Elmridge Primary School Alliance


Primary with QTS and PGCE


Telephone: 0161 980 4941

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Wilton Drive
Hale Barns
WA15 0JF

About Us

Elmridge and its alliance partners, working together, have combined their expertise to continue to deliver the School Direct programme into 2017-18. The diverse representation of schools within the alliance offers a vast range of experiences giving trainees the opportunity to learn and excel.

One of the most empowering routes into teaching is the School Direct route. It offers the opportunity to learn with and from a team of professionals in an inspirational and dedicated Teaching School Alliance. This is a year-long school-based training programme that will lead to both Postgraduate Certification (PGCE) and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). It will embody a collaborative approach enabling trainees to connect with experienced school-based professionals, whilst also receiving guidance from The Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) education faculty and staff. The training will be delivered jointly by MMU and by expert teachers from the Alliance schools.

The School Direct programme, offered by the Elmridge Primary School Alliance is a full-time primary unsalaried programme running from September to July.

Elmridge Teaching School and its alliance partners have a wealth of strengths to offer you. As well as each school having its own distinctive strengths, the alliance will draw upon Specialist Leaders in Education to enhance the School Direct Training. This unique school-based learning opportunity is built upon the fundamental relationships between the alliance partners, the University and you.

You will be trained in a highly supportive and aspirational environment and will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary for the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning.

The Alliance commitment to you:
A main placement in a designated school
A contrasting placement, from within the wider Alliance
Classroom observations
A nominated, experienced, school based mentor
Regular mentor meetings that support, feedback and challenge your professional development
Experience across the primary age range (5-11 years old)
Experience in delivering core and foundation subjects
Enhanced educational theory sessions and practical advice on succeeding in the classroom.
Opportunities for you to tailor and influence your own professional development
Enhanced educational theory sessions and practical advice on succeeding in the classroom.
Working with individuals/small groups/and whole classes to deliver lessons
Planning and delivery of blocked training sessions
Assessment of pupil attainment and progress
Lectures and online learning with an iPad on loan for 12 months
Mentor sessions/support
Experience of the wider school community
Extra-curricular activities
Professional Development Training Sessions

Elmridge has a very successful School Direct history with:
100% of trainees successfully completing the programme with a minimum grading at least ‘Good’
100% employed in readiness for start of the new school year upon completion of the course

“School direct was definitely the right choice for me with the outstanding level of training and guidance from everyone involved”
(School Direct Trainee 2014-2015)

“This year has been the most intense year of my life but at the same time everything I have experienced has been really, really rewarding and I’m so glad that I’ve come into teaching”
(School Direct Trainee 2015-2016)

Staff & Team

Jayne Carmichael leads Elmridge Primary School Alliance’s School Direct programme and has done so since it was first introduced in September 2014. As well as leading the School Direct programme, as a qualified teacher with 20 years teaching experience Jayne also leads Elmridge’s Teaching School. As a Teaching School, Elmridge is at the forefront of school-led Initial Teacher Training and is uniquely placed to deliver innovative training opportunities, due to strong partnerships, working across an alliance of schools.

Elmridge has a very successful School Direct history with:
100% of trainees successfully completing the programme with a minimum grading at least ‘Good’
100% employed in readiness for start of the new school year upon completion of the course


Partner Schools

The Teaching School Alliance will place successful School Direct applicants into the schools that will be most able to meet their specific needs. Successful applicants will be designated a ‘main’ school. A contrasting ‘second’ placement as well as an SEN placement will also be provided within the School Direct Alliance.

The Elmridge Teaching School Direct Alliance includes:

Acre Hall Primary School
Irlam Road
M41 6NA
Acre Hall is a one-form entry primary school situated in the west of Trafford LA. Acre Hall has considerable expertise in the education of children with special needs.

Barton Clough Primary School
Audley Avenue
M32 9TG
Barton Clough Primary School prides itself on its holistic approach and ‘working together’ to ensure children and families are safe, happy and successful. There is a strong emphasis on inclusion, with two small specialist classes on site, a therapeutic space for intervention, Forest Schools and a Nurture Room.

Elmridge Primary School
Wilton Drive
Hale Barns
WA15 0JF
Elmridge is a one-form entry, outstanding primary school situated in the South of Trafford. Elmridge prides itself on its broad and balanced curriculum that educates the whole child. It has developed effective partnerships with other local schools; these partnerships are particularly effective in Initial Teacher Training (ITT).

Park Road Sale Primary School
Abbey Road
M33 6HT
Park Road is an outstanding, one form entry primary school. It recently became an academy and is expanding in order to serve the needs of the pupils within its community. Park Road is at the forefront of using ICT to support its creative curriculum, having won national and international awards for our work in this area.

St Anne’s CoE Primary School
Trinity Road
M33 3ES
St Anne’s C of E is in a quiet area of Sale, serving the Parish of St Anne’s and St Francis. This is very much a family school, stressing Christian values and creating an environment which, whilst academically rigorous, retains genuine warmth and friendliness. Parents and pupils alike remark on the caring, welcoming atmosphere. At St Anne’s children are happy, well rounded individuals ensuring that every child has the best opportunity to reach their full, personal, social and academic potential.

The Orchards
Irlam Road
M41 6NA
The Orchards is proud to open its doors for the first time in September 2016 for primary aged children with special needs. The school opens in Acre Hall’s old building before moving to the £5 million purpose built school in the M32 postcode in December 2017.
The school caters for pupils, who have complex needs and speech and communication difficulties through a variety of innovative approaches such as speech and language therapy, pet therapy, state of the art technology and a completely personalised curriculum which is truly child and interest led. The school’s specialisms are creativity and sport and it has recruited experts within this field to enhance the curriculum and the opportunities and experiences of the pupils.