We offer high-quality Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to graduates and career changers joining the teaching profession. As a trainee teacher with us, you will have access to specialist training and the school and classroom experience to equip you with the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to become an excellent teacher.

School Direct Secondary training places are available for 2018-19 in: 

  • Art and Design

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Classics

  • Computing

  • Design & Technology

  • English
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages (French, German, Spanish)
  • Music 
  • Physics
  • Religious Studies 


Why train with us?

Learn from outstanding teachers and school leaders working within our partnership schools.

Our programme is delivered in conjunction with Leeds Trinity University, a highly-respected HEI and provider of Initial Teacher Training.

We can support you during your training year and beyond, ensuring you have a clear career path into teaching and future roles.

Your dedicated Leeds Trinity University professional tutor and experienced subject mentors will ensure you always receive the support you need to succeed.

Our programme allows you to target a career in either the maintained sector or in an independent school - a unique aspect of our Alliance is the diverse nature of our partner schools.

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About our training programmes


Our School Direct secondary programme leads to a PGCE with QTS at Masters Level (Level 7).  The programme is delivered in conjunction with, and accredited by Leeds Trinity University, a highly-respected HEI and provider of Initial Teacher Education.  The course is school-based and runs for a full academic year.

How long is each course?

One academic year, from September to July.

Course structure

We believe the most effective way to experience all aspects of school life is to be based in a school environment, learning to teach alongside expert classroom practitioners, supplemented by practical, knowledge-rich subject and pedagogical training each week. There will be a main placement and a secondary placement at one of our partner schools.

In Phase 1 of the programme trainees focus on acquiring pedagogical knowledge as well as subject application and professional practice.  During this phase, trainees spend time observing lessons and gradually taking on a small teaching timetable of their own.  Two days a week are spent outside the classroom at Ampleforth College, working with the Leeds Trinity University programme leader for professional studies and other experienced teachers from the partner schools.  On these days there are also mentor sessions focusing on pedagogical skills and subject application.

In Phase 2 of the programme the focus will be on applying your pedagogical knowledge and developing your teaching skills and professional practice.  Your teaching timetable will increase to a 50% timetable.  One day a week spent at Ampleforth College.  

By Phase 3, trainees will be teaching between 60 and 75% of the timetable expected of an NQT, so they are fully prepared by the time they complete the course for the demands expected of a qualified teacher.  Traingin at Ampleforth College now occurs one day per fortnight. 


The course is designed so that you can spend the majority of the academic year at one of the schools in our partnership (your 'School A' main placement.  There will also be a second 6-week placement at another of the partner schools ('School B).  Where possible, placements will be arranged to minimise travelling, although trainees should be aware they may need to travel for up to one hour to their placement schools. 

An outline for our course structure for the current academic year can be found here. 

Support for trainees

As part of our comprehensive professional development programme, you will receive specialist mentor support from experienced teachers in your placement schools, and subject knowledge enhancement and professional studies sessions led by a highly-experienced Leeds Trinity University Senior tutor in Initial Teacher Education.  All of the tutor-led study sessions are held at Ampleforth College so you will only need to visit Leeds Trinity University to register at the start of the course and for your graduation day at the end.

Throughout your course you will have access to Leeds Trinity University resources and academic, pastoral and financial support and guidance whenever it is required.  Leeds Trinity will also provide you with remote access to its extensive library of electronic books and academic journals.


The PGCE course fee is £9000.

Applicants for our School Direct programmes may be eligible for scholarships and bursaries.  Further information can be found on the Department for Education website: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview

Please contact us if you require further information about our courses or to arrange a school experience visit.


Some accommodation may be available for trainees on site if one of their placements is at Ampleforth College.  The College also has a range of properties around the campus, in Ampleforth village and other nearby locations which it lets commercially.  Please contact us for advice if you do not know the area.  If you are interested in renting accommodation we can put you in touch with our Property and Estate Manager.

Child Care Facilities

If you have specific child care needs please contact us to discuss them.

Disability Access

We work together with Leeds Trinity University (LTU) to support applications from candidates with disabilities.  Please contact us if you would like to discuss your training needs with the School Direct Manager and/or LTU Support Officer.

Entry requirements

Your academic qualifications

You should have at least a 2ii class Bachelor’s degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution, or equivalent, in the subject you wish to teach.  If you hold a joint degree at least 50% of your degree should relate to the subject you wish to teach.

You should also have at least a grade C in GCSE English and mathematics, or equivalent.

All applicants who accept a place on our School Direct programmes are required to provide original copies of their qualifications so they can be verified by LTU and TSA admissions staff.

We expect you to have a secure subject knowledge in the subject you wish to teach.  Your subject knowledge will be assessed at all stages in the selection process (see ‘How we select our trainees’).

Professional Skills Tests

All applicants for teacher training courses must pass the Professional Skills Tests in both literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme.  Please go to our website or the Department for Education website for further details: https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/how-to-apply/passing-the-skills-tests

Other entry requirements

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and criminal records checks are undertaken for all applicants who accept a place on one of our School Direct courses.

Teaching can be a physically and mentally demanding profession.  All applicants who accept a place our School Direct programmes will be required to complete a health declaration form so we can assess whether they have the health and physical capacity to teach.

Finally, we will ask applicants for the names of two people who can provide a confidential reference outlining their skills and suitability to teach.

What we are looking for?

Ampleforth College and our partner schools are looking to recruit and train high quality graduates with a passion for teaching who are sympathetic to the Roman Catholic faith. We particularly welcome applications from practising Catholics. Our priority is to recruit trainee teachers who share our vision and values, having the potential and the motivation to become outstanding teachers.  Applicants must be hard working, reliable and able to cope in a challenging school environment.

We believe trainees should have a good sense of humour and be resilient and self-motivating. Trainees will be passionate about the subject they will teach and have shown a commitment to working with young people prior to applying for the programme.  In return we can offer a wealth of opportunities for professional development in a supportive working environment that will allow you to be creative and enhance your skills and expertise.

What do our pupils expect?

Our pupils want teachers who are approachable, respectful, patient, hard-working and act as good role models.  You should be able to explain ideas about your subject clearly to pupils, whatever their ability. 

School experience

Applicants are recommended to undertake (or may have already undertaken) some school experience prior to the start of the course.  The experience of working with children in an educational setting will give you a clearer insight into the school learning environment and new teaching methods. You should take every opportunity to observe the teaching skills of experienced practitioners.

How we select our trainees

Applications are made through UCAS.  It is essential that you select the correct course code so please get in touch with us if you need any support with this process.

Processing your application

When you submit your application through UCAS it goes first to our training provider - Leeds Trinity University.

Your application is then sent to Ampleforth College and our partner schools for consideration.  Candidates are then shortlisted and invited for an interview at one of the schools in the partnership.


Your interview day comprises:

1. Some written tasks

2. A small-group teaching task

3. An individual interview, in which we will explore: your potential and suitability for the programme; your subject and curriculum knowledge; your understanding of the role of a teacher and of secondary education; and your motivation for choosing a teaching career.

Visiting Ampleforth College and partner schools

You are welcome to visit Ampleforth College (the base for the training element of the course) and other partnership schools. This will allow you to see our facilities and meet some of the staff who you will be working with during your ITT year. We can also arrange school experience visits for applicants.

Further information about the interview process can be found here: www.leedstrinity.ac.uk/courses/institute-of-childhood-and-education/interviews