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Initial Teacher Training at Thorndown Primary School

From September 2020, Thorndown Primary School is becoming a Lead School for School Direct Teaching training. In partnership with the University of Bedfordshire, we are able to offer a PGCE with QTS based in primary schools in St Ives and Huntingdonshire. This alliance of a variety of school enables us to offer a variety of placement contexts and provide a truly rounded teacher training experience.

What is Schools Direct?

With the University of Bedfordshire, we offer a self-funded School Direct route into teaching. The course results in QTS status. You will train in a St Ives or Huntingdon school four days a week, learning “on the job” and then spend every Friday at the University of Bedfordshire Campus in Bedford.

You will get to know your class and school very well and your teaching workload will build up gradually, meaning you will not be teaching a class until you are ready. You will spend your first term in one school and then the next two terms in your main host school. This will ensure you gain a breath of experience.

How do I apply?

Applications are made via UCAS Course code 2LV

What happens to my application?

All applications are processed by the University of Bedfordshire/ Thorndown Primary School who will shortlist and invite candidates to interview if their application is successful and meets the University criteria. If an applicant is accepted, they will then be allocated to a school in our alliance or in Huntingdonshire that has requested a trainee, in line with their year group or key stage requirements. We are always willing to work with any school, especially if they are keen to host a particular applicant.

What do I need to do before I am able to apply?

Applicants need to have Maths, English and Science at GCSE level before they start the course as well as an undergraduate degree (2:2 or above). Experience, although not necessary, is strongly recommended as the better prepared you are the more likely you are to be selected and succeed.

Come and meet us

We hold several opportunities to meet the Schools Direct team. We hold open evenings and open mornings throughout the year. However for any enquires please contact the school office at and speak to Vicci Godbold 01480 375103