St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School
History (3CKV)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Middlesex University
Financial support

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


About the course

Salaried training places are available at St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School. Our training places are offered in partnership with Middlesex University. The program includes

  • Teaching at St Michael’s for most of the year
  • A contracting placement of 4-6 weeks with one of our partner schools
  • Weekly sessions (usually Mondays) at Middlesex University (20 in total) You will study with Middlesex University for the PG Cert Teaching (

Interview process

If selected, you will be invited to attend for interview at St Michael’s. At the interview stage, your suitability for teaching will be assessed including your subject knowledge for teaching and competency in the fundamental skills of English and Maths. If any shortfall is identified, you may be required to complete some additional work to secure the appropriate level of competency before being accepted on the programme. During the programme your competency in these areas will be developed and assessed to ensure you reach the required level. Typically at the interview, you will

  • Deliver a lesson to a key stage 3 group. Typically, the lesson will be observed by a subject specialist, the school direct course leader and a course tutor from Middlesex University.
  • Complete a few tasks
  • Tour the school with a few pupils – Q&A opportunity
  • Time meeting the department – Q&A opportunity
  • Time with the school direct course leader to understand our program
  • Formal interview with the head

How school placements work

Typically, School Direct Salaried trainees have a 50%-60% timetable where they will be teaching independently from the start of term. The course is full time for the academic year (term time only). Trainees will receive a compulsory intensive training programme for a fortnight in the July prior to their start date in September. You will work at St Michael’s for the full academic year with a 4-6 week contracting second placement with one of our partner schools. You will have

  • A school a subject mentor – weekly meeting
  • A professional coordinating mentor - weekly meeting
  • A university tutor – formal observation once a term
  • Weekly professional study sessions at Middlesex University (20 in total)


Salaried School Direct trainees are paid on point one of the unqualified teachers’ scale. You do not pay any university fees for this course.

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



You must hold a UK undergraduate degree or a recognised equivalent qualification at 2:1 or above relevant to the subject. Applicants with a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching will also be considered. GCSEs at grade C or 4 in English and mathematics are essential.

Personal qualities

We are looking for someone with

  • Excellent subject knowledge
  • A passion for learning
  • The aptitude and enthusiasm for working with young people
  • An understanding of the pressures and demands of the profession
  • Excellent communication and organisation skills
  • A willingness to be self-reflective and open to advice and guidance

To strengthen application, we recommend you observe for a few days some teaching at secondary level.

Other requirements

You will need to evidence good use of the English language and basic numeracy skills. The offer will be conditional to passing the health check, DBS and nationality checks.

About the training provider

St. Michael’s is a Voluntary Aided three-form entry Secondary Grammar school and its sixth-form welcomes around 250-300 students.

Results are consistently strong. In the summer of 2018, 32% of all our GCSEs were awarded the top grade of level 9, which means that almost one third of all grades were at the highest possible grade. At A Level just over 20% of all grades were A* grades, with over 90% of grades being A*/A/B grades. Last year, 12 of our students had successful applications to Oxford and Cambridge.

St Michael’s has a team of strong and dedicated teaching staff, who will enthuse you and enable you, like it does for its students, to transform your dreams into reality. You will be able to work with intelligent and sharp students who will on a daily basis enhance and challenge your subject knowledge as well as share your passion.

You will be welcomed by a caring and supportive staff community of mixed origin, faith and background who support the Catholic ethos of the school. If you visit us, the first thing you will notice is the calm atmosphere around the school site and especially in the classrooms. We have very considerate and hardworking students as well as highly capable, passionate and caring teachers, who will support you as you train and develop your teaching practice.

About the accredited body

The Education Department at Middlesex University has a long-established reputation for the provision of high-quality teacher training. The university has been involved in teacher training since the 1950s. The department is based at the Hendon campus in London.

Training with disabilities and other needs

St Michael’s Catholic Grammar School is a compact school comprising five adjacent buildings of widely contrasting styles; the Sixth Form Centre is The Grange, an adapted 19th century private house with a lawn and surrounded by trees to which a Resource Centre was added in 1999; the lower school, a stone building from the early 1900s; the Sports Hall built in 2008 and the main School which rebuilt should be completed in December 2019. Due to the geography of the school, there is little wheel-chair access.

Contact details

Nether Street
North Finchley
N12 7NJ


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