School Direct Programme
Castle Consortium School Direct
Castle Consortium is a group of schools in South Gloucestershire, close to the city of Bristol. We include The Castle School in Thornbury, Downend School in Bristol, Marlwood School in Alveston and Chipping Sodbury School in Chipping Sodbury.
Castle Consortium is working with the University of Bristol in running a new model of Teacher Training: this will be delivered under the 'School Direct' programme. This programme blends the best of school-based teacher training with training support from the University of Bristol, long time 'Outstanding' (Ofsted) providers in the field of initial teacher training. Students on this programme will be awarded PGCE and QTS at the end of the training year, with the possibility of being employed by one of four schools (The Castle, Downend, Chipping Sodbury or Marlwood) the following year.
In particular, a placement with the Castle Consortium will involve you in
- guaranteed training at one of our highly successful and fully comprehensive schools, with immersion in classes aged 11 to 18
- the second placement in a suburban/rural linked school
- the opportunity of an arranged placement at a linked primary school
- full student status at the University of Bristol which in turn gives access to facilities, full access to the 10 libraries including the Education library located in the Graduate School of Education and all the on-line services, University e-mail, access to on-Line Learning Environments, University Union, access to the University Centre for Sport, Exercise and Health, student Societies and many more.
- a wide range of educational experiences: high academic success, expertise in SEND, a vast range of musical and sporting extra-curricular opportunities and more.
- a guaranteed job interview, provided we have a vacancy within our consortium and you are on track to complete the programme successfully
We have unsalaried places for September 2016 in Maths, English, Chemistry, Physics, MFL (French with German), Music, RE, Geographyand History. You can find more information on our courses on the UCAS website.
Information on our partner schools can be found on their own websites:
Chipping Sodbury School: http://www.chippingsodburyschool.com/
Downend School: http://www.downend.com/
Marlwood School: http://www.marlwood.com/
The Castle School is a large, highly successful and high achieving comprehensive school in a rural location just north of Bristol. It is an Academy, a specialist art school and a specialist cognitive and learning school.
At The Castle School our fundamental commitment is to offer ‘achievement for all' to each and every one of the 1650 students who enter our doors. Our business is to improve the life chances of our students, and our lever is the strength of our teaching team. We employ approximately 150 teachers and learning staff who are dedicated to our thriving school. You can get a feeling for our school by looking at the first page of our prospectus.
Students attending The Castle School come from 40 different primary school. For students who attend the Castle School, the Sixth From of 350 students offers high academic success, with 92% of those who want to, gaining a place at University. We are also known for our significant sporting prowess, and we challenge students to find an instrument we cannot offer them opportunities to learn! As well as academic excellence, The Castle School is particularly proud of its extensive Learning Support Department, where we employ 32 LSAs and attract a wide range of students experiencing a diverse range of learning opportunities.
For almost two decades, we have been consistently rated by Ofsted as outstanding /good. Our belief that our students have the right to an outstanding education links closely to our belief that by offering excellent professional education for ITT and NQTs, and inspiring opportunities for the professional development of our staff, they can all become outstanding practitioners. Continuing Professional Development (CPD) is central to our ethos, and a particular strength of the school, which has been complimented in our external inspections. We have a strong tradition and extensive experience in training Initial Teacher Training students from Bath University, UWE, Marjons (Plymouth), Open University and the University of Bristol. Our Deputy Head and our SEND team contribute to the University of Bristol’s PGCE programme.
School Experience Days
Our school experience day aims to provide you with an opportunity to observe some lessons, discuss what you’ve seen and find out more about School Direct and Castle Consortium. There is a small charge of £25 . Dates currently available, for the subjects we offer, are:
23 November at the Castle School 5 December at Chipping Sodbury School
24 January at Downend School 3 February at Marlwood School
More information will be available on our website shortly: http://thecastleschool.org.uk/school-direct-programme
To apply for one of these days please email: email@example.com