Train to Teach with Us

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

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,  Kennet School, Thatcham, RG19 4LL and Park House School, Newbury RG14 6NQ and Primary Schools within our partnership. The Downs School is the lead school; it has been judged outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. Primary  school partners come from a wide variety of schools across West Berkshire.  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 specialist leaders of education, from each of the schools involved in our partnership, or by Oxford Brookes University.

  • I have really enjoyed getting in front of a class and teaching them. I’ve really appreciated being able to go at my pace and start taking more responsibility quickly with classes.

  • Trainee (2018/2019)

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.