Stour Vale Academy Trust Primary (5-11) (2GK8)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Worcester
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

Stour Vale Academy Trust offers Primary School Direct teacher training for those wishing to pursue a career in teaching. Our Initial Teacher Training (ITT) Partnership includes a number of excellent schools across the Black Country where trainees will spend the majority of their time. School Direct trainees enjoy more time in school than their PGCE Core counterparts, learning and honing their craft at the chalkface!

We work closely with the University of Worcester to provide a comprehensive and supportive training package that fully prepares trainees for a rewarding teaching career.

We offer two specialist primary pathways. The 3 to 7 pathway provides experience of both EYFS and key stage 1, whereas the 5 to 11 primary pathway provides trainees with experience of both key stage 1 and key stage 2. Please note that all our primary trainees, irrespective of the pathway that they choose, end up qualified to teach the entire primary age range.

Trainees spend around 90 days in their main school (across the Autumn and Summer Terms) and up to 40 days in their second placement school (Spring Term). The Autumn Term will consist of observing lessons and working collaboratively with other teachers, and trainees will be teaching independently by October half-term. Teaching allocations will then be increased gradually over the next two terms.

All trainees will be fully supported by their class mentor and lead mentor in school as well as by a university tutor. In addition to school and university support, representatives from Stour Vale will be with you at every stage of the course to provide professional guidance, expert pedagogical knowledge, along with heaps of advice and encouragement!

Alongside their teaching commitments, trainees will also spend approximately 30 days with the University of Worcester where they will receive expert training by primary subject-specialists as well as other enhancement activities. There will be two assignments assessing trainees’ subject and pedagogical knowledge which together form part of the PGCE offer including 60 Masters credits.

As well as professional development through the university, Stour Vale also delivers an in-school Professional Studies programme across the year drawing on expertise from across the ITT partnership. This includes training sessions in all aspects of school life delivered by guest speakers and serving teachers to enhance trainees’ understanding of contemporary practice.

For any inquiries, as well as the latest information on vacancies and locations, please feel free to contact us at

School placements

Trainees have three placements across the course of the year and these are spent in two different schools.

Stour Vale work with a number of schools across the Black Country. For each applicant, a lead school will be identified across our partnership of schools that will be involved in the interview process. You can select a preferred location for your lead school when applying but please note that we are unable to make guarantees due to changes in individual school capacity throughout the year. In all cases, the applicant’s own circumstances will be considered so that travel times are not inconvenient. A full, clean driving license and access to a car is desirable, but not essential.

Trainees spend the Autumn and Summer Term placements at their lead school (around 90 days) and the Spring Term in their second placement school (around 40 days). These placements provide our trainees with experience of the different key stages for their chosen pathway: 3 to 7 (EYFS and KS1) or 5 to 11 (KS1 and KS2).

All trainees are allocated a class mentor who becomes the trainee’s main point of contact during their placements. Professional mentors then oversee all trainees and mentors within their school. Teaching timetables are staged and trainees will be expected to be teaching independently by the end of the first term. Weekly meetings and observations will be designed to fully support the trainee’s needs and help them to develop as classroom practitioners.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Dingle Community Primary School
Madeley Road, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 8PF
Fairhaven Primary School
Barnett Lane, Wordsley, West Midlands , DY8 5PY
Greenfield Primary School
Hill Street, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1AL
Hagley Primary School
Park Road, Hagley, Stourbridge, Worcestershire, DY9 0NS
Ham Dingle Primary School
Old Ham Lane, Pedmore, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY9 0UN
Hurst Green Primary School
Narrow Lane, Halesowen, West Midlands, B62 9NZ
Maidensbridge Primary School
Beachcroft Road, Kingswinford, West Midlands, DY6 0HX
Moat Farm Junior School
Brookfields Road, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9QR
Netherbrook Primary School
3 Chester Road, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 9RZ
Newtown Primary School
Anne Close, West Bromwich, West Midlands, B70 0ES
Northfield Road Primary
Northfield Road, Netherton, Dudley, West Midlands, DY2 9ER
Northwood Park Primary School
Collingwood Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV10 8DS
Olive Hill Primary
Springfield Road, Halesowen, West Midlands, B62 8JZ
Quarry Bank Primary School
High Street, Quarry Bank, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 2AD
Russells Hall Primary School
Overfield Road, Russells Hall Estate, Dudley, West Midlands, DY1 2NX
St Mary’s Catholic Primary School
Mill Street, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 2TH
Stour Vale Academy Trust
c/o Halesowen College, Whittingham Road, Halesowen, West Midlands, B63 3NA
The Royal School Wolverhampton
York House, Penn Road, Wolverhampton, West Midlands, WV3 0EG
Westfield Primary School
Ounsdale Road, Wombourne, Staffordshire, WV5 8BH
Withymoor Primary School
Gayfield Avenue, Off Turners Lane, Brierley Hill, West Midlands, DY5 2BH

