School Direct 2019-20

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train with us:
St Mary’s College

Register your details with us to find out more about our programmes and to join our mailing list:   

Tel: 01482 808807

St Mary’s College

  • Rated outstanding by Ofsted
  • Ranked in the top 100 state schools nationally for pupil progress
  • Designated with Teaching School, National Support School, International School and World Class school status. 

St Mary’s College is pleased to announce that we are building on the success of our long experience of teacher training to offer more primary and secondary ‘School Direct’ places for 2019-20. Our courses are 100% school-based and lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option of Masters-level PGCE.

St Mary’s College has a long and successful record of providing outstanding teacher training and support. We have been involved with ‘School Direct’ training since its launch in 2012 and all of our trainees from previous cohorts have been successful at finding employment in schools in the region and many are now working as teachers at St Mary’s College or in our partner schools.

Search for our training vacancies

We would urge all prospective applicants for our training places to register your details with us and visit our schools to gain valuable experience to strengthen your application:  call 01482 808807 or email Kerry on

You can search through the training programmes we are offering on the Department for Education’s ‘Find Postgraduate Teacher Training’ website (click this link)- you can use the choices on the left hand side panel to refine your search.

Further details on how to apply can be found further down this page, and on this website’s Training Vacancies page.

Funding available

View latest government information about bursaries and funding for School Direct here – Government bursaries worth up to £30k are available to support trainees in some subjects.  The amount of funding available changes each year according to national recruitment requirements and priorities so make sure that you are looking at the right figures!

Open Days

Would you like to spend a day in St Mary’s College, The Marvell College or a Catholic primary school to gain an insight into the reality of the school day and observe some lessons in your chosen subject area/age phase?

We are pleased to welcome anyone who is considering a career in teaching to visit our schools in order to gain some school experience. Please ring Kerry Kirby at St Mary’s College directly (Tel 01482 808807) or email to reserve a place on one of these open days – see below for details of dates and times.  Numbers are limited for each open day and it will not always be possible to accommodate all requests to come in.

  • Please book in to reserve a place (see above)
  • Smart professional dress should be worn
  • Please bring a packed lunch
  • Be aware that you will have to be accompanied at all times in school and wear a visitor’s badge and lanyard for safeguarding reasons.

Open Days for St Mary’s College 2018-19 (Secondary):sm6
Fri 21st September
Thurs 11th October
Mon 22nd October
Fri 9th November
Tues 20th Nov
Mon 3rd December
Tues 22nd Jan
Thurs 28th Feb
Mon 18th March
Thurs 25th April
Tues 14th May
Thurs 13th June

Open days for The Marvell College 2018-19(Secondary):

Thurs 20th September
Fri 12th October
Thurs 8th November
Mon 19th Nov
Tues 4th December
Wed 23rd Jan
Wed 27th Feb
Tues 19th March
Wed 24th April

Open days for St Cuthbert’s Primary Schools 2018 (for Early Years and Primary):

Thurs 27th Sept
Weds 24th Oct
Wed 21st Nov
Thurs 6th Dec
Thurs 17th Jan
Weds 13th Feb
Weds 13th Mar
Fri 26th April
Weds 8th May
Thurs 13th June.

Our Secondary Teacher Training programmes

Our secondary School Direct programme:

  • Leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option of gaining Masters-level PGCE from the University of Hull.
  • Runs for the full academic year (September 2019 – July 2020) so that you feel like a true member of the school staff and students treat you as such.
  • Guarantees you will train in high-achieving and successful schools .
    St Mary’s College is one of the top 100 performing comprehensive schools in England and Ofsted rates our educational provision as outstanding.  The Marvell College is a new academy and formal partner school of St Mary’s College.  It offers its students an outstanding curriculum and enrichment opportunities.  schooldirecttutorialKelvin Hall is also judged an outstanding school and has been awarded ‘Teaching School’ status in recognition of its support for teacher development.   Therefore on school placements you are guaranteed to be working alongside excellent classroom teachers, curriculum and pastoral leaders and learning from the best practice.
  • Provides a supportive and caring environment in which to train – St Mary’s College, The Marvell College and Kelvin Hall all have a strong caring and compassionate ethos that permeates all they do. St Mary’s College is a Catholic school and, whilst we welcome applications from people with any faith background (or none), you will notice that the atmosphere of tolerance, respect, forgiveness and reconciliation provides both staff and students with the ideal conditions for personal, academic and professional development.
  • Provides you with specialist training and support – As part of your training, you will receive high quality mentoring,  a comprehensive professional studies programme, subject knowledge enhancement, and university-led tuition to support your PGCE assignments.
  • Offers varied school experience – As well as your two main placements, we also arrange visits to a Primary school, Special School and Free School as part of your programme to enable you to gain further experience of the education sector, as well as ensuring Post-16 experience for secondary trainees.
  • Provides you with TEEP training as part of your course – TEEP (Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme) is a specialist 3 day teacher training package that has gained recognition nationally for helping teachers deliver good and outstanding lessons. For more information,
  • Offers access to excellent facilities – St Mary’s College, The Marvell College and Kelvin Hall have all benefited from multi-million pound investment thanks to the Building Schools for the Future programme.  Our schools have state-of-the-art facilities which provide students and staff with a very pleasant learning and working environment and access to the latest technology in all curriculum areas.

St Mary’s College

StMarysCollege2St Mary’s College is a Teaching School and National Support School that is judged to be an Outstanding School by Ofsted and tops national league tables for its examination results and support for pupil progress. The college has a well developed Initial Teacher Training programme run by highly experienced classroom teachers and subject leaders. You will receive high quality training, mentoring and coaching and be well supported throughout your training year and in return we are looking for outstanding trainees with enthusiasm and a real desire to teach and excel in their subject area.

We hold monthly Open Days (see above for dates) when potential ITT applicants are welcome to spend a day visiting the school. For more information on these, and to reserve a place, please contact Kerry Buck on 01482 808807.

For more information, please visit:

The Marvell College

themarvellcollegeThe Marvell College is a new academy founded on the belief that its students can achieve amazing things with the right support and encouragement.   The teachers at the college are all high-motivated professionals who work hard to ensure that the students benefit from high quality pastoral care, and make rapid progress thanks to strong teaching.    The formal partnership with St Mary’s College has ensured that successful strategies and systems are shared and that many staff have trained and worked across both schools.   This helps us to provide trainee teachers with real consistency of experience and expectations as they move between placements during their training year.

For more information, please visit:

Course Requirements

Successful applicants need to hold a degree from a UK Higher Education institution or equivalent and have GCSE grade C / grade 4 in English and Mathematics (and a GCSE Science subject too for Primary places).  Hull SCITT does offer GCSE equivalency tests if you are missing one of these qualifications.  Please contact us for more details.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) website to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

The School Direct Training Programme focuses on developing teaching skills. You should have a strong understanding of the subject you wish to teach before you start training. If your degree subject does not link closely to your chosen teaching subject, it is recommended that you undertake a subject knowledge enhancement course before you begin training

In addition, all candidates applying for initial teacher training (ITT) courses are required to have passed the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training.

There is also a School Direct (salaried) route which is aimed at career changers who wish to enter the teaching profession. Therefore, in addition to the requirements outlined above, applicants for our School Direct (salaried) places need to have worked for a minimum of 2-3 years since graduating. This does not need to have been in an educational setting; we value entrants to the teaching profession from all walks of life.

To find out more about the government’s School Direct programme and bursary funding please refer to: . Please read this government advice carefully since not all subjects are eligible for the same level of bursary funding and some subjects do not attract bursary funding at all.

Once we receive your application, we will contact you asking for further information and for photocopies of your academic qualifications.  You will also be invited to take our internal literacy and numeracy audit.


