Teaching School

Teaching School Partnerships

St. Ursula's is a strategic partner in

The Catholic Teaching School Alliance   GRTSA logoThe Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance

We are represented at the following Steering Groups:

  • School to school support
  • Initial Teacher Training

These groups meet termly at different venues within each Alliance.

In partnership with:


Continuing Professional Development NPQML and NPQSL

St Ursula's, in collaboration with the Institute of Education and the Leadership CoLab, is delivering the NPQML and NPQSL – the new National College range of national qualifications.

Deadline for applications to both programmes is 23.59 on Friday 13th October 2017 . Courses starting early November.

 NPQML:  for those who are, or are aspiring to become a middle leader with responsibility for leading a team
 NPQSL: for those who are, or are aspiring to become a senior leader with cross-school responsibilities

Content for NPQML –  4 days (face to face sessions)

·        Leading with Impact
·        Leading Teaching and Learning
·        Leading Partnerships
·        Leading Strategically

Content for NPQSL -5 days (face to face sessions)

·        Succeeding in Senior Leadership
·        Leading Teaching and Learning
·        Leading with Impact
·        Leading Partnerships
·        Leading Strategically

Course costs have not been confirmed but in the region of ML £795 and SL £995.

Applicants can find out more information about the new qualification on the website -  www.LeadershipCoLab.org.uk  - you will need to log in as a guest. You can also use this link to apply for the course. You may also like to contact  Mrs Lanzon (mlanzon@stursulas.com) at St Ursula's Convent School if you have any initial questions concerning the programmes.


Continuing Professional Development

This is our internal programme of development which also underpins our school to school support programme linking with partnership schools.

Whole School Improvement Programme 2014-15 - Leadership Challenge 2014-15: 'Pitch Perfect':
Whole School Improvement Programme 2015/16 -‘Embedding Pitch Perfect (change, challenge and consistency)’
Whole School Improvement Programme 2016/17 - Mind the Gap.


Initial Teacher Training

St. Ursula's is a hub secondary school for School Direct within the Royal Greenwich Teaching School Alliance
Greenwich – Secondary School Direct Hub

As an outstanding school, we are committed to training teachers. All our teaching staff have received Stage 1 Mentoring Accreditation.
All our subject departments are involved in ITT through:

  • PGCE teaching placements from Goldsmiths University and University of Greenwich
  • Subject mentoring
  • Visits to departments from prospective PGCE applicants
  • Delivery of St. Ursula's professional studies programme

"I have really enjoyed the experience and am thankful that I had the opportunity to teach at St. Ursula's for one of my placements."

"It is a pleasure to work in an environment where the staff are friendly and the morale is good ''I found my placement at St. Ursula's encouraging and rewarding."

"I was made to feel very welcome and will value the experience I have had here. The induction day was extremely helpful and a good organised way to start the placement. I found the speech by the Head Teacher, Mrs Warnock, inspirational and motivating"

"The pupils' keenness to learn has been amazing and they have made my first experience of teaching highly enjoyable. Behaviour is incredible at this school."

"I don't think I have been in a school where the pupils are so respectful and keen to learn. They were a pleasure to teach"


MFL PGCE programme


St. Ursula's is working in partnership with the University of Greenwich in delivering a school-led MFL PGCE programme.

Subject knowledge days are planned and delivered by St. Ursula's subject specific teachers. The professional studies element of the PGCE is delivered at the University of Greenwich. Interviews for places on this PGCE are held at St. Ursula's School.