St James’s CE High School


Art & Design
Computer Science
Food Technology
Product Design
MFL (French & Spanish)
Religious education


Phone: 01204 863144 (Teaching School)
Phone: 01204 333000 (Main School)


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About Us

St James’s Teaching Partnership is focussed on providing all pupils the opportunity to access high quality teaching and learning to help them reach their full potential. We want to be the inspiration that drives them to achieve their dreams. With this in mind we are committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers.

So the question is ‘Do you want to be part of this journey?’

Our School Direct programme is designed to be bespoke to each individual trainee and your teaching training journey. As a teaching School we have a vast CPD programme which we encourage all trainees to access during your training year. But it doesn’t end there we are committed to supporting your teaching career, our former trainees can access bespoke training as they develop into effective teachers, and also middle and senior leaders should they wish to follow this career path.

Our partnership is made up of a wide variety of schools including both faith and non-faith schools. Our programme is run in collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University who provide the PGCE elements to the course, we have a well-established relationship with MMU and work with them on a number of projects outside of ITT also.

Currently there are 21 schools in our partnership and are all based in Bolton and Bury. Head teachers in the local area are determined to attract outstanding practitioners into their schools and we work collaboratively to ensure our programme supports this. We are proud to have four outstanding schools within our partnership showing excellence really is at the forefront of what we do.

Throughout the year you will be very well supported. We are keen to see each individual trainee working to achieve the very best and enjoying success in their chosen career. We know professional development is a two way process. As such we will listen to you, work to identify your own development needs and support you in meeting your targets.

Towards the end of the Programme of training, trainees will be fully supported to seek and obtain employment. We currently have a 100% conversion rate from trainees who complete the course into full time employment, with the vast majority being employed in the local area.

We are looking for people who are MAD

Can you Make A Difference?

We are looking for high quality graduates and career changers who want to make a difference to children and young people, to embark on our Initial Teacher Training Programme. We are looking to recruit outstanding trainees who have real potential to teach with the following personal qualities;

  • Experience of working with young people
  • Passion and knowledge in your subject area
  • Ability to work as part of a team and maintain
  • Good organisational and time management skills
  • Good level of literacy and numeracy skills
  • Willingness to be involved in the wider life of the school/extracurricular activities

Staff and Team

BA (Hons) History 2:2 – Hull University
PGCE in History – Manchester Metropolitan University

Carolyn Thornton is currently the Director of Teaching School at St. James’s CE High School, Bolton. In this role her remit is to co-ordinate, quality assure and be accountable for the outreach work associated with the Big 6 Key Performance Indicators of the Teaching School. Carolyn is also an Assistant Head Teacher at St. James’s taking responsibility for Teaching & Learning and Induction as well as a line management role. Unable to let go of being in the classroom, Carolyn also continues to teach History to pupils at Key Stages 3 & 4.


BSC Hons Sport Science & Coaching, AAT

Victoria Gavin is currently the teaching school manager at St James’s Teaching Partnership. She is responsible for the day to day operations of the teaching school working across all of the big 6 key performance indicators and supports the Teaching School Director. As part of this role Victoria manages all recruitment, administration, budgeting and marketing for the School Direct programme as well as liaising with Manchester Metropolitan University regarding admissions to the programme and qualification checks. Victoria supports both the secondary and primary programme leads and is a point of contact for trainees during their training year.

If you require any information regarding our School Direct programme please contact Victoria Gavin

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BA Joint Honours Spanish and Management Studies (with French and Education),

In her role as Programme Lead, Rebecca is responsible for the induction of trainees and prepares the programme of professional practice and subject mentor weekly themes to be followed in all alliance schools. She prepares the pre-course materials and recommended reading lists for secondary trainees. Furthermore, she contributes to the recruitment and selection of trainee teachers, including the organisation of pupils for the interview lessons. She liaises with alliance schools to organise additional opportunities for trainees. As one of the lead teachers on the Transforming Learning Team at St. James’s, Rebecca models outstanding practice in teaching and learning.

Rebecca acts to quality assure trainee performance through the monitoring of trainee experiences using surveys and trainee voice meetings and by completing joint lesson observations with subject and/or professional mentors across the alliance schools. Rebecca attends the regional school ITT network meetings and ensures that all trainee reviews from across the alliance are completed on time and shared with HEI provider. Rebecca holds Professional Mentor meetings for PMs across the alliance.

In her role as Professional Mentor within her own school, Rebecca is responsible for the induction of trainees into school and providing clear policies, systems and structures which are clearly communicated to trainees. She delivers Professional Studies sessions with trainees on a weekly basis and appoints suitable subject mentors from the teaching staff at St. James’s. She co-ordinates the training and development of subject mentors within her own school, ensuring that all mentors have a clear understanding of their role and of the Teaching Standards. When trainees are ready to apply for teaching posts, Rebecca promotes job vacancies within the partnership and provides references for trainees.

Certificate in Primary Education
Advanced Diploma In Primary School Management
PGCE in Educational Leadership, development & consultancy

Sue’s working experience has been in the primary sector, where she began her career back in the late 70s. She worked as a head teacher in a Church of England primary school for over 20 years, the last 6 of which were in a co-headship partnership. The structure brought with it many new learning opportunities and through this more flexible approach to school leadership, she was able to extend her work and support other leaders within their schools. Mentoring and coaching newly appointed head teachers through the LA, whilst at the same time supporting others through CEL Head teacher mentoring schemes. Sue worked as an executive head teacher and also developed her role as an LLE within the Greater Manchester Challenge. Within Sue’s work as a facilitator on the NCSL leadership programmes with CEL at the University of Manchester she worked on LFTM and LP and have witnessed the impact these programmes have had on so many middle and senior leaders. Sue also worked to support teachers and Governors in primary schools which were in challenging situations.
Sue’s career continues as she now works to facilitate and coordinate the School Direct programme for the Farnworth Primary Schools. Teaching is the most exciting and rewarding career which brings with it many challenges. By working with the head teachers of a group of schools, we are able to draw on the expertise of the most able practitioners to support each trainee as they move through the year and into their chosen career. We pride ourselves on ensuring all trainees achieve their very best, making their journey into teaching both seamless and enriching.


Lynn is the Head Teacher at St Peter’s CE Primary School who leads on the Primary Programme for School Direct within the St James’s Teaching Partnership. Lynn is also an NLE on behalf of the teaching school with specialisms in data management and ensuring progress for disadvantaged pupils. She is also a pupil premium reviewer.

Partner Schools

Places are within our Teaching Alliance, and placements will be at one of the following schools:

St James’s CE High School – Lead School
St Peter’s CE Primary School
Little Lever School
All Saints CE Primary School
Bolton Muslim Girls School
Cherry Tree Primary School
Canon Slade
Highfield Primary School
Smithills School
Kearsley West Primary School
Westhoughton High School
Queensbridge Primary School
Sharples School
St James’s CE Primary School
Kearsley Academy
St John CE Primary School
Mount St Joseph’s
The Ferns Primary Academy
Bury Church of England High School
The Orchards Nursery School
The Bolton Impact Trust

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