Ada Lovelace 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.
Ada Lovelace opened as a Free School in September 2018 and this year our first year group move into Year 11 and will sit their GCSEs.
The School Direct Biology programme at Ada Lovelace CE High School begins in September 2023. Upon successful completion of the training programme in summer 2024, you will gain a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) as well as 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 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 trainees. Your school-led training will be complemented by attendance at St Mary’s University.
You will be assigned an experienced mentor from within your subject area at Ada Lovelace CE 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.
As well as your main training placement at Ada Lovelace CE High School, you will complete a six-week placement in a contrasting context within Ealing; this will afford you the opportunity to experience working with different students, within different structures and with a wider range of colleagues.
An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in biology or a similar subject. Otherwise you’ll need to prove your subject knowledge in some other way.
Grade 4 (C) or above in English and maths, or equivalent qualification.
We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We seek to appoint applicants who exhibit a passion for and excellent knowledge of their subject and a commitment to the education of all young people.
It is anticipated that all successful applicants will participate fully in the life of the school and therefore it is essential that trainees are very well organised, hardworking and enthusiastic.
We look to appoint those with the potential to become outstanding teachers, with this in mind, it is crucial that applicants are resilient, reflective and responsive to advice.
You must have 3 years full-time (or equivalent) work experience (this does not have to be from an educational setting).
School experience is also essential if you are interested in applying for School Direct at one of the Teach West London Ealing secondary partnership schools. We prefer that candidates have up to 10 days of recent experience in a UK school. If you have arranged some classroom experience but it is yet to take place, please make a note of this in your application.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Teach West London, the Teaching School Hub for Ealing, Harrow, Hillingdon and Hounslow, is the partner provider for Ealing’s secondary School Direct programmes.
We work in collaboration with St Mary’s University, Lampton LWA SCITT and Goldsmiths, University of London.
Ealing has a fantastic reputation for its well-established training programmes and its excellent track-record of induction. Our commitment to ensuring that all trainees, regardless of subject or route, are able to benefit from the experience and expertise of the very best practitioners makes it an excellent place to train and procure employment once qualified.
For the past eight years, the majority of our trainees have secured their first qualified teacher role within the borough upon completion of their training year.
Please click on the following link to find out about recent teacher progression routes from trainees at the Twyford CofE Academies Trust: https://vimeo.com/360797633
Shortlisted applicants will first be interviewed by St Mary’s University. Successful candidates will then be invited to an interview at school and to take part in some or all of the following activities: a presentation; a written task; small group teaching; curriculum discussion and an interview. You will be told in advance if you are required to prepare a presentation or to teach.
It is a rigorous and thorough process designed to ensure successful applicants are well placed to succeed.
Please note that we recruit on a rolling basis and usually offer only one position per subject area (unless otherwise stated). We suggest that you apply early as popular subjects are filled quickly.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
c/o Twyford CE High School Twyford Crescent Acton London W3 9PP
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
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get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.
Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or
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