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Blessed George Napier Catholic School and Sixth Form Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Blessed George Napier
Catholic School and Sixth Form
Youth Sport Trust Lead School

Part of the Pope Francis Catholic Multi Academy Company

Teaching School

Teaching School Overview

Blessed George Napier School was delighted to be designated as a National Teaching School in June 2018 in recognition of its work in teacher training, supporting other local schools and Continued Professional Development for its staff and local networks.  

Introduced in 2011, teaching schools are excellent schools that work with partner schools in an alliance to provide high quality school-led initial teacher training and professional development opportunities for teachers at all stages of their career.  They raise standards through supporting other schools, especially those in challenging circumstances, and ensure that the most talented school leaders are spotted and supported to become successful headteachers.

BGN works as part of the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance (OTSA), an established network of teaching school alliances working in collaboration across the county on:

  1. Co-ordinating and providing high-quality school-led initial teacher training (ITT).
  2. Providing high-quality school-to-school support to spread excellent practice, particularly to schools that need it most.
  3. Providing evidence-based professional and leadership development for teachers and leaders across their network.

As with all Teaching Schools we work across the three key areas but our main focus is on the ITT strand. We are part of Oxfordshire Teacher Training (OTT – the OTSA School Centred ITT provider) which offers OFSTED rated outstanding teacher training. From June 2019 we have been running a ‘Northern hub’ of the OTT to provide more local training, providing flexibility for those who want to stay in the North Oxfordshire area.

 In addition, we are exploring different ways of increasing the number of high-quality candidates coming forward to train as teachers– coordinating North Oxfordshire’s school experience offer, running application support workshops and working alongside post-16 and university providers to offer high-quality work experience for anyone keen to pursue a career in education.

If you would like to find out more about our initial teacher training opportunities please contact Mrs Sharron Lillis at  If you would like to find out more about other training opportunities for teachers in Oxfordshire please visit