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Carwarden House

Community School and Sixth Form

Curriculum and Learning

Wellington College Teaching School Partnership


Carwarden House joined the Wellington College Teaching School Partnership ( in March 2015.

Wellington College was granted Teaching School status in March 2013. This followed several years of building links with other schools including projects to see the private and state sector working more closely together, such as the Independent State School Partnership (ISSP).

As a Teaching School we are looking to provide a continuum of professional development for staff in the education sector with the desired outcome of improving the educational attainment of pupils in schools. Our vision is to embed a culture of aspiration, collaboration and excellence, and to empower those working in schools to develop a strong learning culture using a self-improving education system and the sharing of best practice. In particular we would like to encourage the use of evidence based practice in schools and classrooms, through a more widespread use of research feeding into the continual professional development of staff.

Our partnership is currently made up of 17 partner schools, which branch across different sectors and different local authorities, and of three strategic partners which each help with the delivery of particular aspects of the Teaching School framework. We are very much a collaborative partnership and many of our partners deliver various aspects of the alliance's activity such as ITT via School Direct, continuing professional development (CPD), leadership development or school-to-school support.

Strategic Partners

  • Institute of Education, University of Reading
  • Institute of Education, London
  • Wokingham Secondary Federation

WCTSP schools

  • Blessed Hugh Faringdon School
  • Bulmershe School
  • Carwarden House Community School
  • Collingwood College
  • Court Moor School
  • King's International College
  • Sandhurst School
  • St. Crispin's School
  • Tomlinscote School & 6th Form College
  • The Emmbrook School
  • The Forest School
  • The Holt School
  • The Piggott School
  • The Wellington Academy
  • Waingels College
  • Wellington College
  • Winston Churchill School

Our team

Under the guidance of Sir Anthony Seldon, we are led by Alastair Dunn, Deputy Head Organisation and by John Kinniburgh, Assistant Head (Director of) Teaching Schools. The coordination and business management of the Teaching School is overseen by Rachel Carter, Teaching School Coordinator. We are also lucky to work closely with Katy Granville-Chapman who is the Director of the Wellington College Leadership Institute and with Carl Hendrick who is the Head of Learning and Research at Wellington College.