Grey Court Training School 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.

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


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.

School placements

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.

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, 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, maths or science.

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

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £9,250.

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 Training 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, Brunel and Goldsmith. The Grey Court Training School Alliance is a partnership of 10 schools, secondary and primary, across the boroughs of Richmond and Kingston , many of which have achieved good and outstanding ratings. Our partnership of schools is led by Grey Court School and includes a variety of mixed secondary and primary schools, a faith school ,a girls’ school and one independent school.

Our partner schools are:

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 some of our past events on Eventbrite, search for “Grey Court School”. We hope to be able to offer some “Get into Teaching” events from the Spring Term 2022. Please check Eventbrite regularly.

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.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

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 Training School 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 this training provider

Ham Street
TW10 7HN

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

Find out about the different ways to train if you do not have a degree, or are already an experienced teacher.

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