Testimonials from former School Direct trainees

Vicky Pawson [Former Biology salaried School Direct, now teacher of Science at St Mary’s College]

Having previously visited St Mary’s College on a School Experience Open Day, the opportunity to train onsite and gain real school experience through a School Direct placement compared to a university-led route was a clear choice for me.

Building on my previous skills and experience in delivery, I embarked on a salaried trainee placement, enabling me to integrate fully with the staff and children from day one. Not once did I feel like a trainee, accepted and made to feel welcome and valued by adults and children alike.

I was given ample opportunity to develop my skills through high quality training and professional development sessions and numerous interactions with staff.  No question was too stupid to ask and no staff member too busy to help.

My second school placement afforded me the opportunity to apply my skills and techniques in a new setting and despite presenting new challenges, moulded me into a fully rounded practitioner, able to adapt to changing circumstances and surroundings. It really was a fantastic and thoroughly beneficial experience.

Karl Blaza [Former History School Direct, now Head of Humanities]

I was first attracted to the School Direct by the combination of work-based training and the PGCE course. It was important to me to work in one school full-time from the start of term so the pupils would see me as being another member of staff rather than a ‘trainee’ or ‘visitor.’ There are obvious benefits of this in the classroom, as you have the respect of pupils and can build up a positive relationship with your classes from day one. However, the PGCE aspect of the course has also proven immensely useful giving me a theoretical background to teaching which I can then begin to apply in the classroom.

St Mary’s College is a fantastic place to train. I always feel that the teachers have time for me to discuss and share ideas and just offer general guidance. I have had the benefit of a very experienced mentor who has offered me guidance at every step. On the School Direct route you feel like a member of a team, not an outsider. For example, already this year I have had the opportunity to go on school trips, attend social events and play football with other staff.

Working full time in a school you really notice yourself improving each week, and this is largely down to the excellent training you receive from the first day. The school also puts on weekly Professional Development sessions to continue to improve your skills as a teacher. Everything about the programme is designed to make you the best teacher you can be.

To someone considering applying for School Direct, I would definitely say to go for it. You will need to be prepared to put in hard work and long hours, which is a shock at first. However, when you teach a lesson and see the pupils working hard and enjoying themselves it is worth the effort!


Hannah Roberts [former English School Direct, now English teacher at St Mary’s College]

Joining the School Direct programme has been the best thing I have ever done – despite it being the hardest I’ve ever worked. Being able to train full time in a school has been absolutely fundamental to my understanding of what it really means to be a teacher. I finally feel like I have a job which is going to make a difference, some way, somehow. The course definitely isn’t for the faint of heart, but the rewards make it so gratifying when you look over what you have achieved.  I feel incredibly lucky to have been accepted onto the course here at St Mary’s College where both the kids and the staff make you feel right at home from day one. You never worry about going into someone’s office to ask a question (and there are plenty of those!) and you’re always given advice and suggestions that will help your work and development.


Harriet Jordan [Former P.E. School Direct, now KS4 coordinator for PE at St Mary’s College]

The benefits of the School Direct route include real school experience, high quality training, a second school placement, forming a rapport with the pupils due to working full time in school, providing consistency for you as a trainee, and working as part of a team or department. The environment here is friendly, vibrant, fast-paced and comfortable.

Professional development sessions are run every Wednesday to aid professional studies and the support provided here is enormous.  I feel I have progressed very well and can only put this down to the support and training St Mary’s have offered.

My advice for someone considering embarking on the School Direct training programme would be to grasp it with both hands. I can completely empathise with those that may be feeling unsure or worried. However, I am confident that this programme will only strengthen their desire to teach. I feel very privileged to be here.

Teach Hull and Humber

TTTlogosmallSt Mary’s College School Direct Partnership is proud to be part of a local network of teacher training providers who are working to recruit and train the next generation of primary and secondary teachers for our region.  Read about our work on our network website:



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