school in June 2017 in recognition of its work in teacher training, supporting other local schools and continued professional development for its staff and local networks.  

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.  They raise standards through supporting other schools, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

Gillotts works as part of the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance (OTSA), an established network of teaching school alliances working in collaboration across the county on:

  1. Co-ordinating and providing high-quality school-led initial teacher training (ITT).
  2. Providing high-quality school-to-school support to spread excellent practice, particularly to schools that need it most.
  3. Providing evidence-based professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network.

As with all teaching schools we work across the three key areas but our main focus in on the ITT strand. We have extended our links with Oxfordshire Teacher Training (OTT – the OTSA School Centred ITT provider) which offers teaching training rated as ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED (December 2017). In addition, we are exploring different ways of increasing the number of high-quality candidates coming forward to train – coordinating Oxfordshire’s school experience offer, running workshops and more extended programmes to support potential applicants and, working alongside post-16 and university providers to offer high-quality work experience for young people keen to pursue a career in education.

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Sarah McHugh Katie Pearson Catharine Darnton
Director of Teaching School PA to Director of Teaching School National Leader of Education


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How to find us

Gillotts School
Gillotts Lane

01491 574315

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