A Partnership of Church & Community Schools

Teaching School Alliance


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The pathfinder Teaching school Alliance was designated in April 2014 and is based at Archbishop Holgate's School in the East of the city.

The alliance has and will retain a small strategic core that ensures priorities focus on the needs of the local area while also supporting the wider region. Currently the teaching school's strategic partners are:

Clifton with Rawcliffe Primary School, Hempland Primary School, St Mary’s Church of England Primary School, Osbaldwick Primary School, Wilberfoss Church of England Primary School, Warter Church of England Primary School, The Diocese of York, York Local Authority, York University, Sheffield Hallam University and York St John University.

The overarching ethos of pathfinder teaching school is to improve the educational provision for pupils and staff across the York area.

Mission Statement

  • To work collaboratively in partnership, as a community of schools, to ensure all children are known and cared for as individuals.
  • To demonstrate a commitment to every child, to provide the very best education and to maximise achievement.
  • To share best practice and to provide an environment in which educational theory and practice can be observed, studied and practiced.
  • To recruit and inspire a new generation of colleagues and existing teachers by establishing the very best professional development to support fellow professionals in raising standards and aspirations.
  • To work collaboratively with other schools, the Church of England and educational institutions to establish an educational dialogue, to identify and implement change to continually improve practice at all schools.
  • To develop through partnership and shared values a vision for education. 


The teaching school has an experienced and  established team who are passionate and committed to the same shared vision for the development of relevant professional development. The ethos of the teaching school is to develop training that is School Led, has high impact, is cost effective, and sustainable.

Working collaboratively, Pathfinder Teaching School have strong links with Huntington School, who are at the fore front of research/evidence based practice. The teaching school are proactive in seeking good working relationship with other teaching schools across the country in order to provide up to date proven practice.

The teaching school has developed structures to support school development. A team of SLEs, work across a range of settings to support the planned development of teaching and learning, staff development and school inset. The teaching school warmly welcome applications from outstanding practitioners to join the team in this area. For further information please email Jake Capper, Head of Pathfinder Teaching School: jcapper@archbishopholgates.org


 Initial Teacher Training

Train and retain- building a stronger future for the region

Pathfinder Teaching School currently has a thriving School Direct programme at both primary and secondary level, which is helping to train the teachers of the future.

The teaching school works with three HEI partners which helps ensure that they can provide the best training provision possible, utilising the expertise of our partners to deliver the key components of our programme. Schools Direct provides the starting point for recruiting high quality professionals into the profession. The teaching school continues to work closely with headteachers and the local authority to provide outstanding provision for staff at all stages of their development in order to recruit and retain high quality practitioners in York schools.