Train to Teach with Us

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

Recruitment for our programmes starting in September 2019 is now closed. We will be open for recruitment for courses starting in September 2020 in October 2019.  

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

The training is organised jointly by The Downs School, Compton, RG20 6AD; St Bartholomew’s School, Newbury, RG14 6JP and Kennet School, Thatcham, RG19 4LL. The Downs School is the lead school; it has been judged outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. Primary Schools in our partnership include Beedon CE Primary School and Compton CE Primary School. 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 specialist leaders of education, from each of the three main schools, or by Oxford Brookes University.

  • The mentoring I have received has been excellent and the support of staff more broadly in both departments I have experienced has been generous and encouraging.

  • Trainee

Assessments are undertaken at three points within the training year by an external assessor.

Successful completion of the training year with The Downland Alliance leads to the award of QTS with PGCE.

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 full information on the routes into teaching, click here. Contact us for more information on tuition fees and financial support which might be available.