External Partnerships

Proud to be Involved

Cockburn School is proud to be involved with many partnerships with a range of external providers, agencies, organisations and businesses. The focus of these partnerships is ultimately upon having a positive impact on our students and students and staff from other schools. This page shares some brief highlights and summaries of some of our many successful partnerships.


Cockburn School is proud to be a Strategic Partner of Leeds Teaching School Hub. We have benefited greatly from having worked with the hub since its inception in September 2021 on the key ‘golden thread’ of core responsibilities of Initial Teacher Training (ITT), the Early Career Framework (ECF) and the National Professional Qualification suite (NPQs).

It is essential that all teachers from the point at which they enter the profession at the start of their training year right through to teachers with many years of professional experience are given exceptional opportunities to develop their knowledge and skills. Leeds Teaching School Hub is different in its approach to other providers as it offers a highly personalised, face-to-face experience that is woven throughout all aspects of its delivery programme.

The highly experienced and knowledgeable Director of ECF is dedicated to working with schools across the city. As a consequence, those schools benefit from in-person visits that instill confidence in both the Early Career Teacher (ECT) and the mentor, thus empowering them to engage effectively with the ECF and to develop their knowledge and expertise. Expert facilitators also offer a further layer of support for the professional development of both ECTs and mentors.

Leeds Teaching School Hub also delivers the full suite of NPQs and aims to offer the vast majority of its NPQ seminars in a face-to-face setting, providing colleagues from across the city with the opportunity to come together, to network, to reflect on and to refine their practice.

We would highly recommend all aspects of the work of Leeds Teaching Hub and if, having had the opportunity to start to learn about the hub’s work, you wish to find out more, then we would welcome a conversation with you.

To begin the process of registering an interest with Leeds Teaching School Hub in the first instance please contact its Principal, Nicola Cornfoot, at info@ltsh.org.uk

Further important information is also available on the Leeds Teaching School Hub website at www.leedsteachingschoolhub.co.uk

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The P-TECH programme was created by IBM. P-Tech is an innovative education model for students aged 14-18. IBM has developed the P-TECH programme to prepare young people for the future and to give them the technical and employability skills they need to secure good quality jobs or continue their studies. Already deployed in over 100 schools worldwide. P-TECH is a secondary pathway that brings together the best elements of school, further and higher education and work experience to give young people better access to jobs and university.

Cockburn School and Cockburn John Charles Academy are the first secondary schools to work with P-TECH in the UK. It was launched in March 2019at the Leeds Civic Hall. This fast-growing model is demonstrating the power of public-private sector partnerships in strengthening education and giving students a head-start in the digital skills economy.

For students this means they:

  • Develop real workplace skills with some of our business partners
  • They receive Mentoring, guidance and support from businesses
  • Get the opportunity to take part in work site visits
  • They get direct access to employers when they graduate from the programme
  • Paid summer internships in their final year
  • Opportunity to study an industry recognised higher level technical qualification

P-TECH students will be prepared to begin careers in a range of exciting, competitive 21st century jobs in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). 

Every sector requires a STEM professional who can perform complex technical tasks, work within a team and solve problems. Whether designing and testing future products or analysing defects in software and driving quality improvements for global customers, P-TECH graduates will be helping our world work better. 

Student commitment
We expect P-TECH students to be:

  • Eager to learn the skills needed to succeed in the highly competitive STEM industries of tomorrow.  
  • Curious, dedicated, hands-on learners ready to take on the challenges of school, college, work, and life.  
  • Excited to participate in extracurricular activities.

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Cockburn is the Leeds Trinity SCITT lead school for Music, Dance and Drama PGCE training and is responsible for leading the in-school provision for a number of trainee Music teachers in 2014. In 2015, this provision will develop to include the PGCE training of Drama/Performing Arts.

School Centred Initial Teacher Training courses are ideal for any graduate who wishes to complete their teacher training within a school environment. As all Trinity SCITT courses are led by local active teaching professionals, trainees can expect to receive a high level of training and support from both inside and outside the classroom. That’s why if trainees are passionate about working within a teaching environment and eager to develop confidence and understanding as a teacher, a School Centred Initial Teacher Training course is a fantastic choice for them.

SCITT courses offer a full Professional-Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and 60 Masters credits.

Click here for more information about the Leeds Trinity SCITT route into teaching.

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International law firm Pinsent Masons has been awarded four prestigious Big Tick awards by Business in the Community for the firm’s community investment initiatives. The awards are part of the National Awards for Excellence, the UK’s most influential, independent, peer-assessed corporate responsibility awards. The Awards for Excellence reward businesses which have had a positive impact on society and which demonstrate that being responsible is integral to their business model. Pinsent Masons has won one new Big Tick and two reaccreditations in the Education category which recognises programmes that raise the attainment and aspirations of young people by building sustainable partnerships with schools. The firm has also been recognised for its long standing partnership with Cockburn School.

For more than 15 years, staff from Pinsent Masons staff have mentored KS3 students in Maths and English.

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National Theatre Connections (also referred to as New Connections and formerly Shell Connections) is the National Theatre’s annual youth theatre scheme, originally founded in 1995. The National Theatre annually commissions ten plays from established playwrights which are performed by youth theatre groups across the UK. Groups are invited to perform at Connections Festivals held at a professional theatre in their area, and then one selected performance of each play from throughout the country is invited to perform at the National Theatre London. In our first year of entry and after selecting a play called ‘45mins’ by award winning writer Anya Reiss and performing one home performance here at Cockburn and one performance at the West Yorkshire Playhouse, the company were chosen as 1 of only 10 companies (from a total of 220) to be invited to perform at the National Theatre London in 2013.


Leeds Music Education Partnership (LMEP) is the music education hub for Leeds.  Drawing together schools with partners from many organisations involved with music education, LMEP delivers a coordinated music offer in response to the National Plan for Music Education fulfilling the hub roles and providing subsidies and support. Cockburn School is an LMEP Champion School for music meaning our excellent contribution to music education in Leeds has been recognised and as a result have been award Music Mark Status.