Catholic Teaching Alliance (North)


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At Main Site Preston
PGCE General Primary with QTS (5-11 years)

At CTA Preston Early Primary Hub
PGCE Early Primary with QTS (3-7 years)

At Main Site Preston and at the Blackburn Campus
PGCE Secondary Education with QTS (11-16 years):
Art & Design
Computer Science 
Modern Languages 
Physical Education (including PE with EBacc)
Religious Education 

Secondary with a 14-19 Pathway
At the Cardinal Newman Campus
PGCE Secondary Education with QTS:
Art & Design 
Business Studies 
Computer Science 
Media Studies
Modern Languages
Physical Education (including PE with EBacc) 
Religious Education


Catholic Teaching Alliance Training Office
01772 326931

Our Lady’s Catholic High School,
St Anthony’s Drive


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About Us

For every level of teacher training – Early Primary, Primary, Secondary or Secondary with post 16, look no further than the Catholic Teaching Alliance.

Our long established School Direct teacher training programmes have talented and experienced programme leaders to guide you on your way to becoming a qualified teacher (QTS, PGCE and CCRS).

Our unique approach to fostering a positive environment where each trainee is known to us as an individual remains one of our greatest strengths and one of the main reasons prospective trainees choose us.

The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is underpinned by a shared passion to train and develop outstanding and inspirational teachers who are highly employable and dedicated professionals. We aim to deliver the Catholic school leaders of tomorrow. You do not have to be a Catholic to train with us, though you will be expected to uphold the Catholic values of our family of schools. The Catholic Teaching Alliance (North) is a partnership of over 60 primary, secondary and post 16 establishments based mainly in the Dioceses of Lancaster, Liverpool and Salford. The lead school is Our Lady’s Catholic High School in Preston, ‘Outstanding’ in all categories from Ofsted in 2012 and a National Teaching School from 2014.

Our School Direct trainee teachers are placed in schools across the partnership to ensure that they are working alongside outstanding practitioners within high performing Catholic schools. Staff with existing expertise deliver a quality assured training programme to support trainees, based upon the Teachers’ Standards. By doing so, we are confident in ensuring quality training at all levels. Typically, 100% of our trainees graduate with Good or Outstanding grades.

We can offer support and guidance with your application at our frequent ‘Drop – in’ information sessions.

Staff and Team

Mary is Assistant Headteacher at Our Lady’s Catholic High School. In her role as Director of teaching school she leads a team of Specialist Leaders of Education and co-ordinates school improvement programmes through offering quality CPD and school to school support programmes. Mary oversees the monitoring and reviewing of all aspects of the Catholic Teaching School Alliance’s School Direct programmes, together with the team of programme leads of all phases.

Adrian is Assistant Headteacher at Our Lady’s Catholic High School and Director of ITT for the Catholic Teaching Alliance. Adrian is responsible for the planning, monitoring, quality assurance and reviewing of all aspects of the School Direct PGCE programme. He leads on the recruitment, selection and observation of trainees. He delivers mentor training to ensure consistency and high quality provision across our Alliance of placement schools. Adrian is passionate about teaching and learning. He coordinates and delivers sessions on the Training Programme, in collaboration with Alliance schools and the University of Cumbria. Adrian leads on the organisation and delivery of our hugely successful NPQML and NPQSL courses. He is Professional Mentor and NQT Induction Coordinator for Our Lady’s Catholic High School.

Cate is an experienced teacher and Headteacher. In her role as Initial Teacher Training Lead for the Catholic Teaching Alliance Primary PGCE course, Cate oversees and co-ordinates the training of our primary trainee teachers, co-ordinates placements and observes teaching. Cate ensures that the individual needs of each trainee are met and she works closely with our Cumbria University Professional Lead.

Angela was a Deputy Headteacher at St Bede’s RC High School Blackburn, until accepting the exciting role of Director of ITT Blackburn for the Catholic Teaching Alliance. She has a passion and enthusiasm for developing and supporting excellent, confident teachers working for the good of our young people in schools.
Angela has been responsible for: teaching and learning throughout school; continued professional development of staff; recruitment and NQTs and RQTs. She has developed teaching programmes in school and has coached and mentored staff in preparation for leadership. She has supported schools across the Local Authority.
Angela has also led on leadership programmes for Salford Diocese and on the NPQSL and ML. She is an SLE for English, teaching and ITT and holds the NPQH and Catholic Leadership Qualifications.

Vicky is Vice Principal at Cardinal Newman 6th Form College where she manages Teaching and Learning, Staffing, Marketing, HE, and Careers. As part of her role Vicky is the Catholic Teaching Alliance’s School Direct Lead at the College which involves working with a dedicated team to ensure the programme is delivered effectively and trainee teachers are supported from application through to placement.

Partner Schools

Cardinal Newman College

English Martyrs' Catholic Primary School
Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Lea St Mary's Catholic Primary School
Our Lady and St Edward's Catholic Primary School
Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Primary School
Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School
SS Mary and Michael Catholic Primary School
St Anthony's Catholic Primary School
St Augustine's Catholic Primary School
St Bernadette's Catholic Primary School
St Bernard's Catholic Primary School
St Clare's Catholic Primary School
St Francis' Catholic Primary School
St Gregory's Catholic Primary School
St Ignatius' Catholic Primary School
St John Vianney's Catholic Primary School
St John's Catholic Primary School
St Kentigern's Catholic Primary School
St Maria Goretti Catholic Primary School
St Mary and St Andrew's Catholic Primary School
St Teresa's Catholic Primary School
The Willows Catholic Primary School
The Cathedral Catholic Primary School
St Joseph's Catholic Primary School

All Hallows Catholic High School
Cardinal Allen Catholic High School
Christ The King Catholic High School
Our Lady's Catholic College
Our Lady's Catholic High School
St Bede's Roman Catholic High School, Blackburn
St Mary's Catholic Academy
Leyland St Mary's RC High School
St Augustine's Catholic High School
Corpus Christi Catholic High School
St Cecilia's Catholic High School
Mount Carmel Catholic High School
St Bede's Catholic High School, Lytham
Holy Cross Catholic High School

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