Delivering teaching excellence

National Teaching School status:


Teaching Schools CouncilCPET is proud to have National Teaching School status.

Through this status all CPET teachers are given unrivalled opportunities for professional and career development. Collaboration and cross-school working lead to an enriched educational experience for children in CPET schools and beyond.

Executive Principal Lesley Birch plays a leading role regionally in the self-improving school led system. She is the East of England representative on the National Teaching Schools Council, seeking to raise attainment across the region.

Lesley was instrumental in organising the first Eastern Region Teaching Schools Council system leadership conference, with 180 delegates in attendance. Impact evaluations from the day were very positive.

Cambridge Teaching Schools’ Network:


CTSN Logo In 2012 Histon and Impington Junior School was a founding member of the Cambridge All-Through Teaching School Alliance (CATTSA), together with Swavesey Village College and Parkside Community College. Since then, CATTSA has worked in partnership with other Teaching School Alliances to form the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network (CTSN).  CTSN is an effective and sustainable partnership of schools, which seeks to deliver improved outcomes for young people through the development of high quality teaching and leadership, continually seeking to further school improvement within a school led, self-improving system. This is achieved by providing high quality Initial Teaching Training, school to school support and professional development for teaching and leadership.

Histon and Impington Junior School and the other CPET schools play a lead primary school role within CTSN. Lesley Birch acts as Chair of the CTSN Steering Group and she and other CPET leaders contribute substantially to the success of CTSN, both strategically and operationally. Through its engagement, CTSN has supported over 150 schools.