Hursthead Junior School Alliance


Primary School Direct non-salaried – 4 places


Phone: 0161 439 6961

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Hursthead Junior School
Kirkstead Road
Cheadle Hulme

About Us

Hursthead Junior School Alliance is led by Hursthead Junior School, an outstanding three-form entry school in the south Manchester suburb of Cheadle Hulme. The school is committed to sharing best practice and leading the training of the teachers of the future.

Hursthead Junior School Alliance is a close-knit group of primary schools in the South Manchester area, who individually have substantial experience of working with trainees and a strong track record of producing high quality teachers.

Whilst each school has its own unique ethos, we all share a passion for developing teachers who are committed to delivering creative and fun teaching and learning opportunities.
We provide a comprehensive programme of learning and support, which equips trainee teachers with the skills and knowledge to become outstanding teachers.

The alliance offers School Direct places in partnership with the University of Manchester, who will validate the School Direct course with a PGCE qualification and QTS, giving you the opportunity to complete up to sixty credits towards a master’s degree.

We are committed to providing outstanding learning experiences for our children, and for our staff, therefore our trainees will need to be:

  • A sensitive, caring professional
  • A committed, hard-worker
  • An approachable, open and honest colleague
  • An enthusiastic team player, full of energy and a sense of humour
  • A confident, engaging communicator
  • A resilient learner, who keeps going in the face of new challenges.

Successful applicants to our alliance will become part of a family, which offers mentoring from highly experienced practitioners across the full range of primary phases and which will help you to learn and grow in confidence within stimulating environments.

Don’t just take our word for it! Here’s what Mike Kinlock, a former School Direct trainee with the Hursthead Junior School Alliance had to say: School Direct was the perfect training route for me because I wanted to learn on the job! I am so pleased I chose the Hursthead Junior School Alliance as, from Day One, I was straight into school life and had the opportunity to observe expert teachers – on a daily basis! I was supported incredibly well by my mentor and I really felt, throughout my time, that everyone on the staff wanted me to succeed. The whole course has been an incredible learning journey and I have been encouraged to take risks that have pushed me out of my comfort zone, but resulted in opening my eyes to new and different ways of teaching. At the end of my School Direct training with the Hursthead Junior School Alliance, I felt fully equipped for my NQT year and excited for my future career as a teacher.

Partner Schools

Places are within our Teaching Alliance, and placements will be at one of the following schools:
Hursthead Junior School provides children with a bespoke creative curriculum, rich in wider learning activities inside and outside the classroom. This outstanding school has subject specialists in English and Maths, with a wealth of teaching and training experience.
Hursthead Infant School is an outstanding school that excels in creating a nurturing environment for young children, whilst stimulating their minds with a creative, cross-curricular approach to learning.
Bradshaw Hall Primary School is an outstanding, innovative school, particularly in the fields of computing and outdoor learning. With a warm and welcoming learning environment, the school also has a Speech and Language unit on site. The school has the Primary Science Quality Mark Gold Award and two members of staff have received Science Teacher of the Year.
Didsbury Road Primary School serves a diverse community and its vision of developing “happy, caring, confident learners” encompasses all aspects of school life. Lead Associate Partners for Early Years teaching and learning, the school also takes a lead on a range of Action Research Groups.
Wilmslow Grange Primary School provides a wealth of creative learning opportunities within and outside the core curriculum, particularly in Music and Art. It also has Resource Provision for children with Autistic Spectrum Condition and is a Gold Kitemark PE School.
Oak Tree Primary School is a new, purpose-built, 3-form entry school that has heavily invested in new technology. It has a wealth of expertise in SEN and a Maths specialist.