All applications for our teacher training programmes need to be made through the DFE Apply service.

You can search for our information on our vacancies here searching with the postcode RG20 6AD. 

Typically our trainees have a degree in a relevant subject, possibly have work experience (not necessarily linked to teaching or education), are motivated to teach and are truly enthusiastic about their future working within schools. We are looking for trainees who have what it takes to become the outstanding teachers of the future.

You must hold a UK Degree (or equivalent with UK ENIC paperwork to support).

  • The majority of trainers are senior leaders with the three schools, so their expertise is up-to-date and the focus on the Schools Direct model makes perfect sense to me.
  • Trainee

We will consider an application from you if you are in the last year of your studies; any offers made will be conditional based upon your obtaining predicted degree classification.

We expect you to understand a little about how young people learn and know something about the skills teachers need to be successful

You will be observed working with young people as part of the process if you are successful following an online interview.



We start offering places from October – so some of the more popular programmes with limited spaces can become full.

Make sure you check whether there are any vacancies with us for the programme you wish to choose.

You can search for our information on our vacancies here searching with the postcode RG20 6AD.  Or contact us through our website. 

Other things to consider

DBS Checks

The Downland Alliance is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. On acceptance to the programme, all trainees must undertake an enhanced check from the Disclosure and Barring Service regarding suitability to work with young people and a fitness to teach before commencing training.


We need to ensure that our trainees have the health and physical capacity to teach and will not put children and young people at risk of harm so you will need to complete a “Fit to Teach” health declaration as part of your conditional offer. 

Interested in more information about how to apply form the DFE Get into Teaching team?

Click on this link.

Further Information

You should apply for a school experience place at Kennet School, 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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