"An outstanding Girls' Grammar School with a Mixed Sixth Form"


Are you a good graduate?  

Would you like to train as a teacher?


Any questions?

Contact Assistant Headteacher, Mrs J Abram on jill.abram@spaldinghigh.lincs.sch.uk



What is School Direct?

The new School Direct Scheme allows you to apply to train with specific school associations. Spalding High School uses The Deepings SCITT as our training provider. The majority of your training will take place at Spalding High School with a second 6 week placement elsewhere. Your course begins in your host school from the September training day 2016 and will see you training one day a week at the Deepings and then four days a week on the job in your host school developing your practice, playing a full part in the life of the school and attending training from school-based staff.

Full PGCE qualification is available as well as your Qualified Teacher Status, with credits towards a Masters qualification without going away to university. This year saw us recruit 8 trainees across a range of subjects.

Unlike university routes, upon successful completion of your training year, should a job be available in your subject, we guarantee you an interview.

You will be guaranteed a high level of support – all of our mentors are fully trained specifically for this course. You will have a detailed individual week-by-week training plan set out for you from day 1, so you will always know what’s coming and how it fits into the bigger picture

What are the criteria for application?

We are seeking high quality applicants, ideally with a 2-1 honours degree or higher although we would consider a 2-2 for the right candidate. You need to have passed (or at least booked) your skills tests in literacy and numeracy and have spent a minimum of 10 days’ work experience in a school appropriate to your application too. More details on the qualifications needed can be found on the following website:


You also need to choose your route:

The School Direct Training Programme (fee-paying), is open to all graduates and funded by tuition fees paid by the trainee, who may receive a bursary from the DfE.   If you are coming straight from university, this is the alternative to a university PGCE.

The School Direct Training Programme (salaried), is an employment-based route into teaching for high quality graduates with three or more years’ career experience. You would be employed as an unqualified teacher by a school as the DfE provides funding, which the school can use to subsidise your salary and/or training. For the salaried route, all candidates are paid by their host school on at least the UQ scale point 1 for the duration of their training year. Evidently this is a very competitive arena with fewer opportunities.

Candidates apply through the UCAS process.