School Direct Programme


Would you like to train ‘on the job’ in a large and popular secondary school, in partnership with Warwick University?

Come to Coundon Court as a School Direct Trainee and you will be fully immersed in the life of a school from day one. You will have the opportunity to teach across Key Stages 3 and 4, and possibly Key Stage 5, depending on your previous experience.

We are currently recruiting for our 2018-19 academic year places and looking for suitably qualified graduates in the following subject areas:

  • English • Maths
  • Geography
  • History
  • Science - Physics preferred
  • MFL - Spanish

You could be eligible for a training bursary as a non-salaried trainee:

  • Physics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography and MFL – up to £26,000
  • Mathematics – up to £20,000
  • English – up to £15,000
  • History – up to £9,000

School Direct (Tuition Fee)

These places are open to graduates, if accepted onto the course you would pay the university tuition fees although you could be eligible for the bursaries already mentioned. The amount of bursary or scholarship will depend on the subject that you wish to teach and degree classification you hold.

To check how much you might be eligible for follow this link Bursaries and funding - DfE Get Into Teaching

Coundon Court is committed to recruiting and training enthusiastic individuals who are passionate about becoming outstanding teachers. We have had years of experience training the next generation of teachers with many remaining at the school into their NQT year and beyond.

Our SD trainee outcomes for 2016-17 were excellent, with 50% achieving the ‘Outstanding’ grade in their final assessment. In addition, all of our NQTs (Newly Qualified Teachers) passed their induction year with us and are now embarking on a rewarding career in teaching.

Coundon Court is part of The Griffin Teaching School Alliance and the Southam Alliance. However, you will spend all of your training year at Coundon Court, with a short 6 week placement in a complimentary school to gain valuable experience of different teaching environments.

Our aim is to develop teachers that:

  • Are resilient and self-reflective
  • Are committed to an ‘open classroom’ ethos where best practice is developed through observing, collaboration and a commitment to ongoing professional development
  • Have a strong understanding of outstanding teaching and learning
  • Demonstrate a passion for their subject and working with young people
  • Exhibit professionalism in the workplace allowing reasoned judgement to be made in varying situations

Entry Requirements

Before you apply, please check you have the following:

  • Minimum of a second class (2:2) honours degree in the subject you wish to teach or that is relevant to your chosen subject.
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English Language and Mathematics (or equivalent).
  • Some experience in mainstream schools at Key Stage 3, 4 and possibly 5, preferably 10 days or more, but ideally try to gain as much experience in school as possible.

Before starting your course you must also:

  • Pass the Professional Skills Tests in numeracy and literacy. You will need to book a place at a test centre and take these as soon as you can after applying. These are required in addition to any tests carried out at interview. See more information about the Professional Skills Tests here,
  • Pass an occupational health check and a criminal records (DBS) check.

How Do I Apply?

The application window is now open and must be made online through the UCAS website

UCAS Registration

  • To register with UCAS you will be required to submit your name, address and date of birth.
  • You will need a username – which is your email address – and you create a password.
  • UCAS will then provide you with a personal ID.
  • You will need to accept the UCAS terms and conditions.

The UCAS website has lots of useful information to help you with your application. 

Your Application

We recommend including the following in your application:

  • Any teaching experience or general experience in schools
  • Other work with young people
  • The skills and abilities you can bring to teaching
  • Why you want to become a teacher
  • Details about your subject knowledge

What Happens Once I Have Applied?

Applications are processed initially by Lawrence Sheriff School or Southam College and Warwick University.

You are notified of decisions via UCAS, so please check this regularly.

You will be contacted by email to be invited for interview at Coundon Court where the interview process will take place.

The Interview Process

Typically the selection process will last half a day, during which you will attend an interview, conduct a short teaching task and sit a short Literacy test. In addition you will meet members of the department or school team you will be working with and have a tour the school.

If you are successful at interview, you will be informed by UCAS and the lead school.

Further Information

If you would like to contact us or arrange an informal conversation about our School Direct programme please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.