Chimney House Alliance School Direct

School Direct with the Chimney House Alliance

Holmes Chapel Comprehensive School is the lead school on behalf of the Chimney House Teaching School Alliance which is a well-established National Teaching School, one of the first in the country, and has a national reputation for highly successful collaborative working in the fields of CPD and ITT.

Teaching schools are outstanding schools with a strong track record of supporting other schools. Teaching schools are part of the government’s drive to give schools more freedom and to take increasing responsibility for managing the schools system. As well as offering training and support for their alliance themselves, teaching schools will identify and co-ordinate expertise from their alliance, using the best leaders and teachers to focus on what is known as the big 6:

  • Initial Teacher Training (ITT)
  • CPD (Continuous Professional Development)
  • School to School Support
  • Succession Planning
  • Research and Development
  • SLEs (Specialist Leaders of Education)


Karen Fuller
Tel: 01477 689500
Fax: 01477 534489

CHA 2014-15 Cohort

SD14 Knutsford School Direct Teacher Training



Driving the future of learning with our new approach to teacher training


Edge Hill University and Knutsford Multi-Academy trust have developed an innovative school-led teacher training programme that has been designed and developed in partnership with experts from the University and the Academy. The programme has a strong focus on ensuring that participants develop their knowledge, skills and professional attributes to become outstanding and inspirational teachers in their own subject.

Their Our partnership with schools across the North West offers the flexibility to train in schools in a number of locations. Bursaries of up to £20,000 are available dependent on subject area and degree classification.

This is a year long programme that leads to the qualification of PGCE and QTS and up to 120 credits towards a Masters qualification.

Training places are available in the following subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Business Studies
  • Computer Science
  • Design and Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages
  • Music
  • Psychology
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Religious Studies
  • Sport
  • Religious Education

Jo Pepper
Head of Programme
Knutsford Multi-Academy Trust

Collaboration with former Chief Examiner Will Rigby.

We proudly announce our most recent collaboration with Mr William Rigby! We will be offering motivational & inspirational sessions with Will very shortly.

Will Rigby: Secondary Mathematics advisor to LA’s and government, AQA Maths Advocate, member of the DfE Core Maths Support Programme and highly experienced Mathematics teacher. Former Chief Examiner, Senior Examiner and Ofqual subject expert.

Session Benefits:

  • Gain first hand guidance and advice from a top senior examiner, unpicking and addressing students’ common errors.
  • Keep students engaged and motivated; take away the most crucial strategies to reach a higher grade.
  • Develop examination technique, understanding and confidence.
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions directly to a Senior Examiner.

We will be providing much more information soon. Watch this space!

Just Keep Swimming

In the Movie, Finding Nemo, through rough waters, sharks, jellyfish, and unknown territory, Nemo is finally reunited with his father, but it was because of consistent perseverance. One line from the movie that is a great reminder of this type of perseverance is when Dory says to Marlin (the dad), “Do you know whatcha gotta do, when life gets you down? Just keep swimming, just keep swimming.” And even though these words come from a little fish, these words are a great reminder of what we should do once we are faced with similar situations, whether you find yourself behind in your school work, struggling with your studies, needing a boost to do better at school or do well in an exam (perhaps an entrance exam or a particular subject at GCSE or A-level) or when you feel as if you just can’t grasp certain aspects of a subject. These words are words that symbolize what it means to truly persevere so wherever your circumstance may find you, “just keep swimming, just keep swimming”!