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

Personal qualities

We are looking for people who first and foremost believe in the power of education to transform the lives of young people, whatever their background and ability. You will be hard-working, with an enquiring mind and have the resilience to stay the course. Teaching is the most rewarding job in the world, but it is also, like all professions, a challenging one. You will be supported all the way, but we also want you to be independent, a critical thinker, reflective and self-aware. You will also need to be a confident communicator who will contribute to a great team spirit.

Other requirements

  • Full criminal/DBS checks will be carried out upon application.
  • Fitness to Teach: Admission to the course is subject to a satisfactory medical report, as you are required to meet the standards for Fitness to Teach. We endeavour to meet the needs of trainees with disabilities and you are welcome to discuss any needs or disabilities with us at any time during the application process.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for 2022 to 2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
International students £14,100

Fee amount pending confirmation from the University of Worcester.

About the training provider

Stour Vale Academy Trust is a group of primary and secondary schools offering school direct training across a range of specialisms. Teaching and learning is our core purpose and our course is built on principles of knowledge, inquiry and challenge.

Whether you opt for primary or secondary training, you will be part of an exciting and comprehensive training programme. Supported by our experienced and talented mentors, you will quickly become an integral part of a supportive and aspirational environment that is committed to outstanding outcomes for all, assuring you of the best possible start to your teaching profession.

Our secondary schools: Redhill School, Stourbridge; The Earls High School, Halesowen; Ridgewood High School, Stourbridge; Oldbury Academy, Oldbury

Our primary schools: Olive Hill Primary, Halesowen; Northfield Road Primary, Netherton; Newtown Primary, West Bromwich

We also work closely with a number of other schools across the Black Country as part of our wider ITT partnership.

Our courses are accredited by University of Worcester, University of Wolverhampton and Haybridge Alliance SCITT (c/o Birmingham City University), and all our tuition fee courses award a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) to all successful trainees.

We offer places for secondary and primary trainees.

For more information about Stour Vale, please visit For the latest information on School Direct places and locations, please feel free to email us at

Interview process

For applications through The University of Worcester, candidates will attend an interview which will include a presentation and formal interview questions with course leaders from the university, Stour Vale and the lead school. Candidates will also be asked to deliver a lesson or part-lesson. This could be face-to-face with pupils, or remotely to the interview panel made up of representatives from Stour Vale and the lead school. We will provide further details upon application.

Where possible, we encourage all applicants to visit their lead school prior to interview and support candidates in arranging this.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

Training with disabilities and other needs

We are a fully inclusive Trust and pride ourselves on our provision for all our stakeholders’ needs. Wheelchair access is excellent with lift access to all areas of our site. We take care to ensure the mental health and well-being of staff and pupils and have recognised this in our ITT handbook.

Contact this training provider

0121 5855385
c/o Halesowen College
Whittingham Road
West Midlands
B63 3NA

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a teacher training adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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