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Train to Teach 

*Join us for a free Train To Teach Information Morning on Thursday 31 January 2019 from 10am.  Meet representatives and current trainees from our Primary and Secondary programmes.  Book your free place here*

School Direct

Primary and Primary Early Years

Subjects offered at Secondary in Partnership with University of WorcesterBiology, Chemistry, ComputingPhysics, Business Studies, Economics, English, Geography, History, Mathematics and Modern Languages.

Subjects offered at Secondary in partnership with Haybridge SCITTArt and Design, Design & Technology, Music, Computing

What do applicants need?

An Honours degree or higher from a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent qualification, in a related subject area. Applicants with a 3rd class degree will be considered on an individual basis.  Applicants with a degree not related to their preferred subject area will be considered on an individual basis.

 “It is my belief that every child deserves the very best when it comes to education and we make it our purpose to provide just that to all the young people who enter our school. We endeavour to provide the best possible teaching and curriculum; we want you to make progress and achieve the very best you can; but most of all we want you to be happy and enjoy your time with us.”

 Chris Smith, Head Teacher

The South Bromsgrove Teaching School Alliance provides a high quality, school based learning opportunity in partnership with The University of Worcester and Haybridge SCITT.  We enjoy a strong partnership with the University, which has a longstanding reputation for excellence in Initial Teacher Training.

South Bromsgrove is the lead school within the alliance and the professional studies element of the course will be coordinated here. ‘South’ is an outstanding school where students enjoy learning in a way which stimulates their imagination and creativity. It maintains high standards of achievement, offers a broad and relevant curriculum, and places great emphasis on high quality learning experiences in lessons.

Secondary teacher training placements are provided at South Bromsgrove High; Trinity High School, Redditch (named as the most improved school in the country in 2012); and/or Bromsgrove School (one of Britain’s finest independent schools). Our highly successful primary programme is coordinate by St John’s CofE Middle School (judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2012) and placements are provided in a range of excellent local First, Middle and Primary Schools.

All schools in the alliance are highly committed to the training of teachers in a school based environment with access to high quality support from outstanding Higher Education Institutions. South Bromsgrove has experienced subject and professional mentors who are involved in the planning and development of the School Direct courses.

Professional Studies

The professional studies element of the course will be coordinated by South Bromsgrove High School on a particular day each week. The unique aspect of this programme is that the delivery will be shared across schools in a wider alliance, who have specific areas of expertise. This will also allow insight into First, Middle, High and Special Schools. Much of the Professional Studies element will involve linking theory to classroom practice. 


Each Trainee will be assigned a Professional and Subject Mentor who will be experienced in mentoring, coaching and giving feedback. There will be a high entitlement of lesson observations by mentors and other colleagues and the opportunity to observe outstanding practitioners. You will meet with your mentor regularly, to review and set targets related to the teacher standards. 

Specialist Leaders in Education

There will also be opportunities to have personalised support from Specialist Leaders in Education and access high quality training programmes linked to subject specialisms and teaching and learning innovations. 

When will you start?

You will be in school from the start of the year and will gain access to all the training and extra-curricular opportunities available in this vibrant alliance. 


This School Direct route allows you to achieve QTS and a PGCE qualification as well as credits towards Masters Accreditation. There will be opportunities to complete the Masters following your training year.

Generous bursaries are available for some shortage subjects. Visit for further details.

If you want to discuss training to teach either on the School Direct or PGCE route, contact Andrea Taylor who will be happy to talk through your options.