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Ash Grove Academy
Belgrave Rd
SK11 7TF

About Us

The Aspirer Teaching Alliance is a collaboration between more than twenty schools, both Primary and Secondary, led by Ash Grove Academy with partners in the Macclesfield area, Sandbach, Crewe, Northwich and Stoke on Trent. Our ethos is simply to improve outcomes for all young people, especially those from more challenging circumstances. Ash Grove is a an EEF Research School so you will be learning at the forefront of education.

As a provider of initial teacher education, we aim to provide an experience which is based as much as possible in the real life of schools with support from innovative, forward thinking and friendly teachers. Graduates from this year’s course have commented on the “family” feel that the alliance has.

Staff & Team

Mark Avis is the Programme Leader of Aspirer School Direct. He is the Director of Mathematics for the Aspire Educational Trust and was the Deputy Headteacher of Ash Grove Primary School in its journey from a school “causing concern” in 2009 to an Outstanding school in 2013.

Kevin Simpson is the Executive Headteacher of the Aspire Educational Trust . He is a National Leader of Education and was the Headteacher of Ash Grove Primary School in its journey from a school “causing concern” in 2009 to an Outstanding school in 2013.

Charlotte Clowes is the Director of the Aspirer Teaching Alliance. She is also a Specialist Leader of Education in English and sits on the Executive of the National Handwriting Association.

Alison Broadhurst is the Lead Administrator for the Aspirer Teaching Alliance.

Partner Schools

Places are within our Teaching Alliance, and placements will be at one of the following schools:

Ash Grove Academy, Belgrave Rd, Macclesfield, SK11 7TF
Underwood West Primary School, Newcastle Rd, Crewe, CW13LF
Sandbach Primary Academy, Crewe Rd, Sandbach, CW11 4NS
Peover Superior Primary School, Stocks Lane, Over Peover, WA16 8TU
The Wilmslow Academy, Handforth Rd, Wilmslow, SK9 2LX
Park Royal Primary School, Lyon St, Macclesfield, SK11 6QX
Styal Primary School, Altrincham Rd, Styal, SK9 4JE
Hollinhey Primary School, Bell Avenue, Sutton, Macclesfield, SK11 0EE

Puss Bank Primary School, Barracks Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 1QJ
Gawsworth Primary School, Longbutts Lane, Gawsworth, SK11 9QU
Ivy Bank Primary School, Valley Rd, Macclesfield SK11 8PB
Victoria Rd Primary School, Victoria Road, Northwich, CW9 5RE
Wilbraham Primary School, Platt Lane, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 7FB
St Albans Primary, Priory Lane, Macclesfield, SK10 3HJ
Monks Coppenhall Academy, Remer St, Crewe, CW1 4LY