Villiers High School is a warm and hardworking community of students and staff, with a strong track record of excellence in teaching and learning. It is placed in the top 15% of schools in the country for Progress 8, with a score of 0.56 (2018) and has been classified under the DfE rankings as ‘well above average’ for three consecutive years. Its most recent Ofsted report in May 2019 graded the school as ‘Outstanding’ in all categories . Teachers are offered excellent support and the school places a very strong emphasis on Continued Professional Learning to ensure best practice.
Villiers High School is committed to helping young people make exceptional progress within a caring and inclusive school community. Villiers celebrates differences and ensures children understand each other’s cultures and traditions, so they are able to thrive in a safe and harmonious environment.
The School Direct Chemistry programme at Villiers High School begins in September 2020. Upon successful completion of the training programme in summer 2021, you will gain Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from St Mary’s 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 Villiers High School 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.