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Heckmondwike Grammar School is now accepting School Direct teacher training applications for the 2022-23 academic year.

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An outstanding education system cannot exist without outstanding teachers. Similarly, outstanding teachers can only exist as a result of outstanding training underpinned by high-quality, professional support.

Heckmondwike Grammar School (HGS) is a lead provider of teacher training through the School Direct scheme. We have extensive experience in school-based, initial teacher training (ITT), which allows us to provide a rich programme of study that prepares the next generation of teachers for a fulfilling career in education.

We work with the Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT as an awarding body for qualified teacher status (QTS). Together we work in partnership with the University of Huddersfield to offer trainees the option of a post-graduate certificate in education (PGCE).

Our programme takes place in a supportive and inspirational school environment. Trainees develop the necessary skills to implement effective, purposeful and challenging lessons designed to make a positive impact through classroom teaching and learning.


Why learn to teach through School Direct?

There are several pathways one can choose to become a qualified teacher. We believe our School Direct provision is the most rewarding experience available for aspiring teachers. Our trainees:

  • Learn from high-quality and experienced subject specialists, who mentor them throughout their training.
  • Gain practical classroom experience from day one.
  • Experience the culture of our school as a valued member of staff.
  • Learn how to push high-achieving children to the limits of their ability.
  • Experience working within a diverse and contrasting environment through a second school placement.
  • Engage in a CPD programme composed and delivered by educational thought leaders.
  • Receive expert guidance in applying and interviewing for that first job in teaching.

About School Placements

It’s important that ITT’s gain experience teaching within two contrasting centres to understand the different challenges that each school presents. Throughout the majority of the year, our trainees study at a host school with a six-week second placement at an alternative centre – usually from January to February. Our partner schools are incredibly important to us, and invaluable for your learning experience. We work closely with many great schools within the local area, each offering a unique and diverse experience in contrast to our own.

Our School Direct Vacancies for 2022-23

Heckmondwike Grammar School has teacher training vacancies in the following subjects for the 2022-23 academic year:

  • English (2FJR)
  • Mathematics (3CVM)
  • Modern Foreign Languages (2TSY) (Westborough High School Only)
  • Physics (2TSV)

What are we looking for?

We are looking for ambitious individuals who are excited by the prospect of working with young people. We’re also seek autonomous and highly motivated learners with an inherent desire to teach within their chosen field. Our candidates must demonstrate a passion for their subject and possess first-class communication skills, both oral and written. Other essential qualities include integrity, empathy and a willingness to work hard. Candidates must be driven to contribute to the school’s core values of respect, responsibility and excellence as a minimum requirement.

What to expect from our selection process

Heckmondwike Grammar School co-ordinates the recruitment of new teacher trainees as the lead centre. The interview process takes place throughout the duration of a school day. Successful candidates invited to an interview are typically required to meet the following criteria:

  • Deliver a presentation with a specific focus related to teaching and learning.
  • Engage in an interview with school leaders.
  • Complete a short, written task related to their chosen subject area.
  • Teach a short lesson (approx. 20 minutes) to a small group of secondary school children.

Throughout the day, candidates will have an opportunity to talk to staff and our pupils. Our partners at the Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT and Huddersfield University may also be involved throughout the day and will advise as part of a candidate selection committee.

Entry requirements

  • An Honours degree with a 1stor 2:1 award (although we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching).
  • GCSE Maths and English at grade C or above and GCSE Science for Primary applicants
  • Comprehensive knowledge within your chosen subject area.
  • For those with qualifications awarded from overseas, prospective candidates should visit the NARIC (National Academic Recognition Centre) website to determine whether their qualifications are equivalent to GCSE, A Level or Degree.
  • Clearance in Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS)

How to apply

  • Using the ‘Register & Apply Now’ link below, select the ‘Start now’ button under ‘Find postgraduate teacher training courses’.
  • Select ‘By school, university or other training provider’, and type ‘Heckmondwike’ in the box directly below. Select ‘continue’.
  • Click on the ‘Secondary’ plus symbol listed beneath ‘Select the subjects you want to teach’ heading.
  • Choose the subject you wish to teach. For the 2022 academic year, Heckmondwike Grammar School will offer English, Maths and Physics.
  • If applying for Modern Foreign Languages (French and Spanish), please select the ‘Secondary: Modern Languages’ option using the plus symbol. We have one MFL placement available at our partner school, Westborough High School.
  • Click on the ‘Continue’ button at the bottom of the page.
  • A new page will appear with your selection(s) to provide you with more information about each course.
  • Select the ‘Apply for this course’ button found at the bottom of each course page.

 If you would like to discuss a new and exciting career in teaching, please contact our Early Career Coordinator, Nicky Stokoe; he’ll be happy to help.

Nicky Stokoe
Early Career Coordinator
[email protected]
01924 402202

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