Aspirer School Direct


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Ash Grove Academy
Belgrave Rd
SK11 7TF


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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, Wilmslow, Manchester (Fallowfield) Sandbach, Crewe and Northwich. 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.

We have designed a programme with our partners, Sheffield Hallam University (SHU – rated by OFSTED as Outstanding), which is school based – Associate Teachers spend the vast majority of their time in the classroom – but supported by high quality professional development both at Aspirer and SHU.

You will:

  • Spend the entire year learning how to teach in a real classroom
  • Work towards being an outstanding teacher
  • Have experience of working in two contrasting schools and key stages over the course of the year
  • Be mentored by your Learning Coach, who will be an experienced, expert and outstanding teacher
  • Follow a rigorous but rewarding programme of professional development
  • Have lots of opportunity to collaborate with other Associate Teachers
  • Have access to the most up to date research evidence through the Aspirer Research School

Staff and 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.

isa Finnegan is the Director of the Aspirer Teaching School Alliance. She is a Specialist leader in Education for Maths and the Principal of Ash Grove Academy in Macclesfield.

Rachel Swann 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
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
Victoria Rd Primary School
Victoria Road, Northwich, CW9 5RE
Wilbraham Primary School
Platt Lane, Fallowfield, Manchester, M14 7FB
Monks Coppenhall Academy
Remer St, Crewe, CW1 4LY
Holmes Chapel Primary School
Middlewich Rd, CW4 7EB
Buxton Infants School
Hardwick Square, SK17 6QB
Buxton Junior School
Mosely Rd, SK17 9DR

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