Alliance Members - Schools
At Woodlands Primary School, the life of the school is driven by enthusiasm and a desire for achievement for all. We view education as a joint venture and we view ourselves as learning partners. We have a skilled leadership team, experienced in school-to-school support, which includes a Senior Leader in Education, a Lead Practitioner in Primary Practice and staff trained in coaching and Every Lesson Counts. We have successfully supported a wide variety of other schools over the past four years and are therefore thrilled to be working in partnership with the Kaizen Teaching School.
Skinners’ School is an outstanding boys’ grammar school in Tunbridge Wells. It has a strong track record in teacher training and CPD, and draws on the educational support of the Skinners’ Company to support its pedagogy. As such it brings a strong and innovative approach to teaching and learning and will support graduates as they enter the teaching profession, or indeed those on PGCE courses.
We, at TWGGS, are delighted to be working with partners through Kaizen, where our shared vision of raising standards for all children can flourish in the spirit of collaboration through open and trusting professional relationships with colleagues in other schools.
The aim of the CPD, Succession Planning and Talent Management strand is share our broad range of expertise and to support high quality training and development in our local area, and beyond. Our current focus is Middle Leader development, challenge for the most able learners, improvement in student dialogue and assessment, and the delivery of outstanding teaching and learning. With Initial Teacher Training, we work particularly with trainees from Brighton University, and are keen to develop this area further in the future.
Chevening (St. Botolph's) Church of England Primary School is a National Support School. The Headteacher, Helen Jones is a National Leader of Education and three teachers are Specialist Leaders of Education. We are a one form entry primary school with a strong church ethos. We are passionate about school to school support and over the last three years we have supported a wide range of primary schools with a good track record of positive impact and teaching and learning. We welcome colleagues to visit our school.
Walderslade Girls' School is proud to be a partner of the prestigious Kaizen Teaching School. As a small all-girls' High School in Medway we are able to offer support to trainee teachers within a caring and supportive environment, enabling trainees to experience teaching girls of all abilities. As a specialist college for the Arts our areas of expertise lie in the Performing and Visual Arts but we also have strength in the core subjects of maths, English and science. We have a long serving and experienced staff who are crucial to the success of supporting and coaching others within the profession. WGS offers a part funded Masters degree to staff as part of our commitment to continuing professional development and to establishing a culture of research and development.
We are currently contributing to the Initial Teacher Training and Research and Development strands. We have worked with the Alliance to secure a Specialist Leader in Education. We sit on the Alliance Board and the Strategy Group.
Tunbridge Wells Grammar School for Boys has been involved in the development of the Kaizen Teaching School Alliance since the first discussions. We are particularly pleased to be involved in the SLE and School to School support strand of KTSA’s work as well as the management and main Alliance board.
Our Headteacher, John Harrison, chairs the West Area Board of the Kent Association of Headteachers and as such provides a formal link between the KAH and KTSA.
Tonbridge Grammar School has been involved in the development of the Kaizen Teaching School Alliance since its conception. We are particularly pleased to co-lead the ITT and Research and Development strands. As a school we have many successful years of ITT experience supporting new teachers to successful careers and offer a variety of routes into teaching including School Direct and PGCE, as well as the DfE School Experience Programme. We offer contrasting placements for ITT programmes to a wide variety of schools and providers. We have experience of alternative innovative curriculum models e.g. the Middle Years programme and teaching the I.B. diploma as an I.B. World School with Academy status.
We are also strategically involved in the CPD, Talent Planning, SLE and School to School support strands of KTSA’s work as well as the management and main Alliance Board. Rosemary Joyce, our Headteacher is on the management board of a local pupil referral unit offering trainees a wider school experience. Pauline Bullen our Deputy Headteacher is Chair of I.B. Schools and Colleges Association in the U.K.
Oakley School is a Kent County Council Community Special School that offers a specialist range of provision to support pupils (age range 4 -18) with Severe and/or Complex Needs. Our school curriculum is designed to meet the learning needs of all our pupils and our provision supports/facilitates access to the curriculum enabling pupils to become more independent learners.
In addition to NHS therapists we employ additional Occupational and Speech Therapists, Play and Art Therapists and we have links with Nurseries, Careers and other advisors; Social Care and other services, Specialist Teaching and Learning Services, local teaching alliances and other collaborations.
We are happy to share our expertise and offer specialist outreach and support to local mainstream schools through LIFT (Local Inclusion Forum Team) and to others through collaborative links e.g. The Kaizen Teaching Group. The Kaizen Teaching School Alliance is comprised of a broad range of educational partners who offer proven experience accrued from working across all phases and in a variety of educational settings and contexts.
We have a specialist learning environment including learning outside the classroom (for which we have the Silver Mark award) and a wide range of strategies to support good behaviour for learning.
We make a positive difference in the education we deliver for students aged 11-18 who study at Weald of Kent, by successfully creating opportunities for our students to achieve high academic results whilst still affording them a platform to extend their personal qualities, talents and interests. Our ethos values and nurtures individuality not stereotypes. Our curriculum engages, enthuses and sparks curiosity. This prepares students for the competitive world as it develops intellect and stimulates personal confidence and resilience.
At Judd we are keen to induct, develop and promote teachers who can challenge students of the highest academic calibre, whilst also being strongly comitted to co-curricular activities such as sport, music and CEF. Our aim is ot ensure that all of our students "Learn, Serve, Lead" at school, so that as leavers they are well-equipped for higher education and willing and able to make a strong positive contribution to society. We are a Skinners' Company School fusing tradtional values with innovative practice.