The Ryders Hayes Alliance

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A National Teaching School at the forefront of primary education; with a reputation for high quality training and development and school to school support; accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). Lead school for School Direct, Ryders Hayes School opens its doors each year to hundreds of trained teachers; newly qualified teachers; teaching assistants; middle leaders and Specialist Leaders in Education from across the West Midlands and beyond, all seeking to improve their practice.

Ryders Hayes, an Academy since 2011, is a caring school of some 460 children, with a focus on personal growth and learning; equipping pupils with the skills and attributes to embrace the challenges of a rapidly changing world; ‘to do the right thing, to be the best they can be’. 

For further information contact Cheryl Heaton, Head Initial Teacher Training, on 01922 683008 or browse the website at

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Birmingham City University has around 23,500 students from 80 countries; it is a large, diverse and increasingly popular place to study. We put students at the heart of everything we do, giving them the best opportunities for future success. The School of Education is one of the country’s leading providers of education and teacher   training courses. We provide superb facilities and high quality teaching, delivered by dedicated and caring staff, all of whom have either been teachers or have worked in education. We train more teachers than any other university in the West Midlands, and are the 10th largest teacher training provider in the UK. In the latest Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) Survey 95 per cent of Birmingham City University trained newly qualified primary teachers rated the quality of their training good or outstanding. At Birmingham City University our aim is to develop highly skilled teachers who are committed, creative and confident.

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A large primary school with over four hundred pupils on roll. We pride ourselves on being a family school at the heart of our diverse community. We have high expectations in all that we do. At our last Ofsted inspection Woodlands was judged to be a good school. Learning is our core purpose and is at the heart of all we do. We firmly believe that EVERY lesson counts and that at every opportunity there must be “new learning, new knowledge and new skills” this applies to all members of our school community because “together we strive for excellence!”

For further information about Woodlands Academy contact Mrs Tamsin Newton, Head Teacher, on 01922 710613 or browse the website at             

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Two of the oldest schools in Walsall founded to provide a high quality education within a Christian environment. The Blue Coat motto is Respice Prospice (Look Back – Look Forward). We value the traditions of more than 300 years of the Blue Coat Foundation, whilst providing a forward looking education.  

There are over 650 pupils on roll across the two schools. The Blue Coat children come from a wide range of social, economic, cultural and faith backgrounds and the schools are committed to full inclusion. The schools are popular with children and parents and they have a strong reputation for their service to their multi-faith community.  The Federation has strong links with the nearby Blue Coat Secondary Academy.  

The schools are committed to high standards and Ofsted has recognised the strength of provision in both schools, rating both schools as ‘good’. The schools have a long history of working with students. The Federation is committed to well-resourced and responsive professional development for all to ensure the highest quality of provision for the Blue Coat children is maintained. 

For further information about the Blue Coat Infant and Junior Schools contact Mr Anthony Orlik, Executive Head, on 01922 720740 or browse the website at


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Oakwood is a primary special school for pupils with severe and profound and multiple learning difficulties. Some pupils have additional sensory or medical needs and many are on the autistic spectrum. We have been judged by Ofsted as being outstanding across the board for the last 3 inspections. We are a very child focused, stable, experienced multi-agency team of professionals who strive for excellence in all that we do. We have an excellent reputation for supporting mainstream colleagues and offer placements to students who are interested in working in this field of education. Our families are well supported and we work together closely to ensure our pupils achieve their very best. We currently have 63 pupils on role aged between 3 and 11 years.

Our school is bright, vibrant and exciting. Our children are eager to learn, enthusiastic and very happy.

For further information about Oakwood School please contact Mrs Kay Mills, Head Teacher on 01543 452040 or browse the website


Leighswood School is located on Broadmeadow in Aldridge, on the eastern edge of Walsall. It is a large primary school with over 570 pupils aged between three and eleven years. We provide a caring environment where, through a wide range of balanced learning opportunities, children can reach their academic potential and grow into independent, responsible young people. Leighswood has an excellent reputation, which has been achieved through the commitment and enthusiasm of its pupils, staff, Governors and parents. We firmly believe that the best education for children rests upon a good partnership between home and school. For further information about Leighswood School contact Mr Duncan Speirs, Head Teacher, on 01922 743621 or browse the website at


Watling Street Primary School is a one form entry school with 230 pupils aged between 3 -11.  We are based on a beautiful green site on Brownhills Common.

We pride ourselves on the excellent relationships with our very supportive parents, and the achievements of our Pupils. We have high standards and our firm but friendly approach ensures we have few incidences of poor behaviour.  Our staff work hard to address the learning needs of our pupils so that they can achieve success and enjoy school life.  We believe that every lesson in school counts and that we must give our pupils the best chances possible to succeed.  We strive to ‘Learn Together’ and we have been judged outstanding in our last two Ofsted inspections.  Staff collaborate well and we have an outstanding team.

We want our children to feel valued, safe and happy with learning at the heart of all that we do.


Elmore Green Primary School is a lively, exciting place of learning in the heart of Bloxwich.

Our school has a good reputation within the local and educational community and was graded Outstanding by OFSTED in 2014.

At Elmore Green we work hard to raise our children’s aspirations and also value the individual achievements of each child. All of our staff are dedicated and are passionate about raising standards and improving the life chances of our children. We encourage all of our children to work together to be the best they can be.

For further information about Elmore Green contact Mrs Penny Jones-McDonald, Deputy Head Teacher, on 01922 7101692 or browse the website at


We are a vibrant and innovative early years and KS1 setting. Our school has a ‘family feel’ – a school where the atmosphere is palpable, visitors report you can ‘feel’ our school – a place where staff and children have fun learning and want to be.

We believe in the many positive benefits of cutting-edge technology – for staff and children – and both have access to the tools that are now such an integral part of modern life. ICT is visible in the majority of lessons, whether it is reinforcing learning, developing creativity, or inspiring, motivating and rewarding children.

All of our staff are committed to Inclusion, and we have a well-earned reputation for supporting children with varied and complex needs to make outstanding progress. It is a sign of our success that these children are integrated seamlessly into classes, and observing our nurture group in action helps you to understand how the skill of our SEND staff enable this to happen.

We teach a bespoke thematic curriculum that is continually refined year-on-year as we juggle changes in educational reform.  Staff plan together and support each other, this enables them to be reflective and adaptive and continually improve. To become part of our team – even for a short time, is to understand how rewarding and fulfilling a profession teaching can be –join us!