Teacher Training

We are very proud to have been a lead school for School Direct Initial Teacher Training since 2012. Before this, we were also part of the Graduate Teacher Programme.

We have an excellent track record of training outstanding teachers who are successful in gaining employment. We have an excellent long-standing partnership with the University of Gloucester, who provide a bespoke model of training to our students. Our programme is heavily focussed on gaining practical hands-on experience in the classroom, working alongside our exceptional teachers.

Unlike a traditional PGCE, where you will study at University in blocks of time, and then spend 10 weeks on placement in a school, our trainees (known as Graduate Teachers) work in school from Day One. This is supplemented by study days, which are led by experienced lecturers from the University of Gloucestershire and experts from our Trust.

Our purpose is to provide extremely high-quality teacher training within a community of schools that are committed to coaching the outstanding teachers of the future.  

At the end of your year of training, you will have gained a PGCE, and Qualified Teacher Status, enabling you to teach in the UK. We offer both a General Primary route (qualifying you to teach ages 5-11) and an Early Years Specialist route (qualifying you to teach ages 4-7).

If you’d like to find out more about our programme, we recommend joining one of our Teacher Training Open Days. They are all run remotely via Zoom, and are completely free to attend. All you need to do is book a place in advance, so we know you’re coming. You can do that here

If you can’t make it to an open day, but would still like to talk to us about our programme, get in touch via email

The team are just fantastic, they welcomed me instantly and made it such a lovely environment for me to train in.

My mentor has made such a difference to my confidence as a teacher. I feel really lucky to have been guided by such a brilliant teacher and I will take all of his advice and guidance with me into the future and in my own practice.

The school has an amazing team and I’m very grateful for the time I spent with them all.

Katy Johnson

Early Years Specialist Graduate Teacher, 2021-22

I was nervous when I signed up for the programme – changing careers at 35 was a big decision and not one I took likely.  Thankfully, those nerves were completely unnecessary – at every stage I have felt supported by the team.  It has not only equipped me with the skills to land my dream job, but it has also given me support, laughs, and new friends.  It has challenged me mentally, while giving me time to reflect, to practise, and to grow.

I can’t recommend the programme highly enough.  A year on, and I feel like a confident and competent teacher – what more could I ask for?

Tyler McGee

Graduate Teacher, 2021-22