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About us


Teaching Schools were introduced by the government to enhance school improvement. As an outstanding school, Fairfields was designated a teaching school in 2012 by the National College for Teaching and Leadership and the Fairfields Teaching School Alliance (FTSA) was born. Our alliance comprises 98 primary, secondary and special schools across Northamptonshire, committed to working in partnership to improve teaching and learning and provide the best outcomes for pupils.

We encourage all partner schools to share resources, learn from each other and become contributors to the alliance. All member schools benefit from effective support to improve learning outcomes and professional development for teachers. We strive to fully support all of our schools to become outstanding.

We follow the principles of the “Big Three” for teaching schools:

  • Initial Teacher Training
  • Continued Professional Development
  • School to School Support





Our Alliance Schools benefit from exclusive training and school to school support activities, over and above our universal offer, as part of their membership package. For full details, please see our prospectus. You can find our most recent newsletters on our News page.

For membership inquiries, please contact Charlie Furniss at teachingschool@fairfields.northants.sch.uk

Our membership fee information is available here.



Meet the Team


Karen Lewis – Headteacher                  Charlie Furniss – Teaching School Lead             Catherine Capell – School Direct Lead


Jodie Walton – Finance Assistant                 Hazel Donneky – PA to Teaching School Lead

Strategic Partners

  • Fairfields School
  • Billing Brook School
  • Greenfields Specialist School for Communication
  • Kingsthorpe College
  • Kingsthorpe Grove Primary School
  • Preston Hedges Primary School
  • The Gateway School
  • West Haddon Primary School
  • Weston Favell CEVA Primary School
  • Wootton Primary School

Alliance Members

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Secondary Schools

Special Schools

St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Academy Trust

Innovate Multi Academy Trust Schools

Northampton Primary Academy Trust

Peterborough Diocese Education Trust Academies


  • Michael Thompson
  • Sally Manz
  • Sue Tomalin
  • Andy Lakatos
  • Fiona Goddard
  • Mary Tulley
  • Lorraine Schofield
  • Ben Kingston Hughes