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About Us

Effective Partnership

The Alliance

We are a diverse alliance of school communities which together will champion school improvement and promote the very best in professional practice to ensure that every child benefits from its influence.

The circumstances vary widely but the commitment is identical:

  • To secure the very best learning and outcomes for all our children and young people;
  • To support all our teachers in their expertise and professionalism;
  • To bring together professional expertise in support of schools and colleagues;
  • To refresh the expertise of serving colleagues;
  • To nurture new generations of leaders who will share the vision and generosity of spirit that underpin our alliance.

Strategic Partners

Partner schools are located across rural North Yorkshire, the spa town of Harrogate, and the vibrant city of Bradford.  Skipton Girls’ High School is a member of Northern Star Academies Trust – all Trust schools are strategic partners

View the NSAT website   


Wider Partnerships include

  • Feversham Educational Trust and member schools
  • Titus Salt School, Saltaire
  • St Aidens C of E High School
  • St John Fisher Catholic High School
  • All Saints RCX School, York
  • Elevate and North Star MAT
  • Strength through School Fellowship, North Yorkshire
  • Belle Vue Girls’ Academy, Bradford
  • Settle College
  • Upper Wharfedale School
  • Dixons City Academy
  • Bradford Research School
  • Bradford Birth to 19 TSA
  • Wider regional and national partners: ·BDAT, The STAR Institute, Blackburn; · Tees Valley Collaborative Trust, Tees Valley; · Diocese of Middlesbrough TSA, · St Margaret Clitheroe Catholic Academy Trust, · Ebor Hope TSA; · Scarborough TSA; · Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust
Other key partnership activity
Northern Lights leads the Science Learning Partnership for STEM learning acting as the Science Hub for North and West Yorkshire, York, Calderdale Kirklees and Leeds.
Northern Lights leads Bradford For Teaching initiative, funded by the Opportunity Area to build Bradford as a great place to train, teach and build a career.
Northern Lights is a member of the All North Teaching Schools – North Yorkshire region
Northern Lights leads the DfE Equality and Diversity regional hubs for the North and East Midlands and Humber RSC regions working to promote representative school leadership.
Northern Lights has now completed delivery of a Round 1 SSIF bid in partnership with Dixons TSA and Research School. This included North Yorkshire primaries and Bradford Secondaries, improving Ebacc outcomes through improved communication.
Skipton Girls’ High School works with the Women Leading in Education steering group across West Yorkshire
Northern Lights works closely with TESinstitute to deliver SKE with face to face modules for the local context https://www.tes.com/institute/subject-knowledge-enhancement-ske
Skipton Girls’ High School is the lead school for Carnegie Leaders in Learning

Northern Star Academies Trust

Northern lights school centred initial teacher training