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Train to teach at Henley

Train to teach with the Shires Teaching School Alliance

If you want to train to become a fully qualified teacher, then look no further!

The Shires Teaching School Alliance (TSA) is a partnership between an alliance of good and outstanding schools in South Warwickshire and the University of Worcester; the TSA offers the opportunity to train to teach through a one year post-graduate programme. Trainees will be placed within at least two alliance schools, which may include Henley-in-Arden, whilst pursuing their course.

By choosing the ‘School Direct’ route you are opting to spend a significant time in classes, putting to practice the ‘theory’ of learning and applying the knowledge gained on a daily basis. You’ll become part of the team, treated as a professional and supported throughout.

You will experience teaching in schools within the alliance, mentored all the way. Your timetable will build as you start to develop your teacher toolkit. If you successfully graduate, you will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post-Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

For more information about School Direct click here.


If you are committed to changing the lives of young learners, then teaching may be for you. Changing the world isn’t easy, but educating children is the foundation for change. Teaching is challenging yet very rewarding.

You need to meet the statutory requirements for entry into teaching:

  • A good honours degree (usually 2:2 or above) in a related subject area
  • GCSE Mathematics and English.
  • A degree in a subject related to your chosen teaching subject
  • If you have significant experience in a related subject area and a degree in another discipline you may be eligible to apply and should contact your tutor for advice
  • You will also need to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process and have passed them both before the start of the course (see here for more information).


Applications are made through UCAS from the 18th October, to start training in September 2017.

Use the UCAS search tool here to find Shires Teaching School Alliance, or University of Worcester (School Direct) and choose one the following subjects:








Modern Languages

Physical Education


Religious Education


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For more information on how to apply, hints, dates and what to include, click the UCAS page here.


The standard annual fee for UK and EU students enrolling on the PGCE: School Direct in 2017 will be no more than £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit University of Worcester course fees page.

For more information about the bursaries and scholarships available to you, please visit the Get Into Teaching site here.


Make your application stand out by gaining as much experience as you can to show your commitment to training to become a teacher. If you wish to gain experience at one of the schools in our alliance, and meet all of the above criteria, please click here to email Laura Laszcz.

Specific dates and locations of school experience will be posted here very shortly.


Don’t hold back from applying for teacher training because of your subject knowledge. You may still be able to train to teach these subjects by building up or refreshing your existing knowledge with a subject knowledge enhancement programme. For more information click here.


Your teacher training will take place in at least two schools through the programme. You will have a professional mentor and a subject mentor for each school placement. Here is a list of partner schools within the Shires TSA:

AGS, Alcester

Alcester Academy

Henley-in-Arden School

King Edward VI Boys' School, Stratford

Shipston High School

Studley High School

Stratford Girls' School, Shottery

Stratford-upon-Avon High School

Welcombe Hills School

Find out more

To find out more, and to register your interest in training to teach through the Shires TSA, click here to email Laura Laszcz.

Mrs Laura Laszcz
Assistant Headteacher
Teaching, Learning and ITT