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Train to Teach

Thinking of Primary Teaching?

Train with Us on our dynamic school-based PGCE and Early Years programme.

We are currently recruiting for 2021 - 2022 Primary placements.

If you would like to discuss routes into teaching and how you can train with the support of an outstanding school, you can email Derval Carey-Jenkins or Sarah Marsh. Alternatively, you can call 01527 570258 for further details.

Do you want to train with the support of an outstanding school?


We are based at the lead school for the MAT.


St John's C of E Middle School is a fantastic place to train to become an outstanding teacher. It is an excellent school that offers the children a warm, vibrant, lively, and safe learning environment where they can grow into confident young people, having developed their full potential during the four years at our school.

Our staff are committed to offering the children every opportunity to enable them to develop both academically and socially. The plethora of enrichment and after-school activities and clubs is a testament to this commitment. Academically, our school achieves excellent results in terms of both progress and attainment. This was validated by Ofsted in March 2012 when the school received a judgement of outstanding in all categories.

Over the last decade, St John's C of E Middle School has been deeply committed to providing teacher training opportunities and locally were one of the first middle schools to offer the primary School Direct graduate training programme. Our teacher training provision has gone from strength to strength and we continue to be passionate about training the next generation of teachers.

Additionally, St John's was awarded an outstanding in all categories in our June 2017 Siams inspection.

“Your feedback and support throughout this year has genuinely made me the best teacher I could be. I can’t thank you enough.”

School Direct trainee


Why train with us?

Guaranteed Career Development as a Newly Qualified Teacher and Early Career Professional.

St John's Middle School works in partnership with South Bromsgrove Teaching School, who acts as the Lead School, to offer a fantastic place to train and learn to become an outstanding Primary School teacher. We also work with many other partner schools across Worcestershire, Warwickshire and Birmingham and are therefore able to offer the most appropriate placement schools to our trainees. 

We provide a Primary school-based learning opportunity in partnership with The University of Worcester, a superb training provider. The School Direct route puts the school at the heart of the process. It provides a sustained school experience throughout the year, allowing successful applicants to be fully immersed in the school community. We work in partnership with excellent local alliance First and Middle Schools, which offer a unique range of expertise and experience. These placements are for trainees wishing to focus on the age range 3-7 and 5-11.

Many of our School Direct Trainees are offered an Early Careers Teacher post across our partnership schools. Furthermore, we ensure you receive a comprehensive Early Career Teacher training programme. 


This School Direct route allows you to achieve QTS and a PGCE qualification with credits towards Masters Accreditation.

Entry Requirements

We are looking to select trainees with outstanding potential and a commitment and enthusiasm for working with children.
The academic requirements set out by the Teaching Agency are;

  • A minimum grade 'C' or equivalent in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science
  • An honours degree (2:2 or above)
  • Successful completion of skills tests in Literacy and Numeracy (see below)
  • Evidence of recent school experience in a teaching setting.

All successful candidates are strongly recommended to undertake some school experience before starting the course. Experience of working with young people in an educational setting would be an advantage, although this does not need to be paid work and may be in a voluntary capacity.

For more information

For further information on the School Direct programme at St John's C of E Middle School, please contact

Derval Carey-Jenkins and Sarah Marsh
email: or
tel: 01527 570258

“I have loved every minute of my time at St John’s and your amazing staff have taught me so much and I can’t wait to put it to use.”

University trainee