Welcome to School Direct 2014-15

St Mary’s College is the lead school in a School Direct partnership with Leeds Trinity University, Archbishop Sentamu Academy and several Catholic primary schools in Hull and the East Riding. We are pleased to announce that we are building on the success of our previous years’ experience with School Direct to offer more primary and secondary training places for 2014-15. Our School Direct Primary and Secondary programmes are 100% school-based and lead to the award of PGCE at Masters Level (Level 7) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).

In 2012-13 all seven of our School Direct trainees successfully completed the course and have now gained their first teaching position in schools, three of them at St Mary’s College. Hannah Roberts [School Direct English 2012-13] is pictured here at her PGCE graduation with the Chancellor of Leeds Trinity University, the BBC sports presenter and journalist, Gabby Logan. Hannah is now an NQT in the English department at St Mary’s College. You can read about her experiences during her training year and comments from other previous School Direct trainees below.

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What training places are available?

We have ten primary training places available for the 5-11 age range.

We also have secondary training places available in the following subjects: Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design Technology, Drama, English, Modern Languages, Geography, History, Mathematics, Music, Physics, Physical Education and Religious Education.

Bursaries of up to £20,000 are available from the Department of Education (DfE) to support trainees in certain subject areas. The bursary information for 2014-15 is due to be published by the DfE in October.

St Mary’s College can also offer salaried secondary training places for exceptional candidates in Mathematics or Physics who are changing career after three years (or longer) in work.

About our Primary programme

Our School Direct PGCE Primary courses lead to QTS for the 5-11 age range. Delivered in conjunction with Leeds Trinity University and the Catholic family of Primary schools in Hull and the East Riding, these professionally-oriented programmes will enable you to engage with a wide range of educational issues. Our School Direct Primary PGCE is designed to develop teaching and learning through immersive school-based experience and reflective practice.

For more information about our primary programmes please click here

About our Secondary programme

Our secondary School Direct programme:

  • Leads to PGCE at Masters Level (Level 7, PGCert) with QTS, accredited by Leeds Trinity, a well-respected HEI provider of Initial Teacher Training
  • Runs for the full academic year (September 2014 – July 2015) so that you feel like a true member of the school staff and students treat you as such.
  • Offers a main school placement (33 weeks) and a six week second placement at St Mary’s College and Archbishop Sentamu Academy.
  • Guarantees you will train in high-achieving and successful schools (Ofsted rates St Mary’s College as outstanding and Archbishop Sentamu to be good with outstanding features). You will benefit from working alongside excellent classroom teachers, curriculum and pastoral leaders.
  • Provides a supportive and caring environment in which to train. Both St Mary’s College and Archbishop Sentamu have a strong Christian ethos that permeates all we do. Whilst we welcome applications from people with any faith background (or none), you will notice that the atmosphere of tolerance, respect, forgiveness and reconciliation in our schools provides both staff and students with the ideal conditions for personal, academic and professional development.
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  • Provides you with specialist mentor support, a comprehensive professional development programme, subject knowledge enhancement, and a university-led professional studies course.
  • Arranges structured visits to a Primary school, Special School and Free School as part of your programme to enable you to gain further experience of the education sector.
  • Provides you with TEEP training as part of your course. TEEP (Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme) is a specialist 3 day teacher training package that has gained recognition nationally for helping teachers deliver good and outstanding lessons. For more information, www.teep.org.uk
  • Access to excellent facilities – Archbishop Sentamu Academy and St Mary’s College have both benefitted from multi-million pound investment thanks to the Building Schools for the Future programme. Sentamu moved into its state-of-the-art new building in September 2011 and building work at St Mary’s College is due to be completed very shortly.
  • Access to university resources, support and guidance. Although the only requirements to visit Leeds Trinity University campus are on registration day and for the graduation ceremony at the end of the programme, you will have access to high quality academic, pastoral, financial and careers advice from Leeds Trinity whenever required. Leeds Trinity will also provide you with remote access to its extensive library of over 400,000 electronic books and 25,000 electronic journals. Most importantly, Leeds Trinity will provide an experienced ITT lecturer (and ex-headteacher) to act as Link Tutor for this programme. She will visit your school each week to lead your professional studies and support your training.

About St Mary’s College

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St Mary’s College was judged an Outstanding School by Ofsted in 2010 and tops local league tables for exam results. The college has a well developed Initial Teacher Training programme run by highly experienced classroom teachers and subject leaders. You will receive high quality training, mentoring and coaching and be well supported throughout your training year and in return we are looking for outstanding trainees with enthusiasm and a real desire to teach and excel in their subject area. We are shortly due to move into our amazing new facilities (see picture).

