Throughout your year you will mostly be based in your host school, where you will experience life as a full-time member of teaching staff.
You will also undertake a 5 week long second placement at another school in the Spring Term. In addition, you will attend training at schools around Nottinghamshire and can experience teaching in a different phase, as well as special school experience, if desired.
Your main host school for your training will be The Minster School.
The Minster School is a Church of England academy of around 1,600 students aged from 7-18, with an ancestry tracing back over 1,000 years. The school has been graded ‘Outstanding’ since 2011 by Ofsted and in its most recent SIAMs reports, with recent GCSE and A level results placing us among the top schools regionally for progress. We are proud to offer Spanish, German and French at Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.
In addition to academic success, our students access many enrichment visits and experiences which we encourage our trainees to become involved with. Our school is hosted in new state-of-the-art accommodation. We are a rural school, with approximately 70% of students coming from our catchment area, and 30% entering on foundation places. Southwell is a pleasant self-contained Minster town of around 8,000 inhabitants.
The Minster School is proud to work collaboratively with hundreds of other schools through its work as a National Support School, Teaching School, Maths Hub and Music Hub. We are also the Choir School for Southwell Minster with a Junior Department for younger choristers.
Our school ethos is ‘Succeeding Together’ through our Christian values of wisdom, optimism, resilience, kindness and service, and this runs through all of our work. We have one of the largest Sixth Forms in Nottinghamshire and offer over 30 A Level subjects.
Our staff are experienced and enthusiastic about teaching, and you will be welcomed as a member of staff by the whole-school community throughout your School Direct year. We host a number of trainee teachers every year and enjoy working together to develop the next generation of teachers and leaders.