Windsor Academy Trust offers the School Direct initial teacher training programme in partnership with the University of Birmingham. We work with the University in recruiting and selecting trainees and provide a high-quality training programme which leads to the award of the Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at Primary level and PGDipEd with QTS at Secondary level. Applicants apply directly to a Windsor Academy Trust and undertake their placements within our family of schools.
Applications can be made via Find-postgraduate-teacher-training for the following School Direct training places:
Secondary Modern Foreign Languages,
Secondary Religious Studies
Secondary Physical Education
Students on our School Direct routes have placements within our family of schools which could include the following secondary schools:
Windsor High School (Halesowen)
Kingswinford Academy (Dudley)
Cheslyn Hay Academy (Walsall)
Great Wyrley Academy (Walsall)
and the following primary schools:
Colley Lane Primary Academy (Halesowen)
Goldsmith Primary Academy (Walsall)
Rivers Primary Academy (Walsall)
Manor Way Primary Academy (Halesowen)
Tenterfields Primary Academy (Halesowen)
The school direct route includes two main school placements.
Students on School Direct primary routes will undertake a Postgraduate Certificate in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 60 credits contributing to Master’s level. Students on the secondary programmes undertake the Postgraduate Diploma in Education with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) which will provide 120 credits contributing to Master’s level.
Please note, schools in the Windsor Academy Trust family are located in two clusters, to ensure that you have excellent support during your training year, it is likely that you will be placed in both clusters. Please check that you are able to travel to both locations [Dudley and Walsall].
An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.
Your degree subject should be in physical education 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 will not consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test.
The characteristics of an excellent teacher that we will be looking for in your application and interview include:
a passion for teaching;
excellent subject knowledge for teaching;
a passion for your subject [secondary];
a good understanding of what the day-to-day role of teaching comprises;
a desire to serve the community in which you teach;
a belief in the pivotal role teaching can have in ensuring all young people aspire to achieve their potential whatever their starting points.
The university will verify your DBS record and confirm your fitness to teach
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
About the training provider
Windsor Academy Trust (WAT) is a West Midlands based family of schools. We bring together four secondary schools and five primary academies.
Our academies are
Windsor High School and Sixth Form
The Kingswinford School
Great Wyrley Academy
Cheslyn Hay Academy
Goldsmith Primary Academy
Rivers Primary Academy
Manor Way Primary Academy
Tenterfields Primary Academy
Colley Lane Primary Academy
Our aim is to unlock the personal and academic potential in every child.
Windsor Academy Trust aims to improve the quality of educational provision through the sharing of ideas and best practice amongst its schools. Our teaching and learning development is firmly rooted in the latest evidence based research. Teachers at WAT are both consumers and producers of pedagogical research.
At WAT we combine a shared experience of primary and secondary schools and promote student and staff collaboration. This raises aspirations across our family of schools, united in their ethos and operation to achieve the very best for all students.
We work collectively to ensure that all our children achieve their full potential in a climate of high challenge for all, where teachers feel supported, motivated and empowered.
We give trainees an excellent first step in becoming a highly effective practitioner. Our training year provides a strong foundation to be developed and built upon in ECT years and beyond.
About the accredited body
We enjoy an excellent and well established partnership with University of Birmingham for Initial Teacher Education, Early Career Framework delivery, and other post and undergraduate projects.
The University of Birmingham’s School of Education has a long-standing reputation as a centre of excellence for teaching and research in a wide range of areas of educational practice and policy. It is an international leader in education and has a history of top rated research.
Your interview will be held at either Windsor Academy Trust Central, Halesowen or at one of the schools within Windsor Academy Trust. You will be interviewed by a panel which will include a Lead Practitioner who works across the Trust in your subject area as well as a Faculty Director.
The process could include an informal interview and introduction to Windsor Academy Trust, a mini lesson, a student panel interview, a written test and a formal interview.
You should allow a full day for the interview.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
Trinity Point High Street Halesowen West Midlands B63 3HY
Support and advice
You can speak to a teacher training adviser
for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you
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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