Inspiring Leaders aims to utilise the experience and expertise of some of the most inspirational leaders of today to support the development of school leaders of the future.

We passionately believe that great school leadership has the power to transform children’s lives and we are therefore committed to provide the best possible learning opportunities to all of our participants.

How we started

Inspiring Leaders is a recently formed “not for profit” partnership company consisting of five outstanding Teaching Schools and one outstanding Special School. This group of schools came together through a shared passion and commitment to develop the inspirational school leaders of tomorrow.

We have recently been awarded a license by the National College to deliver following programmes;

Level 1 - NPQML
Level 2 - NPQSL
Level 3 - NPQH

Our philosophies

    • We believe that school leadership is the key to improving outcomes for children.
    • We recognise the importance of current practising leaders inspiring the leaders of tomorrow.
    • We believe that coaching is integral to developing school leaders and is a skill that all school leaders should develop
    • We believe good leadership is context driven and we are therefore committed to utilising leaders and venues from different contexts from across our region.
    • We believe that consistent support is essential when completing any learning journey.
    • We are committed to providing face to face learning opportunities in small groups, ensuring that all participants receive the support needed.
    • We are committed to ensuring that all of our programmes have an impact on your school and your placement school.

Who we are?

All lead schools have a proven track record of outstanding leadership and the development and delivery of outstanding leadership programmes. In partnership with the six outstanding lead schools are a wide number of primary, special and secondary schools.

Ash Lea School

Ash Lea School is a Special School in south Nottinghamshire which caters for the educational needs of children and young people (age range 3 to 19) that experience complex learning difficulties. Ash Lea school is judged as outstanding and brings a wealth of leadership expertise. Ash Lea is a member of the Raising Achievement Network, Candleby Lane Teaching School Alliance and Nottinghamshire Special School Soft Federation, so has played a significant role in collaborative school improvement.

Brooke Weston Academy

Brooke Weston Academy is an 11-18 Academy in Corby with 1250 students. The school opened in 1991 as a City Technology College and converted to an Academy in 2008. Today, BWA is the flagship school in the Brooke Weston Trust. In September 2011, BWA was designated as a National Teaching School. Rated as Outstanding by OFSTED in its last two reports, BWA is an innovative, nationally-acclaimed, educational establishment whose inclusive ethos focuses on high expectations and independence in learning. The Academy also holds the following accreditations: IIP Gold, ECM Gold, ISO 9001:2008, Healthy Schools, Leading Edge and SSAT Consultant School status.

Cotgrave Candleby Lane School

Cotgrave Candleby Lane School is a large primary school in south Nottinghamshire developed through the amalgamation of three schools in 2007. The school is a National Support School and cohort one Teaching School. It has developed a comprehensive CPD programme and has delivered a range of leadership programmes, both locally and nationally. Head Teacher, Chris Wheatley, was runner up Headteacher of the year in 2008 and is now an NLE supporting a wide range of schools.

Kibworth CE

Kibworth CE is one of two founding schools of the Discovery Schools multi-academy trust. Kibworth CE is a large rural primary school which is rapidly expanding due to rising numbers. As a cohort one teaching school, Kibworth has a wealth of experience in supporting other schools through school improvement partnerships, developing CPD opportunities and delivering leadership development programmes.

Mount Street Academy

Mount Street Academy is an outstanding Infant and Nursery School with 360 children aged 3-7. An NPQH placement school and a National Support School, Mount Street Academy works in close partnership with several schools locally and is considered to be a centre of excellence for Early Years provision. In 2012, Mount Street Academy became Lincolnshire’s first National Teaching School and recently founded the KYRA Teaching School Alliance.

Redhill Academy


The Redhill Academy is a large, mixed secondary school in the residential district of Arnold, some four miles north of the centre of Nottingham. It caters for students across the 11-18 age and ability ranges, and currently has 1340 students on roll, including a Post 16 of 200. The Academy’s most recent OFSTED inspection in January 2009 recognised it as an outstanding school. We became an academy in December 2010. We have been designated by the DfE as a National Support School and our Principal, Andrew Burns, is a National Leader of Education. In April 2012 we became a National Teaching School and currently lead an alliance of over twenty other schools. The Redhill Trust is an active academy sponsor, currently sponsoring another local secondary school, The Carlton Academy.


“For me, school leadership is all about transforming lives – the lives of the children and young people and the lives of the staff. The Programmes which Inspiring Leaders is licensed to provide will be transformational in the lives of aspiring school leaders.”

Cathie Paine // Inspiring Leader

“I personally believe that effective school leadership is the single most important factor to achieving a successful school. I am determined to ensure that Inspiring Leaders creates talented school leadership for the future. School leadership is safe in our hands.”

Chris Wheatley // Inspiring Leader

Where are we?

Due to our commitments to partnership working, we have developed a network of schools across the East Midlands. This ensures that we will be delivering these programmes locally to you .

Work towards a masters with Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University, in partnership with ‘Inspiring Leaders’, offers you an exclusive opportunity to maximise your NPQH experience by integrating a postgraduate qualification with your study.