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Teacher training at Culcheth Campus
Teacher training at Culcheth Campus


Culcheth High School is an innovative and forward-thinking school that puts professional development at the heart of everything that we do in our school community.

We believe that investing in our staff directly benefits each and every one of our students. We also believe that investing in the next generation of teachers is crucial to our success and is key to serving our local community. We are incredibly excited to be taking on the challenge of being a Lead School for Schools Direct which will provide us with the opportunity to create a unique evidence-based approach to teacher training. Working in partnership with the Alliance for Learning and the prestigious University of Manchester means that you will receive a broad and balanced training experience, collaborating with a team of highly experienced, passionate and dedicated teachers and leaders who will guide and support you through the most exciting, challenging and inspiring teacher training experience.

Training with us means that you will be immersed in a culture of high quality, evidence-informed teaching practice, providing you with the opportunity to make informed choices about your own teaching practices, enabling you to grow and develop as an outstanding teacher. Furthermore, you will receive an extensive, programme of professional development that will seamlessly connect theory and practice, underpinned by a secure knowledge of what makes effective teaching. You will explore in depth the principles of cognitive science and psychology so that you can understand how students learn and consider how this translates into classroom pedagogy. Alongside this, you will receive a well-thought-out programme of SEND, wellbeing, mental health and safeguarding training, delivered by expert practitioners, providing you with a holistic approach to life as a teacher.

Training to teach with Culcheth High School offers you a unique and exciting opportunity to be awarded with a Level 7 PGCE from the University of Manchester, part of the prestigious Russel Group Universities that will fully prepare you for Master’s level study if you wish to carry your level 7 credits forward. All of our partner schools have extensive teacher training experience with an excellent track record for recruitment and retention. You will be guided through a personalied mentoring and coaching programme that is built around your individual experiences and needs so that you feel prepared and excited to take on your new role as an NQT.

Please email to find out more about our exciting teacher training programme.

“I can honestly say if I hadn’t come to Culcheth High School on placement 2 I don’t think I would be in teaching today. I got to see exactly how teaching should be done and learn from teachers who have mastered their profession. I learnt so much in such a short space of time due to the support and guidance of my mentor, head of humanities and the wider school. I have been given opportunities at this school that I can’t imagine I would have been given anywhere else. Culcheth is a school with a high level of professional trust and a nurturing culture that allows new teachers to thrive. I am very grateful to Culcheth High School and so relieved that my second placement school pulled out last minute!” Olivia Tyers, Head of Geography, ex-trainee at CHS

“PGCE training at Culcheth High School was outstanding, the support I received from my Mentor as well as the humanities department was inclusive and positive. I was taught to pay attention to detail especially during marking, giving detailed feedback to help students progress. I was invited on trips to places of worship which enriched my training and understanding of safety when out of school with students. I learnt to have and expect high standards from myself as well as my students, this helped with managing behaviour and keeping student morale high in the lesson. Overall my experience at Culcheth High School was memorable and set me up for my first job as an NQT.” Rizwana Saleem, ex-trainee at CHS.

 Staff and Team

Sarah O'Toole - School Direct Lead


As a Head of Faculty and a Lead Practitioner in Teaching and Learning Sarah is an experienced member of staff committed to the support and development of staff at all stages of their careers. Within her roles at Culcheth High School, Sarah has been integral in the coaching and mentoring of colleagues from across the curriculum. Leading Academic Reviews, supporting new Heads of Department and implementing the Early Careers Framework with Teaching and Learning at the heart of each initiative. Sarah is passionate about providing teacher training that, through our forward thinking approach to all professional development, will prepare our trainees and set them on their path to have a highly successful and lifelong teaching career.

Catrin Parkinson - Research Lead

BSc (Hons), QTS, PGCE

As the research lead at Culcheth High School, Catrin is responsible for putting evidence-informed practice at the heart of teaching and learning. Catrin is incredibly passionate about teacher training and believes that their innovative, forward thinking approach to professional development will push trainee teachers beyond the teachers standards and enable them to think explicitly and reflectively about the most effective teaching practices, underpinned by an evidence-informed approach to teaching and learning. Catrin is committed to ensuring that our training teachers are exposed to the evidence that supports effective teaching, so that they are suitably prepared for a highly-successful and lifelong teaching career.

Adam Brown - Professional Mentor and Assistant Headteacher

Adam is a highly experienced Assistant Head Teacher and Professional mentor. During his time at Culcheth High School, he has transformed the schools approach to professional development and teacher training. Adam is committed to supporting training teachers to develop their knowledge and understanding of their role as a teacher and provides our trainee teachers with an innovative programme of professional development. Adam works closely with subject mentors to ensure that each and every trainee teacher is suitably supported to develop their skills and competencies in teaching and learning.



Schools Direct, secondary:

Design & Technology
Religious Education


Warrington Road

Sarah O'Toole
01925 767587

Catrin Parkinson

Adam Brown
01925 767587

Main email:


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