Twyford Church of England High School is one of four Twyford Trust schools, and School Direct trainees will be joining us at a time of considerable growth. The Twyford Trust aims to deliver outstanding education in a comprehensive school setting, and embraces the motto ‘Life in all its fullness’, encouraging students to use their individual gifts wisely and well. The atmosphere at the school reflects this. It is upbeat, positive and energetic with an emphasis on high engagement.
Twyford is currently oversubscribed and there are now almost 1000 students in Years 7 -11 and over 500 in the 6th Form. Alongside its specialisms of Science, Languages and Music, the Arts at Twyford also have a very high profile at the school with regular productions, exhibitions and performances. In its most recent Ofsted inspection, Twyford School was graded as outstanding, the highest grade attainable in an Ofsted inspection.
The School Direct Biology programme at Twyford begins in September 2023. Upon successful completion of the training programme in summer 2024, you will gain Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) plus Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
All schools in the Teach West London Ealing secondary partnership are highly supportive and inspirational environments where you will develop the necessary skills and acquire a true appreciation of the practice essential for outstanding teaching and learning. You will learn your craft in a safe environment which allows you to experiment with teaching styles, strategies and ideas.
Your training will be delivered by expert teachers within the school. You will participate in weekly sessions which will cover a wide range of topics and policies which will be of use to you in your subject area and the school as a whole. You will also have the opportunity to attend partnership wide training events along with fellow trainees. Your school-led training will be complemented by attendance at St Mary’s University in Twickenham.
You will be assigned an experienced mentor from within your subject area at Twyford who will support you in your development over the course of what will be a challenging and rewarding year. All mentors are excellent teachers who are well-trained in mentoring, coaching, lesson observations and feedback skills. You will also work closely with a member of the Senior Leadership team who will oversee your training and will provide an invaluable perspective on your role as a teacher and the wider issues of education leadership.