We believe passionately in the power of collaboration. Collaboration between pupils, parents and teachers is key to supporting pupils, whilst collaboration within our local community allows all partners to benefit from shared skills, experiences and facilities. Building on this, collaboration between schools (whether regionally, nationally or internationally) helps to support staff, provide opportunities for Pate's pupils and drive up standards for all children in the region and beyond.
Pate's is a designated Teaching School and National Support School, proudly a part of the school led system, leading the Odyssey Teaching School Alliance and working with a large number of primary and secondary schools in the region in the areas of Initial Teacher Training, Staff Leadership Development and School to School Support. It is through our teaching school work that we recruit the teachers of tomorrow, provide the best possible training for existing colleagues (both those at Pate's and also others from across the region and country) and work with colleagues in other schools to raise standards for all students. Further information about the Odyssey Teaching School Alliance can be found by visiting the website http://www.odysseyts.org. Additionally, Pate's has recently been designated as one of 23 National Computing Hubs - designed to offer support to primary and secondary computing teachers in the area, including teaching, resources and continuing professional development (CPD) activities. Again, further details of our work in this area will be found shortly on the Odyssey website.
Outward facing, Pate's is constantly looking to build new partnerships both regionally, nationally and abroad; as well as having strong long-standing links with schools in Europe, Pate's is one of the first state schools in the UK to link formally with a group of schools in China. We take seriously our commitment to modelling to our students both the power of collaboration and their obligation to be responsible world citizens and leaders of the future
"It's been an amazing experience training with the Odyssey Teaching School Alliance and we've been so well supported throughout our school placements. From the excellence of the weekly training and development sessions through to the day-to-day support in the schools, it's all been brilliant." (Trainee Teacher, Odyssey teaching School Alliance)