Droitwich Spa High School


Why train with us?

Our aim is simple: We wish to continue to raise standards through effective teaching and learning, whilst simultaneously providing the highest quality of Initial teacher training and producing the next generation of outstanding practitioners.

Droitwich Spa High School and Sixth Form Centre has developed a strong commitment to ITT, supporting on average 20 trainees throughout an academic year.  The management of trainees and co-ordination is through the professional mentor and strong working relationships with the partner institutions and mentors within the school.  Mentors are also encouraged to participate in University interviews, to gain an insight into the selection process and also academic requirements providers have for applicants.

Mentoring within the school is seen as an invaluable opportunity for CPD and personal reflection.  Mentoring is a vital role in developing and enthusing the next generation of teachers and as a result the school provides Mentor training for a significant number of the teaching staff.  Following this, the use of the VLE within the school allows all mentors to access key documentation and updates from each provider we work with.  Most of the trainees that leave the school are graded good or better through the work and support of the mentors and school.

Feedback from Current Trainees:

‘we  were made to feel part of the school and departments from day one.  Our fears and anxieties before we arrived were soon put to rest’.

Feedback from current School Direct Trainees.

The support from the subject mentors has been excellent.  I feel part of the department and can’t wait to teach.  The professional studies programme is enlightening and fills me with confidence to work in the classroom with young people’

School Direct Training Programmes:



Science ( Chemistry)

Criteria for selection and what we are looking for:

Interest in and commitment to education and children
To get the most out of this course, you will need to be enthusiastic about working with children, and possess an ability to relate to them. On the course, you will be encouraged to develop good working relationships with teachers and their pupils. The School Direct programme, whilst a training programme, provide a sustained school experience throughout the school year and the opportunity to be fully immersed in the school community.

Oral and written communication
Communication skills are, of course, vital to the teacher’s role and your skills will be developed through teaching and your school experience. Throughout the course, you will have the opportunity to take part in discussions, produce, read and respond to written materials and give presentations. We will assist you in developing your ability to match your language to a wide range of interpersonal needs and professional demands.

Literacy and Numeracy skills.

These are important for all teachers, and this importance is reflected in their prominence in the curriculum. We will help you develop the necessary knowledge and understanding of language and how it works in order to effectively teach literacy. We will also help you to build your understanding of mathematics, so that you can teach numeracy with confidence. You will learn to study fundamental concepts from an advanced viewpoint. In addition, you will have opportunities to develop your existing IT skills and to learn about their application in a range of areas of the school curriculum.

Interpersonal skills

Being a teacher is very much about being a team member  and this is reflected during the course. You will need to work co-operatively on joint projects, work as a member of a team and accept the responsibility of leadership roles. You will have the opportunity to discuss your experiences with a variety of other  trainees.

Selection Criteria

Entry Requirements:


Degree or equivalent
A degree, usually an Honours degree in a subject applicable to your teaching subject. For Maths and Physics the minimum degree entry requirement is third class degree.

Grade C at GCSE (or equivalent) in English Language and Mathematics is essential for all applicants. The University may organise alternative examinations for candidates without these qualifications in certain circumstances.

Pre Entry Skills Tests.

All applicants will need to complete a pre-entry skills test for courses starting from September 2014. Applicants must pass skills tests in literacy and numeracy before commencing the course. You will need to have submitted an application in order to book your test.  Once you have passed your skills test this will not require revalidating until a further 3 years.


The number of resits are limited to two per subject. The first attempt at taking your skills tests in each subject is provided free of charge. You can book up to two resits if required, but you will be expected to pay for these yourself at a cost of £19.25 per test.


We would expect applicants to have booked their skills test prior to being interviewed.

Interview dates:


Contact: Mr Mark Drew

Role: Professional Mentor

Email: Drewmd@droitwichspahigh.worcs.sch.uk.