Recruitment for our programmes starting in September 2022 will open at 9am on 12th October 2021.

School Direct ITT (Initial Teacher Training) in West Berkshire with the Downland Alliance

The training is organised jointly by The Downs School, Compton, RG20 6AD; St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury, RG14 6JP,  Kennet School, Thatcham, RG19 4LL and Park House School, Newbury RG14 6NQ and Primary Schools within our partnership and from across West Berkshire. The Downs School is the school direct lead school; it has been judged outstanding in all areas by Ofsted.  All our programmes are accredited by Oxford Brookes University.

Our trainees are placed within one main host school for the majority of their training. There is a mandatory requirement for a second placement to be spent within a contrasting environment, and there are also opportunities for elective weeks to be spent within other educational settings of a trainee’s choice.

As one of our trainees, you are supported by a dedicated mentor throughout your host school and second placements and are released regularly for specific, designated training days run, either by members of the senior leadership teams, or other teaching and learning coaches, from each of the schools involved in our partnership, or by Oxford Brookes University.

  • Not only will the School Direct teach you more about yourself than anything else you’ve ever done, but it will help you learn how to teach – and how to teach well.
  • Trainee

Formal assessments are undertaken at specified points during the training year. 

Successful completion of the training year with The Downland Alliance leads to the award of QTS with PGCE. The option is available for QTS only programmes as well. 

The Downland Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Successful applicants to our training programme will be subject to an Enhanced Disclosure Check through the DBS and provide evidence that they have a right to work in the UK.

For more information about School Direct training placements contact the School Direct Manager, Mandy Alexander using the form below.

So why not Inspire the next generation? Get into teaching with us!

Further Information

You should apply for a school experience place at St Bartholomew’s School or The Downs School through the DFE school experience portal.

Some of our partner schools don’t run school experience days – you should contact them directly to see if they can accommodate a visit or contact us using the form below and we will pass on your query.

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