Train with us

Heckmondwike Grammar School is a lead school for the School Direct scheme. As a former TDA Training School, we have extensive experience of school based initial teacher training.

Applying for our School Direct places during COVID-19

We are following all guidelines from the Government during this difficult time. You can still apply to train to teach with us as normal through UCAS. Our interviews will be carried out online. For any questions about our process please email 

School Direct Places for 2020-21

Art, Computing, Design Technology, Drama, English, History, Mathematics,  Music, PE, Physics.

We work with Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT as our accrediting provider for QTS.  Together we work as a partnership with the University of Huddersfield to also offer the option of PGCE.

About the programme

You will be trained in a supportive and inspirational environment that will prepare you to deliver outstanding lessons where pupils make exceptional progress. You will learn the skills to deliver creative, purposeful and challenging lessons. Your training will be delivered by expert teachers in the school and will be enhanced by attendance at the Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT and Huddersfield University.

Why train with us?

Heckmondwike Grammar School is a mixed, selective Academy of over 1500 pupils including 600 in the sixth form. It is a fantastic place to work and learn. A school should be judged not only on its examination results or its facilities but also on the fitness of its pupils to succeed in later life. We think we serve our pupils well. More importantly so do others, including Ofsted, who judged the school to be outstanding on their last visit, and the various national newspapers who regularly include us in their lists of the most high-performing schools.

HGS is a school in which pupils feel happy and safe and are challenged and supported to achieve the highest possible academic standards. They are encouraged to participate and excel in a wide range of creative, sporting and cultural fields. They develop the skills and qualities that will make them healthy, adaptable, responsible citizens of the future, and enable them to make a profound contribution.

A former training school, HGS has a long and distinguished track record of training teachers and working with HEI providers, and we recognise the benefits that trainees can offer to a school.  We provide a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with the Kirklees and Calderdale SCITT in conjunction with Huddersfield University. Our teachers are outstanding practitioners ready to share their knowledge and expertise with the next generation of teachers.

Your placement

Our partner schools we currently work with for school direct are Westborough high School, Moor End Academy, Spen Valley High School, St John Fisher Catholic Voluntary Academy adn St Wilfrids Catholic High School School & Sixth Form College.

Our standard format is to have a main school placement for the whole year and a second placement of 6 weeks at an alternative school.  We do sometimes offer a different structure for some trainees.

For Secondary places, all trainees will have a placement at Heckmondwike Grammar (main or second placement or a bespoke placement depending on your needs and skills) where you will have access to high achieving learners including post 16.

You will be assigned a mentor from your subject area and also a Tutor from the SCITT. Your mentor will be trained to observe you effectively in the classroom and give you rich developmental feedback on your teaching.

You will also have meetings with the ITT co-ordinator on a regular basis. From the beginning you will be treated as any other member of staff and will attend staff meetings, INSET days and parents evenings. You will be in school from the first day of the school year so you will feel part of the team from day one.

You will have the opportunity to study for a Post Graduate Certificate of Education, which carries 60 Masters’ level credits and will aid you in a seamless transition from initial to continuing professional development.  This may incur additional expense.

Entry requirements

  • You should be an Honours graduate, preferably with a 1st or 2:1, 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
  • Clearance in DBS
  • You should be able to demonstrate strong subject knowledge. If the degree held does not link closely, the applicant should explore undertaking a subject enhancement course before training.
  • If qualifications have not been acquired in the UK, prospective candidates should visit the NARIC (National Academic Recognition Centre) website to determine whether their qualifications are equivalent to GCSE, A Level or Degree.

What we are looking for?

We are looking for ambitious trainee teachers who are excited by the prospect of working with young people and show a strong desire to help them to learn about and understand their subject.  You will be passionate about your subject and have first class communication skills both oral and written, patience, empathy and a willingness to work hard. A sense of humour is essential, as is the need to be positive and optimistic.

How we select

HGS is the lead school and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process. This will involve a full day spent at the school and will include making a presentation and answering questions; you will be told in advance about the content of the presentation, an interview with school staff and some short written tests regarding subject knowledge in your chosen subject. Throughout the day you will have an opportunity to talk to some staff and pupils. Our partners the Kirklees & Calderdale SCITT and Huddersfield University will be involved throughout the day and will have an equal say in the selection.

The process is rigorous and thorough, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available.

How to apply