William Perkin High School is one of four Twyford Trust schools. The Trust’s ethos is strongly and distinctively Christian, with an emphasis on developing socially responsible individuals with a sense of their own capacity to do and be good. The Trust prides itself on embracing ‘life lived to the full’; a concept that we have developed as our 10:10 ethic.
William Perkin opened as a Free School in September 2013 and is now full capacity, with year groups 7 to 13. The School was inspected by Ofsted most recently in February 2019 and was rated outstanding, the highest grade attainable. In William Perkin’s first year of GCSE exams, our fledgling year group achieved exceptional outcomes which placed us in the top 10 schools in the United Kingdom. We are incredibly proud of this achievement, as well as the progression that our students consistently make towards their futures as young adults.
The School Direct History programme at William Perkin School begins in September 2021. Upon successful completion of the training programme in summer 2022, you will gain Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) plus 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 an 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 St Mary’s.
You will be assigned an experienced mentor from within your subject area at William Perkin 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.