Keswick School becomes a National Teaching School

Keswick School has been selected to become a National Teaching School to raise standards and train teachers across Cumbria. The designation by the National College for Teaching and Leadership gives outstanding schools the freedom and autonomy to lead a group of schools to deliver high quality support and training. Keswick School is ideally placed for such a role having previously been designated a Training and Science specialist school, being the top performing non-selective school in Cumbria and having been graded 'outstanding' in every category by Ofsted.

Keswick School will take over as lead school in the Western Lakes Teaching School Alliance (WLTSA) from Bridekirk Dovenby Primary School, whose Head teacher, Helen Tinnion, is retiring. The Alliance is made up of five strategic partners (Keswick School, Bridekirk Dovenby Primary School, St Patrick's RC Primary School, Mayfield Special School and Cockermouth School) and a large number of alliance partners. The director and teacher training coordinator for the WLTSA are both based at Keswick School, which is also the base for the secondary school initial teacher training programme.

Over the last three years the WLTSA has worked with a range of educational providers across a wide area. Notable successes have included the expansion of teacher training and newly qualified teacher induction programmes, and the professional development and support available across both primary and secondary sectors. Further expansion is planned for over next year to ensure Cumbria has access to the highest calibre teachers at all stages of education.

If you would like to register an interest to train as a secondary school teacher with the WLTSA please visit our website:

Simon Jackson, the Head teacher, said:

I’m delighted that the Keswick School has been recognised as a National Teaching School. We have very high standards and believe that students should have access to outstanding teaching and opportunities for personal development. Our track record of raising standards and school-to-school support will hopefully bring further benefits to schools across Cumbria. In particular we want to find and develop the next generation of outstanding teachers and give them the opportunity to learn from some of the best in the profession.