Together we Exceed

Teaching Schools


Copthorne Primary School and Horton Grange Primary School, Bradford are designated as Teaching Schools by central government. These schools, operating under the name of Exceed Teaching Schools, facilitate a wide range of school improvement support for schools in Leeds, Bradford, Keighley and beyond. Copthorne and Horton Grange utilise the capacity of their own and partner schools (the Teaching School Alliance) to share expertise between schools. Oakworth Primary School, Keighley is an Aspiring Teaching School and works closely with the two lead schools.

In addition, Exceed Academies Trust, of which the two Teaching Schools belong to, is designated as a provider of School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). Our ITT provisionExceed SCITT, trains the next generation of teachers and awards Qualified Teacher Status.

Collectively, Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools are providing school-led school improvement capacity for it’s partnership of schools and those who wish to access the specialist leaders, training and support it facilitates.

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Our ‘why’

Our pupils and students deserve good schools where they fulfill their potential.

School leaders face a wide range of challenges to achieve this but the expertise to address these exists in schools within or beyond our own community. School leaders are best placed to drive effective school improvement. At different moments in time, schools will be in a position where they can provide support to their peers, formally or informally, or they themselves need to access support from other schools to add capacity to address a specific priority. Schools are increasingly working with each other in this way as they continue on their journey of improvement – celebrating and sharing all that is effective and addressing challenges together to the benefit the wider educational community and the life chances of the region’s children and young people. This empowers leaders and their staff and gives schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system. To effectively implement this model we need to utilise every schools’ passion, intelligence and talents.

Exceed SCITT and Teaching Schools facilitate a community of like-minded school and system leaders who are committed to using and accessing the resources available to them – including teachers’ and leaders’ skills, expertise, and practice – to the benefit of all schools in the region. Through bespoke tailored support, this Alliance of schools facilitate a range of inter-related, quality assured school improvement opportunities “for schools by schools” including:

Exceed Teaching Schools are a cohort five designated Teaching School led by Copthorne Primary School and Horton Grange Primary School, Bradford. As a hub for system leaders, the Alliance of member schools are contributing to shaping the local, regional and national strategy for school improvement that makes us all “stronger through collaboration”.

Our campuses

Our Professional Learning Campus at Copthorne Primary School, Bradford leads on the following areas:

  • School Direct and School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT), Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) training, and Recently Qualified Teacher (RQT) training
  • Professional Learning, including CPD Teachers, Teaching Assistants and Support Staff. We deliver Singapore Bar Modelling training.
  • Evidence-based projects

Our Leadership Campus at Horton Grange Primary School, Bradford leads on:

  • School leadership support, including the National Professional Qualifications, Executive Headteacher Programme, Multi-Academy Trust Leadership Programme, PREVENT and Safeguarding training, and school governance
  • English as an Additional Language (EAL) and New to English (NtE) support, as a Centre of Good Practice
  • School-to-school support, including National and Specialist Leader of Education (NLE and SLE) deployments and Pupil Premium Reviews

Our Keighley Campus at Oakworth Primary School provides:

  • School leadership programmes, including the National Professional Qualifications, for schools including those from the Craven, Pendle and Keighley areas
  • School-to-school support, including supporting the delivery of Strategic School Improvement Fund projects
Children playing at one of our Exceed schools

“We believe that successful schools develop their own identity and individuality and are best placed to meet their own community’s needs.”