EEF Research School

Alexandra Park Primary School is one of 33 Research Schools nationally. We are funded by the Education Endowment Foundation (EEF), an independent charity established to help break the link between family income and educational achievement. This mission is fully aligned with our school values and ambitions, and resonates with many of our colleagues across Stockport and Greater Manchester. The Research School Network is part of the EEF’s strategy to significantly increase direct support for schools. The goal is to support teachers and school leaders to raise attainment and close the disadvantage gap, we root our response to this educational challenge in the best available evidence.

Over a number of years, Alexandra Park has developed an evidenced-based approach to school improvement, an approach acknowledged in by OFSTED in our latest report:

'Leaders have a strong vision for the school and ensure that all decisions are based on the findings of rigorous research'.

Claire Williams is director of the Research School. She is also Deputy Headteacher with responsibility for Early Years and Pupil Premium. Claire has over 20 years experience working in a range of schools and phases and is passionate about improving outcomes for all pupils, particularly those facing disadvantage. She has worked with many schools across the North West and has expertise in effective professional development, understanding disadvantage and effective implementation. 

We have a team of highly experienced and skilled teachers, who view research as an integral part of improving teaching and learning. As a school, we are highly experienced in using Lesson Study and Teacher Research Groups, and these have been a key ingredient in  developing our own practice.

If you would like to find out more about our work or how to get involved, please email or visit:

Alexandra Park Research School