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Over 500 partner schools for you to train with

We've built effective partnerships with over 500 schools in the West Midlands region so far.

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Ofsted Outstanding

"Trainees receive high-quality training ... tailored effectively to take good account of individual needs"

"The strong partnership reflects the provider’s aim of creating a fully collaborative approach between the university and schools at both operational and strategic levels.”

Read Ofsted's full review of our partnerships here

Lead Teaching Schools and Alliance Schools

You can see a map of our main School Direct partner alliances below. These are the lead teaching schools who head a network of other alliance schools in the area. If you are applying for a School Direct place, you'll be placed in either the lead teaching school or one of their alliance schools.

What is School Direct?

The Department for Education created this short video to explain the School Direct process:

Further details:

Arden Academy - Arden Alliancearden logo

UCAS Listing: Arden Alliance, Station Road, Knowle, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 0PT (2BU)

Primary (General)
Secondary - Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physics

Arden Teaching School Alliance is a made up of Primary and Secondary schools predominantly based in Solihull. We work with the University of Warwick, a highly prestigious Russell Group University, who have been graded ‘outstanding’ in all categories of their teacher training provision. What sets the Arden Alliance apart is is our commitment to rigorous and supportive training that develops you as an individual to be a well-rounded member of the teaching profession and enhances your future employability. Our delivery of subject specific pedagogy by outstanding teachers in their field is unique and research shows that this is the most effective form of professional development.

Ashlawn School - Innovation Learning and Leadership Alliance (Rugby)ashlawn logo

UCAS Listing: Innovation Learning and Leadership Alliance (Rugby), Ashlawn Road, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 5ET (1XO)

Primary (General)
Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

Ashlawn is situated two miles from Rugby town centre on the edge of open countryside. We are a bilateral school, offering places to students of all abilities. We attract students from Rugby and the surrounding area. The school currently has about 1750 students on roll, 130 teachers and an active support staff. There are 425 students in the Sixth Form following a variety of one and two year courses. In addition there is full access to the school and the curriculum for students with physical disabilities. Ashlawn is a warm, happy school. Our good facilities and resources complement a positive, purposeful atmosphere in which everyone works hard and with pride.

Bishop Challoner Catholic College – Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance (BCTSAbishop challenor)

UCAS Listing: Bishop Challoner Catholic College, Institute Road, Kings Heath, Birmingham, B14 7EG (1K2)

Primary (General)
Secondary: Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages (French, German, Spanish), Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

Bishop Challoner Teaching School Alliance (BCTSA) consists of over 60 schools, including 30 primaries, mainly located across the Birmingham area with some schools situated in the surrounding areas of Solihull, Dudley, Walsall and Worcestershire.

Being a large TSA, with a long and proven track record of training teachers, we can offer a large number of subjects and primary places all through the School Direct PGCE route. Every year we have large numbers of trainees who successfully pass the programme with Good or Outstanding grades. Having a large Alliance also means that the majority of trainees are employed in Alliance schools after completing their training year.

There are experienced mentors in Alliance schools who will support you. They undertake training for their role every year with the University and with BCTSA. We have an ITT Support Team, which consists of experienced mentors from Alliance Schools who visit schools/trainees at least 3 times a year. This is in addition to the support provided by the University of Warwick.

To teach within our Alliance means that you will have a unique opportunity of an individualised leadership development programme throughout your career, from trainee to senior leadership and beyond.

Caludon Castle, Coventry - Castle Phoenix Teaching School Alliancecastle p logo

UCAS Listing: Caludon Castle School, Axholme Road, Wyken, Coventry, CV2 5BD (179)

Primary (General)
Secondary
- Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

Castle Phoenix Teaching School Alliance is a collaborative partnership of 16 schools across Coventry and Warwickshire plus Coventry LA and University of Warwick. Together we work to provide the capacity to deliver outstanding professional and leadership development, school to school support, ITT and research opportunities. The strength of this collaborative approach means we are very well positioned to provide what the profession and school system need to facilitate outstanding outcomes for all learners. Partners in this alliance have a proven track record of high quality assured provision of school to school support, ITT and CPD (including leadership development). All partners within the alliance are committed to seeking, nurturing and developing world class future leaders to provide the best possible life chances for all young people.

