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As a National Teaching School and a National Support School we have numerous partnerships that support our school improvement work.

The headteacher, Mr Rick Weights, is a National Leader of Education (NLE) and supports school improvement work in a number of schools in the region. He is also a lead reviewer for peer reviews of schools.

Both assistant headteachers, Mrs Val Law and Miss Jessica Dales, are Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE) and are involved in school improvement work throughout the region.

Our system leaders can be contacted through the STAR Teaching School Alliance.

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We are part of the STAR Teaching School Alliance of schools (Sherburn, Tadcaster and Rural). Through this partnership we are developing the educational provision for all children in our area, and providing school improvement support throughout Yorkshire and the Humber. Our aim is to ensure that all pupils, from 0-19, receive a high standard of education in a school or setting that is good or better. We have rigorous development plans to ensure that the alliance keeps improving. These include approaches to teaching and learning, raising achievement, and developing high quality leadership in all our schools.

STAR member schools are:

Appleton Roebuck Primary
Athlestan Community Primary
Barkston Ash Catholic Primary
Sherburn Sherburn Hungate Community Primary
Kellington Primary
Kirk Fenton CE VC Primary
Long Marston CE VC Primary
Monk Fryston CE VC Primary
Riverside Community Primary
Saxton CE VC Primary
Sherburn High
South Milford Community Primary
St Joseph’s Catholic Primary
Tadcaster East Community Primary
Tadcaster Grammar School

Our work includes Initial Teacher Training through the School Direct model; Continuing Professional Development for school staff; research and development of effective practice; and school-to-school support work. Our Alliance Manager is Liz Tuddenham, who can be contacted at

As a church school, we belong to the Diocese of York. They are a strategic partner in our improvement. You can visit their website here.

Our international partnerships are very important to us. We are currently involved in a research project into effective pedagogy in reading supported by the EU ‘Erasmus+’ programme. Some of our partner schools are:

Freiherr-vom-Stein-Schule, Gladenbach (Germany)

Direzione Didattica IV Circolo Nichelino (Italy)

Lindöenheten (Sweden)

Zakladna skola, Tomasikova 31, Kosice (Slovakia)