Welcome to Westbridge Teaching School

Welcome to the Westbridge Teaching School Alliance website! We hope some of the things we offer will be of interest to you.

Westbridge is an accredited Teaching School based in Wigan, Greater Manchester. The lead schools, Platt Bridge Community School and Westfield Community School have an outstanding track record. Both are new schools, both have maintained and voluntary nursery classes running in a fully integrated way and both have Start Well Family Centres. Both schools and all services on their sites have been judged to be “outstanding” in their relevant Ofsted inspections.

Platt Bridge is a Multi Academy Trust with a Teacher Training Centre (Kinsgsbridge SCITT) within the Trust.

Our aim is to “Bridge the Gap” in:

  • the quality and impact of provision for pupils
  • the quality of opportunities for staff development
  • outcomes for the most disadvantaged and their peers

The Headteachers and staff, along with our strategic partners, look forward to working with you to support you and your colleagues in improving teaching and learning and leadership and management in your school or setting.

Mission Statement

Working collaboratively with partners to “bridge the gap” by ensuring that every child and adult has the best opportunities and support possible to ensure their success.


To improve the quality of professional practice to promote high achievement for children and staff in all settings in the Alliance, with a particular focus on settings in challenging circumstances.


Every child and adult:

  • Matters;
  • deserves the best opportunities to ensure their success in the world and;
  • is entitled to the best support that can be provided.


In pursuit of a shared moral purpose, we will uphold the following values:

  • Optimism and aspiration;
  • Respect for self and others;
  • Openness, honesty and trust;
  • Integrity and resilience;
  • Inclusivity and equal opportunity.

The Teaching School works in collaboration with Wigan LA and all schools and settings in Wigan and makes schools in the borough its first priority. We work beyond the borough in all strands in order to capitalise on collaboration with like-minded professionals.

Strategic Partners

Platt Bridge Community School
Westfield Community School
Ashton St Thomas CE Primary
Douglas Valley Nursery School
Hindley Nursery School
Rose Bridge Academy
Kingsbridge SCITT
Wigan Local Authority

Accountability, Governance & Decision Making

The Teaching School is held to account by a Strategic Board comprising of a representative from each of its Strategic Partners. Strategic Partners are required to sign a Memorandum of Understanding (partnership agreement).

The Executive Management group (EMG) consists of the Headteacher of the two lead schools and 2 Teaching School Lead Teachers. The role of EMG is to translate the vision of the Teaching School into action; supported by the Lead Practitioners for the Big 6 areas, all of whom form the Operational Management Group. (OMG)



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