The SJP Teaching School Alliance covers the North West region. We are a growing alliance of schools whose collaborative and effective partnership is underpinned by our commitment to constantly improve outcomes for all of our children.

Our Strategic Partners include:

  • St Ambrose Barlow Teaching School, Swinton
  • Our Lady of Pity Primary School & Deep Learning Teaching School Alliance
  • St Bernard's Primary School & Ignite Teaching School Alliance
  • Wirral LA
  • University of Chester
  • All Hallows Catholic College

Teaching Schools are part of the government's drive to give schools more freedom and to enable them to take increasing responsibility for shaping the educational landscape. The alliance delivers a range of training and development activities for staff and undertakes research and development aimed at raising standards. We do this using a very simple model (which can be viewed on the next page) to develop a self-improving, sustainable, school-led system.

St John Plessington Catholic College (SJP) is an 11-18 comprehensive school on the Wirral, judged by Ofsted to be an outstanding school in all areas in May 2013. We were named the TES School of the Year 2010-11 and in 2013 we won the TES Maths and Numeracy Award as well as being runners up for the English and Literacy Award. 

In addition to being a National Teaching School, we are also a National Support School.
We are a DfE designated Academy Sponsor and are licensed by the National College for Teaching and Leadership to deliver the Leadership Curriculum. Mr Tom Quinn, Executive Head Teacher, has been a National Leader of Education since 2009 and is also an accredited Additional Inspector on behalf of Ofsted, as are two other senior leaders. More than twenty members of senior staff are designated as Specialist Leaders of Education. Our key staff have extensive experience of supporting other schools with programmes delivered in schools, for schools, by schools.

We are committed to raising standards beyond our own school and to act in the interests of the common good. We believe that the provision of Continuous Professional Development is essential in maintaining and improving standards. We are driven by the belief that every child should be given every opportunity to achieve their full potential, and that our role as teachers and leaders is to ensure that this happens. The children are at the heart of SJP. Ofsted saw this when they described our children as ‘the jewels in the crown of this Outstanding College.’