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Our Achievements

As an outstanding school, Blessed Thomas Holford was given a leading role in the training and professional development of teachers, support staff and headteachers, as well as contributing to the raising of standards through school-to-school support.

Blessed Thomas Holford Catholic College is a Specialist college with the remarkable achievements:

Ofsted judged the school outstanding in all areas for a second time

The school facilitates teaching and learning programmes and in turn trains facilitators throughout the country, through National Teaching School status

The college currently works alongside Future Leaders and The National College of Teaching and Leadership, in addition the college currently hosts the NPQSL qualification

The school is highly experienced in outreach work, having been part of the Greater Manchester Challenge for three years and worked with several schools

The school has developed its own Leadership Programme for all staff

Our Headteacher is a National Leader in Education and the school a National Support School

All our courses take place in our state-of-the-art purpose built conference facilities



Since we expanded to the North of England, two and a half years ago, Blessed Thomas Holford has been one of our strongest supporters, highest quality partners and most trusted advisors. Although not eligible to nominate participants for our programmes, BTH has seen the benefit of partnership from the perspective of those eligible schools in their network. Through BTH, and the advocacy of the Headteacher and Associate Headteacher in particular, we have been able to provide much-needed support for middle leaders in schools in Salford and across the North West of England. We have also been able to share with them the outstanding practices which are at the heart of BTH’s success.

I feel strongly that all my interactions with BTH are weighed, by the Senior Leadership Team, not in terms of ‘what’s in it for BTH’ but in terms of ‘what’s best for the children’, both in their own school and beyond. This shared morale purpose has underpinned our productive relationship. Practically, our partnership has included members of BTH’s SLT and the Headteacher joining our facilitator team, the Associate Headteacher’s role as part of our Fellows coaching team, advocacy and introductions to other schools, partnering on facilitation skills training for serving school leaders and the provision of free venue space for key training events.

Our North Team now works with more than 100 schools across the North of England. Our relationship with BTH embodies the very best in partnership working – mutually beneficial, with outcomes for children at the heart of all we do – and we are extremely grateful for BTH’s continued support.

– Melanie Renowden Regional Director, North Teaching Leaders