Batley Girls’ High School is the Lead School in the Yorkshire Rose Teaching Alliance. The Alliance offers high quality primary and secondary teacher training to graduates in a range of subjects. Our high school partners are Horbury Academy, Spen Valley High School, Westborough High School, Castleford Academy, The Mirfield Free Grammar & Sixth Form, Upper Batley High School and Kettlethorpe High School. Our primary school partners are Warwick Road Primary School, Birkby Junior School and the Aspire Primary School Partnership which comprises of Churwell Primary School, Asquith Primary, Fountain Primary and Morley Victoria Primary.
All our partner schools are located within a 30 mile radius of each other within West Yorkshire. We offer the opportunity to work with dedicated professionals who are passionate about providing the best educational experience for future generations of young people. We believe that the School Direct route enables us to select the best candidates and to provide the best support.
All schools in the Alliance pride themselves on ‘growing their own’ and currently a significant proportion of the workforce trained in their current schools, either through School Direct, Salaried School Direct or the traditional PGCE route. Of these, a sizeable majority are promoted point holders, up to and including Senior Leadership level. This year we are working with Bradford College, Leeds Beckett University, Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Leeds on this innovative, exciting and high quality approach to Initial Teacher Training. From 2016 we will be working with Leeds Beckett University and The University of Leeds to provide 46 unsalaried School Direct primary and secondary school places. Through it, graduates apply directly to schools to undertake their training as a teacher. This year-long, school based programme is devised and delivered by our Alliance schools and our partner higher education institutions.
Over the last 3 years, the Alliance has succeeded in placing 100% of trainees into posts of which 54% are within the Alliance. Retention rates are also high at 100%, compared to those nationally.
We are currently in our fourth year of recruitment, offering 46 training places for 2016 – 17 across 14 local schools.