We hold monthly Open Days (see below for dates) when potential ITT applicants are welcome to spend a day visiting the school. For more information on these, and to reserve a place, please contact our main school reception (Tel. 01482 851136).

For more information, please visit: www.stmaryscollegehull.co.uk

About Archbishop Sentamu Academy

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Archbishop Sentamu Academy is an 11-18 institution, sponsored by the Diocese of York. We are grounded in Christian values, but are open to children of all faiths or none. We do not select on any grounds, and are proud of our inclusive, caring and high-achieving ethos. OfSTED judged us to be "Good with Outstanding Features" in May 2011, and we were judged "Outstanding" in our Statutory Inspection of Anglican Schools at the same time.

We have enjoyed five successive years of continuous improvement. In spite of serving one of the poorest wards in the country - just under 50% of our students are on the FSM register - our students achieved 65% 5+A* to C including English and Maths this year, with 99% achieving 8 good grades at GCSE or equivalents. This success is down to students' increasing levels of hard work, and incredible levels of skill and commitment from our teachers and support staff.

Three years ago we launched our sixth form, which now has around 100 students in total. Over the next couple of years, this will grow to 200, at which point we will reach our maximum of 1550 students.

Archbishop Sentamu has an excellent track record in training teachers, and many of our current staff were either PGCE, GTP or Teach First students with us. We are very committed to supporting trainees, which we do through our "Leading Learning Team", headed up by one of our Vice Principals. We are strategic partners of Hull's Teaching School Collaborative, and are aiming to become a Teaching School in our own right, once we are judged to be "Outstanding" by OfSTED.

We were fortunate enough to move into brand-new, state-of-the-art premises two years ago, and enjoy being in one of the best-resourced academies in the country. We enjoy opening up our facilities to pupils in our local primary schools, and work very closely with partner primary heads.

We would like to think that you will have a great experience at our academy, and look forward to welcoming you into the "Archie Family".

Andrew Chubb, Principal

For more information about Archbishop Sentamu Academy, please visit: www.sentamu.org.uk

About Leeds Trinity University

Leeds Trinity is a well-established and widely-respected institution with an excellent reputation for teacher education. Leeds Trinity staff are expert practitioners with recent experience teaching in secondary or further education. Employment rates for graduates of Leeds Trinity PGCE programmes are consistently above the national average with ex-students filling teaching posts in every corner of the UK. OFSTED rate Leeds Trinity’s partnership with schools and the overall management of the PGCE course as 'outstanding'.

For more information please visit: www.leedstrinity.ac.uk

How to apply for our School Direct places (secondary)

Applications for School Direct are made on-line via UCAS. http://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training/postgraduate-routes-teaching/training-in-schools

Successful applicants will need to hold at least a second class honours degree in a closely related subject and have GCSE C grade equivalent in English and Mathematics.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, it is recommended that you undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training

In addition, all candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses beginning after 1 July 2013 are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training.

There is also a School Direct (salaried) route which is aimed at career changers who wish to enter the teaching profession. Therefore, in addition to the requirements outlined above, applicants for our School Direct (salaried) places in Maths and Physics need to have worked for a minimum of 3 years since leaving university. This does not need to have been in an educational setting; we value entrants to the teaching profession from all walks of life.

To find out more about the government’s School Direct programme and bursary funding please refer to: http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options/schooldirect.aspx . Please read this government advice carefully since not all subjects are eligible for the same level of bursary funding and some subjects do not attract bursary funding at all.

Once we receive your application, we will write to you asking for further information and for photocopies of your academic qualifications.

Further information and Open Days

As you may be aware, the window for applications via UCAS is now open. You can access the link below:


Although the application portal will be open for a number of months, we would strongly advise to apply as soon as possible. Our first round(s) of interviews will take place in January 2014. Please be aware that you need to ensure that your referees complete their sections of the on-line UCAS application before you can submit it. If you are applying to St Mary's College School Direct Partnership then the UCAS codes for our courses are set out below:

training provider code name: A1938

training provider code: 1RU

Training programme codes are below:

Primary 29FS - course full

History 29FT - course full

Drama 29FV - course full

Physical Education 29FW - course full

D&T 29FX - course full

English 29FY - course full

Geography 29FZ - course full

Mathematics 29G2 - course full

Mathematics (salaried) 29G3 - course full

Modern Languages 29G4 - course full

Music 29G5 - course full

Religious Education 29G6 - course full

Biology 29G7 - course full

Physics 29G8 - places available

Physics (salaried) 29G9 - places available

Chemistry 29GB - course full

Computer Science 29GC - course full

Further information about all these programmes and our St Mary’s College School Direct Partnership can be found at www.schooldirecthull.co.uk and also in the entry profile information on UCAS.

Testimonials from current School Direct trainees

Karl Blaza [History School Direct 2012-13]

I was first attracted to the School Direct by the combination of work-based training and the PGCE course. It was important to me to work in one school full-time from the start of term so the pupils would see me as being another member of staff rather than a ‘trainee’ or ‘visitor.’ There are obvious benefits of this in the classroom, as you have the respect of pupils and can build up a positive relationship with your classes from day one. However, the PGCE aspect of the course has also proven immensely useful giving me a theoretical background to teaching which I can then begin to apply in the classroom.

St Mary’s College is a fantastic place to train. I always feel that the teachers have time for me to discuss and share ideas and just offer general guidance. I have had the benefit of a very experienced mentor who has offered me guidance at every step. On the School Direct route you feel like a member of a team, not an outsider. For example, already this year I have had the opportunity to go on school trips, attend social events and play football with other staff.

Working full time in a school you really notice yourself improving each week, and this is largely down to the excellent training you receive from the first day. The school also puts on weekly Professional Development sessions to continue to improve your skills as a teacher. Everything about the programme is designed to make you the best teacher you can be.

To someone considering applying for School Direct, I would definitely say to go for it. You will need to be prepared to put in hard work and long hours, which is a shock at first. However, when you teach a lesson and see the pupils working hard and enjoying themselves it is worth the effort!

Amy Willoughby [P.E. School Direct 2012-13]

The School Direct Teacher Training route at St Mary’s College from the very start of the school year has provided quality hands-on teaching experience in an outstanding school. I came onto the School Direct programme from a sports coaching background so I had very little knowledge of school procedures, policies or the day-to-day running of a school. The training I have received so far on this programme has been outstanding. My subject mentor has been very supportive and I have been given the opportunity to attend other external courses to enhance my subject knowledge. The support from our link tutor, Liz McGuire, from Leeds Trinity has been exceptional along with the resources and other support services that the university offers.

I am teaching a good range of classes ranging across Key Stages, and both practical and theory lessons (GCSE & BTEC). If someone was interested in applying for the School Direct Programme next year I would definitely stress they do. The course is a fantastic opportunity to experience and learn from outstanding teaching. You must be organised and prepared, and the training is intense but definitely worth it.

Hannah Roberts [English, School Direct 2012-13]

Joining the School Direct programme has been the best thing I have ever done – despite it being the hardest I’ve ever worked. Being able to train full time in a school has been absolutely fundamental to my understanding of what it really means to be a teacher. I finally feel like I have a job which is going to make a difference, some way, somehow. The course definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, but the rewards make it so gratifying when you look over what you have achieved. The support from Leeds Trinity has been excellent, you always know someone is going to be there supporting you; and I feel incredibly lucky to have been accepted onto the course here at St Mary’s College where both the kids and the staff make you feel right at home from day one. You never worry about going into someone’s office to ask a question (and there are plenty of those!) and you’re always given advice and suggestions that will help your work and development.

Harriet Jordan [P.E. School Direct 2012-13]

The benefits of the School Direct route include real school experience, high quality training, a second school placement (organised to suit your needs as a trainee), forming a rapport with the pupils due to working full time in school, providing consistency for you as a trainee, assignments based around teaching and your development and working as part of a team or department. The environment here is friendly, vibrant, fast-paced and comfortable.

Professional development sessions are run every Wednesday to aid professional studies and the support provided here is enormous. The support from Leeds Trinity has also been excellent with the university Link Tutor coming to us every Thursday. So far, I feel I have progressed very well and can only put this down to the support and training St. Mary’s have offered. At the start of the programme I never thought I would be delivering lessons to a good standard, yet here I am 9 weeks down the line teaching lessons in what I thought were my weakest subject areas.

My advice for someone considering embarking on the School Direct training programme would be to grasp it with both hands. I can completely empathise with those that may be feeling unsure or worried. However, I am confident that this programme will only strengthen their desire to teach. I feel very privileged to be here.