Ellen Wilkinson School for Girls is a wonderfully diverse school with students and staff from a range of different backgrounds, faiths and cultures. The school has gained a variety of awards and is particularly proud of the SSAT Gold Award for Cultural Diversity, the assessors noting that the ethos of the school is an outstanding feature and that there is a highly cohesive and mutually supportive community where everyone feels valued and enjoys learning . Ellen Wilkinson’s recent Ofsted report also confirmed that we our overall effectiveness is outstanding.
The school became a specialist college for Science and Mathematics in 2002, re-designated in 2006 and 2009 and, following our recognition as a High Performing Specialist School, was awarded Training School status in 2007.
The School Direct programme at Ellen Wilkinson begins in September 2021. Upon successful completion of the training programme in summer 2022, you will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as well as Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
All schools in ETSA 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 professional development sessions which will cover a wide range of topics and school policies which will be of use to you in your subject area and in the school as a whole. You will also attend Alliance-wide Golden Day training events along with fellow ETSA trainees. Your school-led training will be complemented by attendance at the St Mary’s.
You will be assigned an experienced mentor from within your subject area at Ellen Wilkinson 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 a great deal of your training and will provide an invaluable perspective on your role as a teacher and the wider issues of education leadership.