The Arch Alliance


Primary PGCE Schools Direct
15 Places


Phone: 01706 360027

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All Souls’ CE Primary School
Rye Street, Heywood, OL10 4DF

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About Us

The Arch Teaching Alliance is a very successful group of schools working together within Heywood which is incorporated in the Rochdale Local Authority. We are focused upon providing an outstanding experience for trainee teachers within our schools. We provide a School Direct PGCE programme which offers unique enhancement training across our schools throughout the PGCE year.

We have outstanding teaching staff who can provide those necessary experiences and models to mould your future teaching career. Experienced staff will provide a bespoke mentoring programme and the lead school will offer a personal contact should you need additional guidance or support. Within your tutor group, you will engage in preparation for, and reflection of, your professional practices and plan next steps.

We work closely with Edge Hill University to ensure that you are able to develop your teaching practice to enhance your academic, research and understanding of teaching and learning.
The Arch Teaching Alliance in conjunction with Edge Hill University through the School Direct approach offers the best of both worlds.

Our Team

Gemma Croston – Head of Teaching School

Gemma is an experienced leader; she is the Head at Teaching School at All Souls’ CE Primary School. Within her role Gemma also leads English, Maths and Computing across Key Stage Two. Gemma has a particular interest in Key Stage Two; securing high standards of work, behaviour and progress. Gemma is a very experienced SENCo, Gemma has a good knowledge of policy and procedure, managing and mediating for conflict resolution, provision for SEN support and ensuring robust systems are in place. As a leader Gemma is keen to support and improve SEN provision. Gemma has been a long standing coach and mentor for many staff and NQT’s, she has developed staff skills to help them improve behaviour management, provision for SEN and teaching and learning.

Lisa Pearson – Deputy Head Teacher and the School Direct/PGCE School Lead

Lisa is an experienced leader with experience of senior leadership across two schools for more than 10 years. She is currently the Deputy Headteacher at All Souls’ CE Primary School where she leads whole school teaching and learning to ensure high expectations equate to high standards of pupil outcomes. Lisa regularly coaches staff to develop their practice in the classroom alongside being an experienced mentor for PGCE trainees and NQTs. She is the school lead facilitator for the Arch Alliance School Direct ITT programme in partnership with Edge Hill University and has delivered workshops for trainees at the university. Lisa is also responsible for mathematics and English in Early Years/Key Stage 1; analysing data, setting targets, evaluating teaching and learning and leading on practice to enable all pupils to make progress.

Schools & Partners

All Souls'

All Souls’ CE Primary School

Harwood Park

Harwood Park Primary

Heap Bridge

Heap Bridge Village Primary


Hopwood Community Primary School

St Lukes CE Primary

St Luke’s CE Primary School

St Margarets

St Margaret’s CE Primary School


Caldershaw Primary School

Milnrow Parish

Milnrow Parish CE Primary School