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School Direct at The Great Schools Trust Physics (F467)

PGCE with QTS full time

Accredited body
University of Cumbria
Financial support
Scholarships or bursaries, as well as student finance, are available 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
11 to 16
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


About the course

Our School Direct course is firmly based on a residency training model in order to maximise opportunities for potential trainees to apply theory skills into teaching and leadership practice. You will be placed in one of the following King’s Leadership Academies: King’s Leadership Academy Warrington - Woolston, Warrington. King’s Leadership Academy Liverpool - Dingle, Liverpool. King’s Leadership Academy Hawthornes - Bootle, Liverpool. King’s Leadership Academy Bolton - Farnworth, Bolton. Your home school placement will be where you will spend the majority of your teacher training. Time will also be spent at King’s Leadership Academy Warrington venue for training supported by The University of Cumbria. Support for academic assignments will be provided through a mix of University Professional Learning Days at The university of Cumbria and sessions at our Lead School Kings Leadership Warrington.You will be given training to enhance your subject knowledge, as well as approaches to teaching. You will undertake a contrasting school placement which will enable you to develop your skills further and ensure that you can adapt your teaching skills into any educational setting you choose to go into. A key part of your training will be based on understanding Character Education which underpins the Great School Trust ethos of all of our Academies. Training will also demonstrate how the ethos applies across the curriculum. You will be fully supported in developing your skills to ensure that you are ready to lead the classroom. Although you are in placement, you will always be a valued and active member of the teaching teams within our Academies.

School placements

There will be two placements throughout your course. Your home school placement and a six week alternative placement at another one of our academies.

There will be a professional mentor available to every trainee through out the course in each school setting.

You will only be required to travel to one of our multi academy trust schools in Warrington, Bolton or Central and North Liverpool.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
King’s Leadership Academy Warrington
Hillock Lane, Warrington, Cheshire, WA1 4PF
Kings Leadership Academy Bolton
Lever Edge Lane , Bolton , BL3 3LA
Kings Leadership Academy Hawthornes
Fernhill Rd, Bootle, Merseyside, L20 6AQ
Kings Leadership Academy Liverpool
Dingle Vale, Liverpool, Merseyside, L8 9SL

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

Applicants will normally: hold or be expected to gain a 2:2 honours degree or above have GCSE grade C/grade 4 in English Language and Maths or equivalent

For a salaried route into teaching only strong applicants, with at least 12 months full time work experience (not necessarily in a teaching role, with a 2:2 or above will be considered.

Please note: original evidence of GCSE passes (or equivalent) and your degree (if you have already graduated) will be requested at the interview. If you have non-standard qualifications please check their suitability with

Personal qualities

Highly motivated trainees who want to make a positive contribution to the education of young people, with aspirations to achieve positive outcomes in education. Confident trainees who are passionate about their own specialism subject, with strong subject knowledge and self awareness for personal development. Creative trainees who are able to inspire their learners and create a professional environment where everyone wants to succeed. Reflective trainees who will show enthusiasm and a willingness to participate in the all aspects of the training course. Robust, resilient trainees, who want to make a difference in the classroom, which will enable students to Endeavour.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £9,000.

School Direct – Non Salaried Route

On the non-salaried training route, you’re entitles to apply for a student loan to cover your costs.

there are tax free bursaries available ranging between £9,000 and £26,000 for many secondary subjects.

The bursaries are particularly generous for subjects such as mathematics, sciences, and languages - £26,000 with a further £6,000 paid to trainees in there NQT Year.

School Direct – Salaried Route Similar to the Postgraduate Teaching Apprenticeship, you’ll have the opportunity to earn a salary and train to become a qualified teacher – learning from experienced teachers. Whichever salaried course you choose, both will help you to develop your skills to become a highly effective qualified teacher. Trainees on salaried programmes are recruited and employed directly by schools, and may continue teaching in their school following training.

About the training provider

The Great Schools Trust is a values led Multi Academy Trust. Our motto ‘Credimus’, underpins our collective belief that a ‘great’ education must serve as a cornerstone for enhanced social and geographical mobility. We offer the same aspirational, social and cultural advantages, including the academic performance standards, of an independent education, we do so for free, without selection, and most critically, serve some of our most disadvantaged communities. Leadership is the trust’s specialism taught to all students through a structured weekly programme of character and leadership development. The trust’s first academy, King’s Leadership Academy Warrington became the National School of Character in 2015 and is recognised globally as a leader in this field. Rated by Ofsted as Outstanding in 2019, it is home to the trust’s teaching & leadership centre, the Institute of Character and Leadership, is presently the highest performing secondary school in Cheshire and in the top 10 highest performing free schools nationally. At the heart of our outstanding outcomes is outstanding teaching, delivered in a values based, calm and purposeful ethos. We devote 2.5 hours every week to personalised CPD and leadership development for every teacher. A high expectations, research informed culture permeates every classroom where teachers are not interrupted for a single minute by low level disruption. Behaviour and professional standards in the trust’s academies are impeccable and in nine years, King’s Warrington has not issued a single fixed term exclusion, whilst attendance and punctuality standards place it in the top 10 of all schools nationally.

Interview process

Our selection process is a two way process where you can find out if The Great Schools Trust is the training programme for you and we can decide if you can potentially become a good/outstanding secondary teacher with our support. We always carry out our interviews at our King’s Leadership Academy in Warrington.

We want the interview to be a very positive experience for you where you can find out about our schools and how we can help you to become a teacher. Before the interview we will be offering a short series of webinars to help you decide if teaching is for you as a career and prepare you for your application.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Great Schools Trust - We endeavour to provide an inclusive learning and teaching environment, in which all students can achieve their potential. The Great Schools Trust and Cumbria University are committed to Equality of Opportunity and making reasonable adjustments to support all potential candidates in applying and succeeding in teacher training. We have a dedicated support tutor, who supports our trainees with disability or any other need.

The university of Cumbria - We are all different and each have our own unique ways of learning, at the University of Cumbria we offer students an individualised SPLD action plan designed to give you the extra support you need to excel in your studies.

We aim to provide a supportive environment that allows all individuals to flourish, and actively encourage applications from disabled people. We are committed to widening participation and provide a range of services to enable those with disability or specific learning difficulty (SpLD) to access their chosen course.

Contact this training provider

c/o Kings Leadership Academy Warrington
Hillock Lane

Support and advice

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