School profile

Prestolee Primary School

Prestolee Trust builds upon the ideas of our most famous leader, Teddy O’Neil. Teddy was the first head in the country to develop a true community school. Indeed it can be argued that Prestolee, under Teddy O’Neill, was the first community school in England.

It is that notion of community which is the central driver to our philosophy and our work. We are a community of schools and organisations. We work together as a group to improve the lives and opportunities of the children in our care. Through improving the aspiration, the education and the development of the children in our school we are working to improve all our communities. We work with parents, community groups, key local stakeholders and the schools to provide as wide a range of opportunities and improvements for all of the children in our care.

We are very clear we are not ‘cookie cutter’ schools. All of our schools run as independent organisations under the umbrella of Prestolee Multi Academy Trust. We invest in our leaders, our staff and our communities because this we feel is the only way to get strong, secure and stable improvements to our schools. Each school serves a unique community and it is our job to add value to what that school does and not to dictate each individual aspect of the schools work.

Through our School Centred Initial Teacher training programme we produce some of the finest new teachers in the profession. Through our teaching school we support a range of schools across Greater Manchester and across the country. Through our well established network and links we support school improvement in all schools across Greater Manchester and look to influence and shape policy. We are committed to bringing the school system together through mutual support and engagement, be it through our School Led Conferences or through organisations such as Family of Schools or through the Greater Manchester Learning Partnership. This is because we feel all the answers to the challenges we face are in the system somewhere – it is just a case of connecting and learning.

Prestolee is a Trust with community at its heart – because only schools as communities will succeed.

About our school experience


In the first instance, we offer candidates the opportunity to attend one of our school experience taster days which we run throughout the year.

The day consists of observing good teaching practice during normal lessons and the opportunity to interact with pupils. We will accommodate requests of experience in specific year groups wherever possible. During your visit, you will receive a guided tour of the school and attend a short presentation where you will be able to ask any questions you have about teaching and our teacher training courses.

Start and finish times
8.30am to 2.30pm
Dress code

Smart casual

Teacher training

Our organisation includes Prestolee School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). An Ofsted outstanding provider with 3 different training hubs in Bolton, Merseyside and Oldham/Yorkshire with placement schools available across the North West.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must have a degree
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

We offer school experience taster days throughout the year.

School experience type
Both Virtual and In school


Church Road, Stoneclough, Manchester, M26 1HJ
Map showing Prestolee Primary School

Not available on site

There is plenty of parking available on nearby streets.

Disability and access details

We offer facilities and provide an inclusive environment for students, staff and school experience candidates with disability and access needs. We're happy to discuss your disability or access needs before or as part of your school experience request.

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Church Road, Stoneclough, Manchester, M26 1HJ
School phases
Early years, Primary (4 to 11)
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.