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 LogoIn March 2012, Histon & Impington Junior School was part of a successful Cohort 2 Teaching School application.

This was a partnership application, together with Swavesey Village College (part of Cambridge Meridian Academies Trust) and Parkside Federation, forming the Cambridge All-Through Teaching School Alliance (CATTSA).

Following this designation, CATTSA then formed a partnership with two other local existing Teaching School Alliances to form the Cambridge Teaching School Network (CTSN).
Histon & Impington Junior School and CPET play a pivotal role in the success of the CTSN.

Lesley Birch acts as Chair of the Steering Group and also sits on both the School-to-School Support and Research & Development strategy groups.
Within CTSN, Histon & Impington Junior School is the only primary-age range lead school.

In the last three years, CTSN has engaged with over 70 primary schools, impacting across all aspects of the National College for Teaching and Leadership ‘Big 6’ Teaching School responsibilities.