The Thomas Hardye School
"Knowledge and Truth"

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Thomas Hardye is an outstanding school which is committed to maximising the potential of every young person through inspirational teaching. As a training provider we are committed to the following:

  • Ensuring a comprehensive network of support for trainees
  • Offering high quality training and development sessions
  • Ensuring a rich experience for trainees across the age range with partner schools
  • Developing a culture of reflection and continuous development for sustained learning beyond the first year

We are a Lead School for the Schools Direct Programme. We work in conjunction with the University of Winchester to train suitable candidates for the postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). The University of Winchester are rated as Outstanding by Ofsted for their ITT programmes – further information can be found at:

Places available within the DTSA for 2019/20

The Thomas Hardye School
Art Biology
Chemistry Computer Science
D&T English
Geography History
Maths MFL
Music PE
Physics Theology & Ethics

These placements are all for a secondary route, and are fee-paying. Trainees pay tuition fees of £9250, although bursaries are available depending upon subject and degree class – see link below:

Teaching Bursaries and scholarships

The School Direct Programme

The programme runs from September 2019 until July 2020. You will spend much of the year at your ‘home’ school where your hands-on training will progress alongside your University commitment – this takes the form of online tasks, assignments & modules. During the Spring Term you will be placed in a second school in order to enrich your teaching experience.

You will be assigned a Principle Subject Tutor (PST) who will meet with you on a weekly basis to set targets, review progress. In addition you will work with a Mentor outside of your subject area who will track your progress and investigate wider school issues linked to the Teacher’s Standards. The University will also assign a subject lecturer to support you with the online modules and to track your progress in school. Completion of the course, will lead to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with the opportunity to gain up to 60 Masters Level Credits.

The selection criteria

  • You must have a good degree in the subject (at least 50% of the content) that you have chosen to teach (first or 2:1)
  • You must have at least a C grade in English, Maths and Science at GCSE or equivalent
  • You must have passed all appropriate literacy and numeracy tests (you can apply prior to taking these tests, but any offer of a placement will be subject to passing them).
    Passing the skills tests
  • You must have demonstrated your commitment to working with secondary aged students – this will include relevant work experience (you can apply prior to completing this)

The application process

Applicants who are successful in securing an interview will be informed via UCAS as well as via email from Thomas Hardye School. The process will include:

  • A request to prepare an outline lesson/project plan to present at the formal interview – full details will be included in the ‘offer of an interview’ email
  • A meeting with the department, to include if possible the potential PST. A subject-based ‘discussion’ will take place to explore subject knowledge and suitability to work within the department
  • Formal interview with a panel to include Lead School ITEC. During this interview candidates will be asked to present their outline lesson/project plan.
UCAS - Find teacher training programme

We are looking for graduates with passion, enthusiasm and commitment to join us, whether straight from University or as a career change. In return we offer a bespoke training programme utilising the expertise and experience of local practitioners.

Further information

Information on Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) Courses

Further information about Schools Direct

For an informal chat by telephone or in person please contact:

Laura Cheney

Laura Cheney
Initial Teacher Education Co-Ordinator (ITEC) Thomas Hardye School

Kate Biddle

Kate Biddle
Deputy Initial Teacher Education Co-Ordinator (ITEC) Thomas Hardye School

01305 266064

The application process opens from mid October.

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