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Train to Teach

Are you considering a career in teaching?  St Mary’s College is the place to train!  

Our ‘School Direct’ training routes lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with the option of gaining a PGCE from the University of Hull.   We offer primary and secondary teacher training, and both salaried and non-salaried routes.  We are currently recruiting to fill our teacher training places starting in September 2020.    We also offer monthly ‘Open Days’ to help you gain further school experience, and a range of paid internships in Mathematics, Science and English.        

What is School Direct?

‘School Direct’ is a school-centred teacher training programme which leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), with the option of a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education). St Mary’s College has been a lead provider of primary and secondary teacher training in the region for many years and we offer a range of training programmes in Early Years, Primary (5-11), and Secondary subjects (English, Mathematics, Science, Computer Science, Design Technology, History, Geography, Modern Languages, Music, Physical Education, and Religious Education). There are both salaried training programmes and non-salaried options which attract bursary funding.

Entry requirements

Applicants need to have a degree, as well as GCSE Mathematics and English (and GCSE Science for primary teacher training). Further details about the personal skills and qualities that we look for can be found on our website:

Why should I join the School Direct programme?

Rated “outstanding” by Ofsted, St Mary's College has a long and successful record of providing excellent teacher training and support. If you want to be trained by the best teachers in a highly successful, yet friendly, school with a vibrant extra-curricular scene and a large, thriving Sixth Form, then you should join us. Nationally, we are a “Top 100” school for pupil progress, and a DFE Teaching School. St Mary’s is proud to also hold ‘International School’ and ‘World Class’ school status. Locally, St Mary’s College is the lead secondary school for Hull SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) and we work closely with a number of other secondary schools in the city, including The Marvell College, The Boulevard Academy and Kelvin Hall School.

We are also part of St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy Trust, together with the seven Catholic primary schools in Hull, so we are also able to offer both Early Years and General Primary teacher training opportunities.

What can I expect if I join School Direct?

All our trainees are made to feel like members of staff and are included in all aspects of school life. You will receive excellent training and pastoral support and will be part of a high-performing team. You will have a designated mentor who will support you throughout the training year and a full programme of training sessions led by experienced teachers on all aspects of pedagogy and educational issues. Teacher training is demanding and intense, but it is also highly rewarding and fun. You will grow in confidence throughout the training year and gradually take on more teaching, as your skills at lesson planning and delivery develop. St Mary’s College and our partner schools have a strong track record for training excellent teachers and then providing employment opportunities for them. A high proportion of our teaching staff have come through our teaching training programme and many have risen to key positions of responsibility.

Open Days

Would you like to spend a day in St Mary’s College, The Marvell College or a St Cuthbert’s Catholic primary school to gain further school experience in your chosen subject or age phase?   We are pleased to welcome anyone who is considering a career in teaching to visit our schools in order to gain some school experience. Our monthly ‘Open Days’ offer a great opportunity to observe lessons, chat to our students and teachers, and discuss any questions you have about teacher training with one of our SCITT team.   Please use the contact details below to find out more and reserve a place.     

Paid summer internships 

Each summer we offer STEM undergraduates in their penultimate year of study the opportunity to apply for one of our paid internships in Mathematics or Physics.  These internships are aimed at undergraduates who are seriously considering a teaching career and want to gain more hands-on, school-based experience.  Interns are paid £1200 for four weeks in June/July and receive a comprehensive programme of training and support as well as opportunities to work with a range of classes and expert teachers in their chosen field.     We are also currently establishing similar opportunities for internships for undergraduates studying English and wishing to explore the reality of teaching English in secondary school as a career.    Please contact us for more information on any of our internships, and details on how to apply.   

Full academic year internships

Are you looking for a challenging opportunity to develop your skills and make a difference to the lives of young people?  We are seeking enthusiastic, self-motivated graduates to join our lively and well supported team of Sixth Form and Primary school mentors.  Every year St Mary’s College employs recent graduates to work as interns for the full academic year in our primary schools or in our Sixth Form.   These roles are varied, dynamic and exciting and provide an ideal springboard into a range of careers, including teaching.   The internship salary is typically around £14k for 35 hours per week (term time only, plus 5 days). 

As an intern you would be working with individuals and small groups of our young people. If allocated to our College and Sixth Form (for students aged 11-19), this will involve focusing on developing independent learning, personal organisation and scholarship skills, and enabling our students to achieve their full academic potential.   If successful in being awarded an internship to work in one of our Primary academies (for students aged 3-11), you will be supporting our young people in making progress in all of their learning and especially in developing their confidence, especially in literacy and numeracy.  If you have, or are on track for, an excellent degree (minimum 2:1 from a leading university) in a subject broadly relevant to supporting a range of academic disciplines and possess a real desire to make a positive contribution to the education of the next generation, we are keen to hear from you.   Please contact us to register your interest. 

Contact Us

Tel: 01482 808807