Training Schools are outstanding schools who work with others to provide high quality training and development to new and experienced school staff.

The PTSA has a commitment to achieving excellence in teaching, learning and school leadership.  Our goal is to appoint the highest calibre of teachers in our schools.

We aim to inspire, motivate and develop our teachers to become outstanding practitioners, managers and leaders in our school, fully equipped to adapt to the needs of learners.

We will provide high quality training to meet the needs of teaching staff at different stages within their career.


The Alliance

Welcome to The Potteries Training School Alliance.

St Gregory’s Catholic Academy works with The Golden Thread Teaching Hub.

As a training school, St Gregory’s, is in partnership with the Diocese of Birmingham, Keele and North Staffordshire Teacher Education, St Joseph’s College SCITT, one high school and the local authority, 

Our alliance consists of 18 schools from Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Moorlands, representing primary, secondary, faith and non-faith academies.

The Alliance will offer:


  • Support for Newly Qualified Teachers
  • Initial Teacher Training through Keele University and the SCITT
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • School to School Support
  • Recruitment and deployment of SLEs
  • Governance and Pupil Premium support through an NLE