About Us

North Star is a collaboration of primary schools across North Yorkshire,
led by Meadowside Academy in Knaresborough, and is a division of Elevate
Multi-Academy Trust. We were designated in the Spring of 2014 and are proud
to support schools throughout the region and to provide high-quality initial
teacher training through our successful School Direct programme.

We have a close working relationship with Polaris Teaching School Alliance, based out of St Mary’s RC Primary School in Malton, with whom we share an Executive Board and collaborative joint practice development. We also work with strategic partners including North Yorks Primary Teaching School Alliances (NYPSTA), the North Yorkshire Local Authority, Leeds Trinity University, the Teaching Schools Council, the RSC, Carnegie Leaders in Learning, York St John University and others. Our vision is to embed a culture of truly continual professional development for all teachers and TAs at every level. We are not a top-down school-improvement service – we are a facilitation service for schools and
their staff to improve their own practice through collaboration and research. Our CPD offer is built on programmes that develop an individual’s skills and practice over time and through working with others, complemented by bespoke short training courses that meet specific need. Our approach to each of the areas of focus (CPD, iTT, R&D, Leadership, School to School Support) is underpinned by this vision and we strive to make it relevant to all members from trainees taking their first steps into teaching to the most experienced
Head Teachers.