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Do you want to become a Primary School Teacher?


Our school is part of a successful local partnership providing School Centred Initial Teacher Training.  To find out more, arrange an informal chat with Jon Turner (Deputy Headteacher and ITTCo).


Astra Alliance


The Astra Alliance, based at Dr Challoners Grammar School, is an OFSTED outstanding rated School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider, working with the Institute of Education for QTS and PGCE qualifications by providing high quality training placements. During the training year, all trainees will have the opportunity to spend time in at least one other of our partnership schools to ensure a contrasting and comprehensive experience. The Alliance has considerable experience of training teachers, with an outstanding pass and employment rate, and recognises and values the enthusiastic contribution that they make to our school communities. Staff at the training schools will share their knowledge and good practice to ensure that trainees are well supported to develop into good and outstanding teachers. Astra offer Primary General and Primary with Maths courses.

The programme is structured to allow trainees to develop the skills required to teach the subject that they are training in and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to practice in their setting. Expressions of interest can be registered with More information about SCITT/School Direct teaching routes can be found at: