Manor Wood Primary School

Developing future teachers and supporting schools

School Alliances

Manor Wood Primary School is a founder member of Noctua School Alliance.

Noctua Teaching Alliance is made up of good and outstanding schools that work with others to provide high-quality training and development to new and experienced school staff. They are part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in raising standards by developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

Formed in 2013-14, our alliance is currently made up of six schools: one lead school which has the official teaching school status and six other strategic partners, four of whom are co-founders of the alliance:


Tranmere Park Primary School

Manor Wood Primary School

Moortown Primary School

Pudsey Primrose Hill Primary School

Shakespeare Primary School

Beeston Primary School 

Park Spring Primary School 


Other partners include other schools, Owlcotes MAT and the Leeds Teaching Alliance. We work closely with other alliances to share knowledge and resources as a teaching school network.


Currently, Noctua is taking a lead role, with the Local Authority, in:

Support for new Headteachers

Support to newly qualified teachers (NQTs)

Support for schools in challenging circumstances


The Leeds Teaching Hub 

Manor Wood Primary School is proud to be a Strategic Partner of Leeds Teaching School Hub. We have benefited greatly from having worked with the hub since its inception in September 2021 on the key ‘golden thread’ of core responsibilities of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), the Early Career Framework (ECF) and the National Professional Qualification suite (NPQs).


It is essential that all teachers from the point at which they enter the profession at the start of their training year right through to teachers with many years of professional experience are given exceptional opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills. Leeds Teaching School Hub is different in its approach to other providers as it offers a highly personalised, face-to-face experience that is woven throughout all aspects of its delivery programme.


The highly experienced and knowledgeable Director of ECF is dedicated to working with schools across the city. As a consequence, those schools benefit from in-person visits that instill confidence in both the Early Career Teacher (ECT) and the mentor, thus empowering them to engage effectively with the ECF and to develop their knowledge and expertise. Expert facilitators also offer a further layer of support for the professional development of both ECTs and mentors.


Leeds Teaching School Hub also delivers the full suite of NPQs and aims to offer the vast majority of its NPQ seminars in a face-to-face setting, providing colleagues from across the city with the opportunity to come together, to network, to reflect on and to refine their practice.


We would highly recommend all aspects of the work of Leeds Teaching Hub and if, having had the opportunity to start to learn about the hub’s work, you wish to find out more, then we would welcome a conversation with you.


To begin the process of registering an interest with Leeds Teaching School Hub in the first instance please contact its Principal, Nicola Cornfoot, at


Further important information is also available on the Leeds Teaching School Hub website at




Initial Teacher Training

Manor Wood Primary School has partnerships with the Noctua Teaching Alliance, the Leeds Teaching Hub and Leeds Metropolitan University offering Initial Teacher Training places to students every year. All students are supported by the class teachers and are mentored by our Deputy Headteacher, Kate Humphries and / or Ellen Lowry.