School Partnerships

Swaledale Alliance

The Swaledale Alliance is a 60-school partnership based across North Yorkshire.

The Alliance was established in September 2012 and in March 2013 received Teaching School status as a cohort 3 teaching school. This collaboration of 58 primary schools, 1 special school and 1 secondary school works together to improve outcomes for all its young people.

The Alliance also works in collaboration with other strategic partners such as the Local Authority, Diocese of West Yorkshire and The Dales and High Force Education (SCITT) to deliver against each of the Big Six priorities set out by the National College for Teaching and Learning. These include:

  1. Playing a greater role in training new entrants to the profession
  2. Leading peer-to-peer professional and leadership development
  3. Identifying and develop leadership potential
  4. Providing support for other schools
  5. Designating and broker Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE)
  6. Research and development.

Working collaboratively in this way not only enables our schools to share best practice and ensure that professional development is school-based and classroom focused, but also allows us to share expertise in governance, business management, and procurement.

Visit the Swaledale Alliance Website for more information about our work.

School Direct

Richmond School has a history that goes back nearly 700 years. In 2012 the final phase of a £32m BSF Single School Pathfinder new build and refurbishment was completed. Teachers and students have facilities that rank as some of the best in the country; these include a wide range of sporting facilities and state of the art science labs. Our development is not only limited to our facilities, our exam results reflect our progress and in February 2013 we were rated ‘Good’ by OFSTED.

Richmond School has a team of committed staff who work hard together to ensure our agenda of continual improvement and future success. We are looking for positive and ambitious people to join our team, share our values and drive innovation in this exciting setting. In return, we will provide you with the stretch and support to develop your career as an educational practitioner and leader.

Richmond School has a long and successful track record as provider of Initial Teacher Training. Our partnership with Durham SCITT and School Direct is the next chapter in supporting new entrants to the profession.

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a new and innovative school based teacher-training route. Trainees work alongside outstanding practitioners and spend a greater proportion of their time training in the classroom and in school.

In order to help tailor training to your skills and experience, there are two separate School Direct training options:

School Direct Training Programme is available to high-quality graduates. You may be eligible for a bursary of up to £20,000 to support you while you train.

School Direct Training Programme (salaried) is an employment-based route available to high-quality graduates with at least three years’ work experience who will earn a salary whilst they train.

For more detailed information on the School Direct programme please visit the links below:

Main Website



Additional Funding Information

Who are we looking for?

We are looking for high quality trainees committed to providing excellent teaching and learning and ensuring achievement and progression for all students that they teach.

You will need to demonstrate:

  • A desire and passion to become a teacher, to challenge and excite students and enable them to develop as confident effective learners
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • A relevant subject degree class - priority will be given to applicants with 2:1 or above - (at least 50% of which relates to their chosen subject for secondary training.)
  • Strong subject knowledge and an understanding of the relevance of your subject(s) in the education of young people
  • A wider understanding of the purpose of education
  • A commitment to high standards and excellence
  • Resilience and determination to cope with the demands of both training and a teaching career
  • Proficiency in both written and spoken English.

Above all we are looking for applicants who can demonstrate high levels of enthusiasm and commitment coupled with the mental and physical energy to meet the demands of classroom teaching.

Please note to apply for the salaried route you need to have been in full time employment for a minimum of 3 years at the point of application

What if I need more information?

Contact Charlotte Wardle, at or on 01748 850111 to arrange an informal chat by phone or in person