Dorridge Alliance 
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UCAS Listing: Dorridge Primary School, Station Road, Dorridge, Solihull, West Midlands, B93 8EU

Primary (General)

We are offering School Direct Train to Teach courses designed by a network of like-minded schools in partnership with Warwick University, an Ofsted outstanding ITT provider. Our alliance of schools recruits you as a trainee with a job in mind just for you. This is a popular route into teaching for those who hope to secure a role in the network of schools where they train. To complement the university led training, the Dorridge Alliance will provide a bespoke series of CPD sessions over the year designed to ensure you are NQT ready for September 2020. These sessions will be led by outstanding practitioners and lead professionals from our alliance schools. We will guide and support you through the course, with each school providing an in house mentor as well as your university mentor. Our Lead Professional Mentor and Quality Assurance Leads will work alongside each of our schools to ensure you become the very best teacher you can be.

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UCAS Listing: Gateway Alliance (Midlands), c/o Claverdon Primary School, Breach Lane, Claverdon, Warwick, CV35 8QA (23E)

Primary (General and SEN)

The Gateway Alliance has been leading a School Direct partnership since it launched in 2011/12 and before that our partner schools have supported more traditional routes of initial teacher training for many years. Over this time we have developed a wealth of knowledge and expertise in supporting trainees to develop into highly successful teachers. Our partnership is made up of schools from across the Warwickshire and Coventry areas, currently led by Claverdon Primary School and comprises a number of primary and special schools who represent a mixture of large and small, urban and rural, faith, independent, academy and maintained schools. Through our strong partnership links and access to specialist support and expertise the trainees who train with Gateway will have access to the best support available.

Harrington Nursery School, Derby - Derby Early Years Teaching Schoolderby early years logo

UCAS Listing: Derby Early Years Teaching School, Harrington Nursery School, Harrington Street, Derby, Derbyshire, DE23 8PE (268)

Primary (General)

The Derby Early Years Teaching School (DEYTS) Alliance is a partnership of schools from across Derby City and beyond. By working together with a shared vision to make a significant impact upon Early Years and Primary teaching and learning. DEYTS offers professional development for all school members, initial teaching training through the Schools Direct Programme, support with talent and succession planning, commissions projects of school to school support and much more

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UCAS Listing: Higham Lane School Partnership, Higham Lane School, Shanklin Drive, Nuneaton, CV10 0BJ

Primary (General)
Secondary - Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, Geography, History, Maths, Languages, Music, PE, Physics, RE

Higham Lane School Partnership comprises 11 partner schools across both primary and secondary phases. We offer both School Direct training and salaried programmes in collaboration with The University of Warwick. Our Lead School is Higham Lane School, amongst the top 100 performing, non-selective state funded schools in England. We are a close partnership both in terms of location and our approach to the training provision. Our partnership has an expert and experienced team of mentors to support trainees and provide an excellent in-school experience in a range of contexts.
All our schools are happy, caring and purposeful environments. Mutual respect and very clear expectations regarding effort, progress and behaviour are key to our success. Students get on exceptionally well with each other and with the staff. Achievement in all forms: artistic, academic, social, cultural, sporting and intellectual are equally valued.

Our partnership is more than just a place to work - it is a thriving community, proud of its past and confident in its future.
Secondary subjects include English, mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, computer science, geography, history, physical education, modern foreign languages, music and religious education.
If you are passionate about teaching, ambitious, reflective and with excellent communication skills and a desire to positively influence and transform young people’s lives, we look forward to receiving your application for one of our programmes.

Kenilworth School and Sixth Form, Warwickshire - The Kenilworth Partnershipkenilworth logo

UCAS Listing: Kenilworth School and Sports College, Leyes Lane, Kenilworth, CV8 2DA (241)

Primary (General) 
Secondary - Maths, English, Biology, Chemistry, Languages, Geography, History, Art, RE, Computer Science, PE, Music, Drama

Kenilworth School & Sixth Form is an outstanding school (Ofsted 2013) that has recently achieved World Class status and is lead school in the Kenilworth Partnership. Applying for a School Direct place through us will give you a high quality teacher training experience, either at Kenilworth School or at one of our other six partner schools. We work closely with our partner schools to offer rich and varied experiences to trainees looking to develop their skills in a variety of contexts. This enables us to provide a rigorous and challenging programme, bespoke to the needs of the individual and inspires each trainee to strive for excellence in their teaching practise.

