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In August 2015, Osmaston C of E Primary School was designated as a National Teaching School. Teaching Schools take a leading role in recruiting and training new entrants to the profession, identifying leadership potential and providing support for other schools, not least by exemplifying excellent standards of teaching.

Teaching Schools are part of the Government's plan to give schools the central role in raising standards, by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

Osmaston, as the lead school, formed the 'Ashbourne Dove Valley Teaching School Alliance' with QEGS, Hilltop School and St. Oswald's School as immediate strategic partners. In September 2019, Clifton C of E Primary School has also joined the Alliance as a strategic partner. Other strategic partners are Derby University, Derby Diocese, Derbyshire Local Authority and The National College of Teaching and Learning. This is the first Teaching School Alliance in the High Peak and Derbyshire Dales and benefits schools in the area who choose to join the Alliance.

Jeanette Hart (Executive Headteacher of our lead School, Osmaston C of E Primary School and Clifton C of E Primary School) and Rebecca Wood (Headteacher of St. Oswald's C of E Primary School) are both National Leaders of Education (NLE). National Leaders of Education (NLEs) are outstanding headteachers who, together with the staff in their National Support School (NSS), use their skills and experience to support schools in challenging circumstances.

Sue Farr has been the ADVTSA Director since it was formed in 2015. She can be contacted on 01335 343140  or email: