Grey Court Teaching School Alliance
Primary (334X)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
St Mary’s University, Twickenham
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach overseas, though you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

As a Primary SD student teacher, you be be studying the skills and knowledge needed to teach young children from the ages of 4 to 11, ensure they have good numeracy and literacy levels before going to secondary school. Your training will develop your lesson planning skills and assessment work based on standards set out in the curriculum. This will be achieved through high quality professional studies at the university and the school experience placements.
Your communication skills and excellent literacy and numeracy skills are essential for this role.

Interview process

Your first interview will take place at the university. You will then be interviewed in school by the Teaching School Director with a Senior teacher at the school. This will give you the opportunity to have a clear idea about the school environment and ethos. As part of the interview process in school, you will “teach” a mini-lesson of 15 minutes maximum with a small group of students (6 maximum). This will enable us to assess your communication and interaction with youngsters. There will also be a written task.

How school placements work

There will be 2 placements during your training. September until Christmas in the first school, then January until May in the second school. The schools are selected within the Grey Court alliance school partners which are all good or outstanding schools. On average, we do our best to place you in schools which are within 15 miles to your home address, but we do look at personal circumstances as well as your transport personal means. Grey Court Alliance has 10 school partners which include primary and secondary schools.


The course fees for 2020 to 2021 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



Primary SD:

  • 5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above including Mathematics,English and Science
  • degree classification of 2:2 or above
  • evidence at application of the ability to demonstrate a high standard of standard written English
  • successful completion of skills tests in Mathematics and English prior to commencement of course
  • health and physical capacity to teach
  • an acceptable Disclosure and Barring Service check (DBS) 4

Personal qualities

We are looking for candidates who have experience with children, a genuine passion for teaching, and a talent for public speaking. You will need to have the following attributes: Self-motivated Organised Resilient Approachable Team player Listener Problem solver IT literate Innovative

About the training provider

Why train with us? “The quality of training at the Grey Court School is first class” Ofsted January 2018 Grey Court Teaching School Alliance is a group of good and outstanding schools to work, train and learn. We provide a supportive, outstanding and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with the universities of St Mary’s, King’s College London, Kingston and Goldsmith. The Grey Court Alliance is a partnership of 10 secondary and primary schools across Richmond and Kingston boroughs, many of which have achieved good and outstanding ratings. Our partnership of secondary schools is led by Grey Court School and includes a variety of mixed secondary and primary schools, a faith school and a girls’ school. They are within the Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Kingston: *Waldegrave School

  • Christ’s School
  • Chessington School
  • The Hollyfield School
  • The Kingston Academy
  • Strathmore School
  • Meadlands Primary School
  • The Russell School
  • St. Richard’s Primary School.

All our mentors are qualified teachers, and trained mentors with great expertise to share and train you as you prepare to enter the best job in the world! Our trainees have said “Training with the Great Court Alliance was an outstanding experience”.

You can find us on Eventbrite, search for “Grey Court School” to attend our Get into Teaching events.–london/grey-court-school

About the accredited body

  • You will be working in partnership with an ‘Outstanding’ (March 2011) provider for both Secondary and Primary provision.
  • We have a long standing tradition and proven excellence in providing initial teacher training since 1850.
  • Opportunity to work within a professional community to provide excellence in practice and pedagogy.
  • Opportunity for knowledge exchange and cooperation between educators, teachers and academies.
  • We can offer a wide range of secondary subjects specialisms and primary provision at Key Stage 1 and 2.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Working in partnership with the universities, we support candidates with disabilities and other needs.

All our student teachers are assessed to evaluate their “fitness to teach” as part of their enrolment process.

In the past we have successfully trained student teachers with

  • dyslexia
  • mental health conditions

Grey Court Alliance is a very supportive and inclusive environment to train and work in. We are very proud or out well-being policy and provision for our school community.

Our trainees are always invited to join a range of fun extra-curricular activities for staff, such as football, yoga, zumba and many more.

Contact details

Ham Street
TW10 7HN


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