Kingfisher Hall Academy - Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT)CHAT logo

UCAS Listing: Cuckoo Hall Academies Trust (CHAT), Cuckoo Hall Lane, Edmonton, London, N9 8DR (1X1)

Primary (General)
Secondary - Chemistry, Drama, English, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

Cuckoo Hall is a happy, friendly and encouraging place to learn. We aim for everyone to feel welcome and valued. At Cuckoo Hall we have high expectations and it is a place where achievement is both expected and celebrated; a place where all members of the school community care about each other and are kind to each other; a place where behaviour is excellent and where success of all kinds is recognised so that we can take pride in all the work we do.

Lawrence Sheriff

UCAS Listing:The Griffin Teaching School Alliance, Clifton Road, Rugby, CV21 3AG

Primary (General)
Secondary - Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Geography, History, Maths, MFL - French, MFL - Spanish, PE, Physics, RE

Lawrence Sheriff School is a National Teaching School and a lead school for School Direct. Based in Rugby, we work in partnership with a range of schools in the Warwickshire and Coventry area.
This is the fifth year that we have been involved with the School Direct training programme and we have successfully placed trainees throughout the area, with many former trainees in full-time employment within the partnership.

The Lion Alliance, Coventry
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UCAS Listing: Finham Park School, Green Lane, Coventry, CV3 6EA (1K1)

Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, English, Geography, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Physics

The Lion Alliance is committed to providing excellent training for teachers in every stage of their career from Initial Teacher Training through to developing school leaders. Our priority is to develop and support you to become the most effective practitioner you can be.

Training with us gives you access to a wide range of highly experienced professionals, all at different stages of their career, who will help in your journey to qualify and enter the teaching profession.

Our alliance consists of several primary and secondary schools, located across Coventry and Warwickshire, meaning that we are able to offer you the opportunity to develop your practice and classroom craft in different schools, in different key phases, in different settings.

We offer exceptional support to all our trainee teachers. once qualified, training and support doesn't stop there; we believe in the importance of Continuing Professional Development and use the expertise of colleagues within the Lion Alliance and strategic partners to deliver a range of CPD courses. career stage professional development, as well as bespoke training and CPD.

The Polesworth School, Tamworth - Community Academies Trust (CAT)CAT logo

UCAS Listing: The CAT Teaching School, The Polesworth School, The Polesworth School, Dordon Road, Polesworth, Tamworth, B78 1QT (17B)

Primary (General)
Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physics, PE, Religious Education

The Polesworth School is the Lead School in this fast developing partnership. We offer School Direct Trainee Teachers opportunities to train within a thriving network of secondary and primary schools spread across Tamworth and North Warwickshire, offering opportunities in a variety of contexts. Rated as “outstanding”, The Polesworth school also offers Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses in all eligible subjects. Polesworth also has its own Sixth Form, so can offer experience at all Key Stages. We are delighted to continue working with The University of Warwick offering School Direct training and salaried opportunities. We believe in Training Teachers and Developing People. Starting your professional journey with The CAT Teaching School ensures you are in an excellent position to develop your professional self.

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UCAS Listing: President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance, President Kennedy School, Rookery Lane, Coventry CV6 4GL

Primary (General)
Secondary: Art and Design, Computing, English, MFL, Geography, History, Maths, Music, Physical Education, Science

The President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance is committed to recruiting and training enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about becoming outstanding teachers. Our Initial Teacher Training provision was identified as ‘Outstanding’ by Warwick University in 2017 and our ITT Director, Aidan Jenkins, has been awarded an Honorary Fellowship within the Centre for Teacher Education at Warwick in recognition of his partnership work over a number of years. During your training you will have specialist help from our Professional and Subject Mentors and develop your practical skills in the classroom, whilst gaining a theoretical understanding of the education profession and the process of learning. President Kennedy Teaching School Alliance seeks to 'Build Brighter Futures Together'. Our values are based on the core principles of 'Students First; No Barriers; It's About Learning'. In order to further your career, we support our staff with subject, pastoral and leadership training.

The Rawlett School - Academies Enterprise Trustrawlett logo

UCAS Listing: Academies Enterprise Trust: West Midlands, AET School Direct - West Midlands, AET NATIONAL HEAD OFFICE, Hockley, Essex, SS5 4HS (2CJ)

Primary (General)
Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is the largest academy trust in the country with a national network of over 60 academies across England. In joining the Trust in your training year you will have the opportunity to make a transformational impact in communities you work within. Whatever your area of expertise, if you have the right skills and outlook, AET is an excellent place to develop your career. To make your next move a career-defining opportunity choose to train with us.

We are committed to supporting trainees with disabilities and other needs, so please let us and the accrediting provider know if you would like us to make any adjustments to support you during the application, interview process and throughout your programme. We are looking for inspiring, knowledgeable and ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their school phase and/or subject specialism and have a desire to share this and make a real difference to young people's lives and futures.

Sherbourne Fields School, Coventry - Sherbourne Alliancesherbourne logo

UCAS Listing: Sherbourne Fields School, Sherbourne Fields School, Rowington Close,Coventry, CV6 1PR (1CM)

Primary (SEN)
Secondary - Biology

Sherbourne Fields is an all age special school for pupils with a broad spectrum of need including physical disabilities, medical conditions and learning needs. The school's population is wide-ranging and diverse, with pupils from a rich mix of social and cultural backgrounds. The school caters for pupils between the ages of 2 and 19 and serves the whole of Coventry. We also offer some places to neighbouring local authorities. We believe that learning should be enjoyable and that the development of the students is best served where they are actively engaged in and motivated by their work. We are delighted that once again we have been recognised as an Outstanding school. Teaching takes place in a variety of ways, with students taking part in one to one work, small group sessions and whole class activities to 'Raise Aspirations, Access and Achievement'.

Shireland Collegiate Academy, Smethwick - Shireland Teaching School Allianceshireland ts logo

UCAS Listing: Shireland Collegiate Academy, Waterloo Road, Smethwick, West Midlands, B66 4ND (13A)

Primary (General)
Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

Shireland Teaching School Alliance is a partnership of like-minded, good and outstanding Secondary and Primary Schools across the West Midlands which provides initial and continuing teacher education and development of the very highest quality. The Lead School in our Alliance is Shireland Collegiate Academy; an Ofsted rated Outstanding school. Our belief is that through immersion within a school environment trainee teachers will have continual opportunities to relate theory into practice by working alongside outstanding practitioners. Our unique approach allows trainee teachers to develop the skills and self-awareness needed to become outstanding and remain outstanding, giving them an advantage in their future teaching careers. We believe outstanding teachers absolutely make a difference. Here at Shireland we aim to make a difference to the lives and academic achievement of each and every learner. Join us and inspire a love of learning in young people and change attitudes, aspirations, and their lives forever.

Southam College - Southam College Teaching School Alliancesoutham logo

UCAS Listing: Southam College, Welsh Road West, Southam, Warwickshire, CV47 0JW (2BN)

Secondary: English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, MFL (Spanish) and Music.

Southam College is the lead school for Southam Teaching Alliance. Southam College is an ‘Outstanding’ 11-18 school set in the heart of rural Warwickshire with 1643 students on roll, 298 of who are in the Sixth Form. As a result of our strong reputation, based upon outstanding achievement, wide ranging extracurricular opportunities and an ethos of support and care, the school continues to be oversubscribed. Our Alliance has a shared ethos of working together and investing in teachers and leaders. We believe that each teacher and leader is unique and has their own talent which can be enhanced through regular professional discussion, practical CPD and self-reflection. We have a developed programme of support for trainee teachers, which extends into the NQT year and beyond. We believe that if every teacher and leader feels they have sufficient challenge, support, inspiration and enjoyment in their career, we believe it is possible for every student to enjoy their education, achieve their very best and have a purposeful, happy future as a valuable member of society

St Paul's School for Girls - St Paul's Caritas Christi Group
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UCAS Listing: St Paul's Caritas Christi, Vernon Road, Edgbaston, Birmingham, B16 9SL (242)

Primary (General)
Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

The school strives to present the highest quality of teaching and learning. Each girl is encouraged and stimulated to aim for excellence and thus achieve the best possible personal and academic standards. The diversity and richness of contribution from all members of the school community, in promoting and upholding all-round high standards are highly valued. Great emphasis is placed on graceful growth in self-discipline and the right use of freedom. Each member is expected to treat others with a spirit of respect and responsible love and to regard the environment with a sense of enlightened stewardship.

