Train to Teach with Us

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

Applications for all our programmes starting in September 2018 are available on UCAS from Thursday 26th October 2017. Search for us using the search tool on UCAS or  contact us for further information.

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.

  • …constantly given tips and advice on how to improve, which I was given time to implement.

  • 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.

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.

The following video provides further information on becoming a teacher through the School Direct route.

Congratulations to some of our students from 2017!