What is School Direct with Great Sankey TSA?


Work towards a PGCE, gain qualified teacher status

and train in schools which thrive on  developing the

next generation of outstanding teachers.  When you

join Great Sankey Teaching School Alliance you will

become part of the school community and train as a

professional from day one.  In partnership with the

University of Cumbria, our programme is designed

and delivered by outstanding teachers with a proven

track record of developing future teachers and


Why complete your PGCE with us?


  • Outstanding staff; experienced and fully trained mentors who are committed to developing the next generation of outstanding teachers

  • Become part of the team; School Direct trainees start on the first day in September following an induction in the summer term and are immediately made to feel part of the staff, being known as Associate Teachers. 

  • Employment opportunities; schools in our partnership engage with School Direct because they are seeking to recruit outstanding teachers.

  • Innovative programme design; from partnership conferences and subject knowledge enhancement to leadership development, we pride ourselves on delivering a programme which is bespoke to the needs of our Associate Teachers and includes enrichment opportunities in a special school, a pupil referral unit and opportunities to learn alongside NQTs as well as experienced colleagues. Twelve University days enhance application of subject knowledge.


Which schools are involved in our School Direct partnership?


Located in Warrington with excellent access to Manchester and Liverpool, our partnership is led by Great Sankey High School; a National Teaching School and developing outstanding teachers through School Direct is central to our core purpose of providing the highest possible standard of education and care.  The school has over 1800 students including our sixth form college.

The partnership is growing with more primary and secondary schools joining and ready to recruit. The following schools are in our School Direct partnership:



Great Sankey High School (secondary lead), Birchwood Community High School, Heysham High School, The Prescot School, Green Lane Community Special School, 



Barrow Hall Primary, Beamont Primary, Brook Acre Primary, Burtonwood Primary, Callands Primary, Chapelford Primary, Dallam Primary, Gorse Covert Primary, Great Sankey Primary, Locking Stumps Primary, Meadowside Primary, Old Hall Primary, Park Road Primary, Penketh South Primary, Winwick CofE Primary.

What does our School Direct programme look like?


School Direct programmes vary from partnership to partnership so it is important that you are aware of the key features of our programme.  These include;


  • Regular Partnership Conferences (on Fridays) in our purpose built conference room are led by Specialist Leaders of Education and practicing teachers. These conferences focus on a full range of professional practice including Behaviour for Learning, SEND & Inclusion and Assessment.

  • Subject knowledge is deepened in both placement schools and during twelve days at the University of Cumbria, Lancaster Campus.

  • Quality support and feedback are crucial to your development as a teacher. You will be assigned your own school-based mentor; outstanding teachers who have been trained in coaching and mentoring skills.  You will usually meet your mentor on the induction day in the summer term and we find this eases concerns about the first day in September.

  • Associate Teachers are fully integrated into the life of the school – currently they are involved in residential trips, extra-curricular activities, attached to a form group and have a lunch & break duty which they do alongside an experienced colleague.

  • Mock interview days will prepare you for employment opportunities – we have an outstanding record of supporting trainees in to employment, often within the Alliance.

  • Enrichment opportunities in Green Lane Special School and transition experience in primary & secondary schools in the partnership will broaden your understanding of education.


The decision about where to place Associate Teachers on placement will be taken by Great Sankey Teaching School Alliance in consultation with all schools involved in the Alliance.  Associate Teachers will be informed of their placement at an induction day prior to the Summer.

Useful Information

Course Dates:

2017/18     4th September 2017 - 20th July 2018

2018/19    3rd September 2018 - 19th July 2019

Course Fees:

There is a charge to students for the PGCE course,

2017/18     £9250 for the PGCE

Depending on your specialist subject, you may be able to apply for a bursary.  You can read more about bursaries and scholarships here.  Please note the information is subject to confirmation and may change.  

Great Sankey High School

Barrow Hall Lane

Warrington, Cheshire  WA5 3AA

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