On the School Direct route, you have applied to train at a specific school and, following interview, have been offered and accepted a place at that school. You therefore know where your first school will be, unlike those on the PGCE route.
You will start at your school in mid-late September and will have a few days of induction to settle you in. You’ll stay at this school until February half term and will be on site most of the week; on some weeks you may have additional training days at university. You’ll be very much part of the school and the more you join in, the more you’ll get out.
After February half term, you will move to another school for your short second placement which lasts for most of the second half of the spring term. This second placement is sorted by the Lead school late in the Christmas term and under the directive given by the ITT criteria, must provide a contrasting experience to your host school. As with all second placements, you must expect up to 40 minutes travel.
If you have a child in a school in the partnership, you wouldn’t be placed there, so please make this known early on.
You will return to your host school for the last week of the Spring term and the first half of the summer term when your training year will finish. You would expect to be awarded QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) towards the mid/end of June.
You can select one of the following locations when you apply.
List of locations and vacancies
Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School
Buckswood Drive, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 8JE
Ifield Community College
Crawley Avenue, Crawley, West Sussex, RH11 0DB
Balcombe Road, Horley, West Sussex, RH6 9AE
Oriel High School
Oriel High School, Maidenbower, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 7XW
The Forest School
Compton Lane, Horsham, West Sussex, RH13 5NT
An undergraduate degree, 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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.
We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English or maths.
We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about their subject and have a desire to share that with young people of all abilities in this particular age range. Strong subject knowledge will make your training year easier.
You must like working with young people and making a difference to their lives; resilience and patience are also key qualities.
Although school experience is no longer a compulsory requisite, we do feel that you should have a basic understanding of the challenges of education before you commence your training.
All firm offer holders will be required to complete a satisfactory Suitability Declaration, DBS and Overseas Police check plus Occupational Health Questionnaire.
Fees and financial support
The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.
The course fees for 2022/2023 are as follows:
Student type Fees to pay
UK students £9,250
EU students £9,250
Please refer to the University of Brighton website for further details about fees.
Financial support from the training provider
The Oriel ITT Partnership does not offer any further financial support to that offered by DfE.
About the training provider
Do you aspire to be an outstanding teacher? Do you want the opportunity to train alongside exceptional teachers in successful and innovative schools?
The Oriel High School ITT Partnership is seeking to appoint highly motivated and qualified graduates with a passion for their subject, who are committed to training to teach in the classroom through the school based training route, School Direct.
School Direct training places are available in the following partner schools
Oriel High School
The Forest School
The Holy Trinity Church of England School
Ifield Community College
Oathall Community College
Our programmes offer:
The chance to train alongside, and work in partnership with experienced and innovative current practitioners.
A dedicated school based mentor who, alongside other teachers based in your chosen school and tutors at the University of Brighton, will provide targeted feedback and guidance throughout the programme.
The opportunity to train with like-minded individuals who demonstrate the same enthusiasm and motivation for teaching and can provide peer support and professional dialogue.
Both subject specific training and wider school professional development as part of the School Direct Professional studies programme. This programme combines school based learning with training delivered by the University of Brighton.
The opportunity at the end of the programme for successful students to continue their professional journey within the best schools in West Sussex.
About the accredited body
University of Brighton:
The University of Brighton is one of the UK’s largest providers of education and teacher training. It has a long-established reputation for high quality courses and has been educating teachers and other professionals for over 100 years. The University of Brighton ITE Partnership was rated ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2018 for early years, primary and secondary initial teacher training.
If you have applied for a School Direct place with us, you need to expect two interview stages - the first with the university, the second with the school offering the place.
The university interview will be with staff from the School of Education and the department of your subject. They will also want to check your documentation to ensure you are eligible and compliant, so it’s worth looking for the originals of GCSE, degree and marriage certificates before that interview. If you haven’t got them, or haven’t yet finished your degree, you will be given time to order copies and showing then to the university will become part of any conditional offer you might be made.
Copies can take up to six weeks and there is a charge, so factor that in to your planning.
If successful at the university stage, you will then be invited to a school-based interview which will take two to three hours. You will be expected to:
teach a short part of a lesson on a specific topic; you’ll be given information as to the numbers in the group, their ability and the point they are at in that topic.
give a short presentation to the interview panel – this is likely to consist of senior subject and leadership staff, possibly the Headteacher
complete a written task
If you are unsuccessful at the university stage, it is unlikely that the school will proceed any further with your application.
You’ll need the right to study in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:
Matthews Drive Maidenbower Crawley W Sussex RH10 7XW
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
Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).