School Direct

School Direct – Teacher Training

Why train with us:

As an alliance of schools, located within the London Borough of Hillingdon and Diocese of Westminster, we are working with St Mary’s University College and have a wealth of experience and expertise; which will enable trainees to experience high quality teacher training within our schools.

We are high achieving schools which have been judged as ‘Good’ and ‘Outstanding’ by OfSTED.  We encourage our pupils to be thoughtful both in their approach to others and their studies, and apply these principles to all adults working within our schools, always striving to further improve our practice as educators, successfully implementing  new initiatives and sharing  good practice with others.

St Mary’s University College is our accredited provider, situated in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham in South West London. Founded in 1850, it is generally acknowledged to be the oldest Catholic College in the UK.

In 2000, St Mary’s celebrated 150 years in Education. With just under 4,000 students studying a wide range of subjects including sports, theatre directing and theology, initial teacher training accounts for a third of  the student  population. A growing number of qualified teachers undertake Masters programmes as part of their continuing professional development. In 2011, St Mary’s was deemed to be ‘outstanding’ by OfSTED during inspection.

Course tutors at St Mary’s are all skilful teachers themselves, with many years of experience in schools and higher education. Schools in the Alliance have established excellent relationships with St Mary’s, having worked in partnership for many years.

About the training programme:

We offer School Direct Primary Training recruiting trainees to a Post Graduate Certificate in Education with 60 credits towards a Masters and Qualified Teacher Status – PGCE with M and QTS.

This route is non – salaried, bursaries are available to help pay tuition fees, the amount payable is depending on degree classification; 1st £9000, 2:1 £4000 further information:

Tuition fees for 2015/16 will be £9000 payable by bursary or student loan

Trainee’s will complete all Higher and Masters level modules at St Mary’s University College and complete school experience Teaching Blocks in the Alliance schools, one at your host school the other at a different school.  There are 2 teaching blocks each lasting approximately  8 weeks where trainee’s receive teacher training in Key Stage 1 and 2. A further 2 enhancement blocks each lasting 2 weeks will reflect the trainees personal choices to support Masters module and own interests, these can be taken at other schools within the alliance to further develop experiences and ensure diversity.

Towards the end of the course there will be opportunities for further training at St Marys University College for students to complete the Catholic Certificate in Religious Studies – CCRS. This course is essential for future career development as school leaders in Catholic schools.

About the training provider:

St Swithun Wells’ Catholic Primary School is the lead school for allocating School Direct placements , located in South Ruislip in the London Borough of Hillingdon. A one form entry school which has been judged as ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted (Jan 13) Further information please visit our website:

Our Alliance Schools are:

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School (also designated as a National Teaching School), is located in Uxbridge close to the vibrant town centre and underground network into London. It is a one form entry school which has been judged as outstanding by Ofsted (May 12) For further information about the school please visit:

St Catherine Catholic Primary School is located in West Drayton to the South of Uxbridge. It is a one form entry school with a diverse ethnic mix of pupils and keen to encourage applicants with an interest in sport. It was judged as good by Ofsted (Oct 14). For further information about the school please visit:

St Bernadette Catholic Primary is a 2 form entry school in Hillingdon which was judged as good in the last Ofsted inspection (Jan 14). For further information about the school please visit:

Sacred Heart Catholic Primary School is located in Ruislip close to rail links to London. It is a 3 form entry school which has been judged as outstanding by Ofsted (Feb 13).For further information about the school please visit:

Botwell House Catholic Primary is located in Hayes own centre close rail links to London. A large 3 form entry school with a diverse ethnic mix of pupils, judged as good by Ofsted (Sept 14) Further information about the school please visit:

All the Alliance schools belong to the Hillingdon Catholic Schools Forum working closely to provide excellent education to the pupils we serve. Members of staff have opportunities for excellent Continued Professional Development throughout their career within their schools and through working in numerous clusters within Hillingdon Local Authority.

Trainees will be supported by fully trained class teacher mentors and link tutors throughout their training.

Entry Requirements:

  • 5 GCSEs at Level C or above including maths, English and Science
  • Degree classification of 2:2 or above
  • At least two weeks experience in KS1 or KS2 classroom environment
  • Evidence at application of the ability to demonstrate a high standard of written standard English
  • Successful completion of skills test in maths and English

What we are looking for:

We are recruiting enthusiastic applicants who will bring a positive and hardworking attitude to our schools.

A commitment to and support the Catholic ethos of our schools.

Applicants who have a willingness to learn and be lifelong learners fully embracing educational priorities and policies throughout their career.

Applicants who are flexible and can adapt to the needs of pupils and enjoy working collaboratively with colleagues.

How we select our trainees:

The alliance has an allocation of 5 students between the six schools.

Applicants apply via UCAS and applications will be forwarded to St Swithun Wells to be shortlisted for interview by the Alliance headteachers.

The shortlisted applicants will be invited to St Marys University College for interview. The interview process will consist of a presentation, written exercise and individual interview.

Candidates that have passed the interview will be invited to a second interview at St Swithun Wells Catholic Primary School, South Ruislip. The alliance headteachers will interview each candidate and assess through tasks in order to examine the candidates’ readiness for teaching.

Following each process the candidates will be informed of the outcomes and successful applicants offered a place within 40 days from the initial application to UCAS.