About us

Affinity Teaching School Alliance is a cohort 1 Teaching School based at Kibworth CE Primary School in Leicestershire. Designated in 2012 we work with a partnership of 28 primary schools from across Leicestershire, Leicester City and Rutland. We pride ourselves on being a ‘purposeful schools improvement partnership’ and focus our work on the NCTL Big 3 which includes:

  • Proving Outstanding Initial Teacher Training and newly qualified teacher support
  • Providing cohesive continual professional development, peer to peer professional leadership development
  • Delivery of school to school support for all partner schools.

We have established a number of key partnerships to ensure this work is successful including:

Inspiring Leaders SCITT - Website
Inspiring Leaders – Leadership Development - Website

Our partners and Management Board

We work with 28 partner schools
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Asfordby Captains Close Primary School & C.C

Braunstone Community Primary School

Enderby Danemill Primary School

Farndon Fields Academy

Fossebrook Primary School

Greystoke Primary School

Kibworth C.E. Primary School

Leighfield Academy

Merrydale Primary School

Mowmacre Hill Primary School

Parkland Primary School

Sileby Redlands Community Primary School

Woolden Hill Community Primary School

Barwell C.E. Academy

Newbold Verdon Primary School

Ravenhurst Primary School

Ravenhurst Primary School

Sacred Heart Catholic Voluntary Academy

Saint John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy

Saint Joseph's Catholic Voluntary Academy, Market Harborough

Sketchley Hill Primary School

Spinney Hill Primary School and Community Centre

St Bartholomew's C.E. Primary School

St Joseph's Catholic Voluntary Academy Leicester

St Thomas More Catholic Voluntary Academy

Thurlaston C.of E. Primary School

Westfield Junior School

We have management board which is made up of:

Paul Stone – CEO of Discovery Schools Academy Trust

Nikki Matthew – Farndon Fields Primary School

Sarah Bishop – Parklands Primary School

Margaret Greig – Westfield Junior School

Philippa Campbell – Sketchley Hill Primary School

Julia Hancock – Captains Close Primary School

This management board helps steer the direction of the alliance and helps shape the our delivery as well as leading on some of our key project developments.

The Team

Our TSA has a wide team of school improvement experts who support the delivery of alliance activity. This team includes system leaders and partnership professionals who all lead on aspects of the alliance’s work and form a part of Discovery’s School Improvement Team.

This team is made up of:

Paul Stone – CEO of Discovery Schools Academy Trust
David Briggs – Director of Primary Education - Discovery Schools Academy Trust
Dawn White – School Improvement Partner - Discovery Schools Academy Trust
James Brown – TSA Lead - Discovery Schools Academy Trust
Emma Turner – Research Informed CPDL Lead
Carol Wilcox – Senior Administrator


Judith Boston – St Bartholomews CE Primary School
Catherine Stretton – Spinney Hill Primary School

Mary Hirst – Retired Headteacher
Margaret Greig - Westfield Junior School

Lead Professionals

Andie Bailey
Afshah Deen
Annaleen Toon
Claire Mulhern
Estelle Ewing
Helen Smith
Jez Smith
Louise Saunders
Phil Page
Rachel Durham
Sarah Eaton
Tim Gilbert


Tracey Lawrence
Clair Dedman
Danielle Marks
Estelle Ewing
Georgina Kendall
Helen Oliver
Jason Cader
Jenny Ruane
Katie Harris
Kayt Hennesey
Kirsty Rowntree
Lisa Bishop
Lisa Stewart
Lynda McKenzie
Martin Tillbrook
Megan Williams
Phillippa Campbell
Vicky Newman


Initial Teacher Training and Career Entry Support


In February 2014 we became an accredited SCITT providing Primary initial teacher training with our partner TSA Candleby Lane TSA and now train up to 70 trainees per year across the partnership. In November 2017 we were rated Outstanding by Ofsted and continue to develop our work further as aprovider. More information about applying to train to teach with us can be found by visiting www.inspiringleadersscitt.com

Affinity TSA works hard to ensure that teachers are well supporting in the early years of their career and has a robust programme of support through its career entry programme– details can be found here. This programme can be accessed by both members and non member schools and is delivered by Emma Turner our CPDL lead for the alliance.

Affinity forms part TeachLeics which is a school led partnership operating across the City and County committed to ensuring high quality support for new teachers in the area. Visit  http://www.teachleics.co.uk/for more details.

Continual Professional Development and Learning


Affinity TSA partners recognise the importance of investing in our staff and know that the quality of professional learning they access directly impacts their classroom practice. As such we have developed a comprehensive range of opportunities for staff to access each year regardless of your role in school.

Support staff, Teachers and Leaders in alliance partner schools can access a broad range of development opportunities during their career. Affinity organises a range of collaborative learning programmes, network meetings, conferences and bespoke programmes to meet the needs of our schools which are led by our system leaders and Lead Professionals.

Details about our programmes can be found on our online booking site https://bookwhen.com/affinitytsa

Affinity TSA is a core partner of Inspiring Leaders a license holder for the National Professional Qualifications in school leadership. All member schools benefit from discounted access to the following programmes;


Details about these programmes and the work of Inspiring Leaders can be found by clicking here.

School to School Support (S2SS)

Affinity TSA supports every member of the alliance with S2SS each year through its integrated bespoke planning process. Each school in the alliance is allocated a supporting system leader and provided with an opportunity to tailor the support their school receives each year through a running S2SS process. We provide support in a range of ways for schools and can vary the type of support given to schools as requested.

We have a consistent charging policy for our work:

NLE/LLE Support = £550 per day
SLE Support = £350 per day

If you would like support in your school and you are not part of the alliance please get in touch and we will endeavour to support you.

SSIF Reading Project

In January 2018 Affinity TSA was awarded £489,000 by the DFE to lead on a County wide reading improvement project focussing on KS1-KS2 progress. We are working closely with local TSAs and MATS and 41 partner schools in a local learning cluster model to support these schools to improve their approach to teaching and leading reading.

More information about the findings from SSIF can be found on our partnership website http://www.leicestershiretsa.co.uk/


Affinity TSA is open to new member schools joining and encourages schools or MATs to get in touch if they are interested. We will come out to meet you and share more about our work and explain how the full membership works. Please contact info@affinitytsa.co.uk for more details or contact us on 0116 3184066

Regional Partnership

Affinity TSA plays a key role in the regional TSA partnership sitting on the East Midlands South Yorkshire and Humber (EMSYH) partnership board and contributes to the East Midlands Teaching School Alliance partnership (See logo) which leads and coordinate the school lead system in the region. For more information please visit http://www.emsyh.org.uk/

Connect with us

Kibworth Grammar School Hall

School Road, Kibworth

Leicestershire LE8 0EW

  • dummy0116 279 3462

  • Monday-Friday: 9am to 5pm

  • Email: info@discoveryschoolstrust.org.uk

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