Why train with us?

We aim to provide a programme which has at its heart 3 main objectives. It is a programme which is:

  • Highly professional

Every part of the programme is aimed at preparing you to be the best teacher possible. Immersion into the life of the teacher and daily exposure to outstanding practice and teachers ensures you have the best possible opportunity. We are looking for trainees who display the potential to become outstanding teachers of the future.

  • Of consistent high quality

Central leadership of the programme, efficient communication between our members and guaranteed placements within our alliance schools ensure a high degree of consistency of provision through quality mentoring, and coaching and professional development.

  • Personal to you

Accurate assessments allow us to provide a differentiated training programme that not only builds on your previous experiences but also supports your specific needs and areas of development. Thoughtful and professional support and training ensure you receive relevant and timely professional development and classroom strategies. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until you are ready

  • 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 (2016 / 2017)

What makes us different?

  • This is a unique opportunity to train to teach with a highly successful group of schools that make up our partnership, located in the beautiful county of West Berkshire but close to Oxford, Reading, Winchester and London.
  • A wide spectrum of high achieving schools ensure a good range of opportunities including a primary placement and 6th form experience for all trainees.
  • The in-school 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 course leads to QTS and PGCE – both professional qualifications are awarded by Oxford Brookes University so you get the best of both worlds – high quality school led training linked to a renowned higher education institution.
  • Our training programme is just the first step on your teaching career. There is a complete programme of training offered in West Berkshire from NQT to becoming a member of a Senior Leadership team, if you have the right skills.
  • School-led courses have very high rates of employment and, above all, of trainee satisfaction.