St. Peter's Catholic School and Specialist Science College - St. Peter's Alliancest peter

UCAS Listing: St. Peter's Alliance, St Peters Catholic School, Whitefields Rd, Solihull, B91 3NZ (17Y)

Primary (General)
Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education

Welcome to St. Peter’s Catholic School. Serving Solihull’s Catholic community, we are a popular, oversubscribed school with a history going back over a hundred years. Olton Court Convent School (founded in 1903) merged with Bishop Glancey High school in 1974 to form the present school. The Sixth Form was added in 1994 enabling us to care for students from age 11 to 19. The school is supported by the Metropolitan Borough of Solihull and the Birmingham Archdiocese. The school site is bordered by parkland in the largely residential South west of Solihull. Not far away are the excellent amenities of Solihull, the city of Birmingham and the attractive rural landscape of Warwickshire’s Green Belt.

Thomas Estley Community College - The Thomas Estley Learning Alliance (TELA)
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UCAS Listing: Thomas Estley Community College, Station Road, Broughton Astley, Leicestershire, LE9 6PT (1R3)

Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, Mathematics, MFL (French), PE, Physics

Growing talent, pursuing excellence, together. Achieve with TELA School Direct Initial Teacher Training is an established programme with a successful track record of recruiting the best and providing a high-quality experience. Our ethos is to train, employ and grow our own teachers and future leaders.
Achieve have been involved in teacher training for over 10 years and have a proven track record of success with the majority of our graduates finding employment within our alliance of schools. Our school based provision includes high quality teaching placements with experienced and supportive mentors in two schools with varied age ranges.

Warwickshire Teaching School Alliance Warwickshire teaching alliance

UCAS Listing:

Primary (Early Years)

The Warwickshire Teaching School Alliance (WTSA), in partnership with Warwick University are committed to providing high quality teacher training experiences that allow a specialism in Early Education to be gained through a PGCE qualification. You will access a one year, full-time, Early Years, school based route to qualification as a Primary Teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a specialist focus on 3-7 years. The PGCE provides a mix of academic and practical learning and will give you the skills to work with children during their most crucial stages of development.
The WTSA has 11 members and additional strong links with other Warwickshire and Coventry schools. Your school based training will take place in schools that are either good or outstanding and where we are confident you will be supported by experienced and highly professional school mentors. We will always try and place you in schools that suit your circumstances and your training needs. You will gain experience across Nursery, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2, as well as access specialist input from our alliance members, for example SEND, assessment and planning. Trainees will also benefit from attending specialist visits during the summer term to complement your training. Upon completion of the course, successful trainees will have met requirements of the Teacher Standards (2012) and will be able to demonstrate understanding and application of reflective practice and practioner research.

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UCAS listing: The Woodloes Teaching Partnership, Deansway, Warwick CV34 5DF

Primary (General)

The Woodloes Teaching Partnership is led by Woodloes Primary School and our members are Heathcote Primary School, Stratford Primary School, Budbrooke Primary School, Ridgeway Special School and Newburgh Primary School. All our schools are based in the central area around Warwick and Stratford with very easy access to Warwick University, our training partner.

We are a new ITT Partnership but all of our schools have a proven track record of excellence, with great experience in training, coaching and mentoring. Additionally, our schools have a strong reputation for building leadership capacity and school to school improvement.

Woodloes is also a member of the Community Academies Trust along with several of our other partner schools. We collaborate closely and enjoy great support from the CAT Teaching School and Warwick University to train teachers of the future. So if you are interested to know more about this exciting opportunity then please make contact with us to discuss this further.

Woodrush High School - Woodrush Teaching School Alliance

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UCAS Listing: Woodrush Teaching School Alliance, Shawhurst Lane, Wythall, Worcestershire B47 5JW (21T)

Secondary - Art & Design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages(French, German & Spanish), Music, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education.

At Woodrush TSA we pride ourselves on offering a personalised experience. All of our past trainees have rated our training and support as outstanding and we have a 100% pass rate. We work with local primary schools and secondary schools from North Birmingham all the way to Dudley and Worcester. We also work with three universities across the Midlands so can meet the needs of every trainee.

Our School Direct training offers a highly developed programme of professional development opportunities for trainee teachers.

Through both internal training and that linked to national providers, such as the National College of School Leadership, trainee teachers can expect to be given, and have access to, a wide range of opportunities to develop their career. These would include opportunities to develop high quality teaching skills, and early leadership development and fast tracking at Woodrush or within our alliance of partner schools.

We have a lot of experience and expertise in training and developing teachers, which we will use to provide you with an outstanding start to your teaching career and personalised support towards successful completion of your QTS and Masters assignments. Many teachers that train with us join our staff and gain contracts within our organisation. Woodrush also has the NQT Quality mark for excellent support in your first year of teaching.