Platt Bridge Community School

Rivington Avenue, Platt Bridge, Wigan, WN2 5NG

01942 487999

Westbridge Teaching School Alliance


Welcome to the Westbridge Teaching School Alliance.

Westbridge is a National Teaching School led by Platt Bridge Community School, working in partnership with a variety of strategic Early Yeras, Primary, Secondary and Local Authority partners. All our school and strategic partners have a proven track record of excellence in their own schools and excellence in supporting other schools. 

We very much understand and appreciate the significance of strong collaboration in providing school to school support, sharing the best research and practice, and developing teaching and leadership capacity to improve educational provision across all phases. 

Should you feel that you would like to join our Teaching School or should you feel that we might be able to support you on your journey then please do not hesitate to contact us by calling 01942 487999 or via email 

We look forward to working with you,

Sue Darbyshire 
Chief Executive Officer | National Leader of Education | Executive  Headteacher 


Westbridge Teaching School:

  • Trains new teachers through Kingsbridge (SCITT)
  • Supports school improvement
  • Develops research that helps grow the profession.
  • Develops new, middle and senior leaders to help support the next generation of leaders.
  • Provides high quality continuous professional development.
  • Supports groups of schools to access government funding on behalf of the system.

We work with a range of schools across the region to achieve our aims.


Westbridge Teaching School Alliance aims to:

  • Improve the quality and impact of leadership, teaching and learning within the schools we work with.
  • Train the next generation of outstanding teachers through Kingsbridge teacher training.
  • Lead peer to peer learning and professional development, including the designation and deployment of Specialist Leaders of Education (SLE's)
  • Identify talent within schools and nurture leadership potential.
  • Support schools in innovative research projects


Strategic Partners - September 2019 - August 2020

Blackpool Research School                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   St Helens Local Authority                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Wigan Local Authority
Westbridge Teaching School Alliance
Forward Together Teaching School Alliance
WEP Board
Start Well Family Centre