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Initial Teacher Training

At St Peter's we know that a great school is reliant on fantastic staff. We have worked hard with a wide range of providers and potential teachers to offer a robust and supportive entry to a wonderful and very rewarding profession.

St Peter's is proud to be a partner school with a wide range of training providers including The Cambridge Partnership, Cambridgeshire Schools Teaching Network, Cambridge University and Bedford University which offers a variety of different routes and training for aspiring teachers across the area. We are keen supporters and advocates of the School Experience Program and regularly welcome potential new teachers into our school to gain their first experience of life as a teacher.

The providers we work with offer a range of School Direct Salaried and Unsalaried (or Bursaried) routes or University based PGCE courses. Information on all of these is below.

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a suite of teacher training courses that run in schools for the equivalent of one academic year. You work as part of the teaching team from the start of term in September learning from experienced, motivated and inspiring staff and immediately putting your new skills into practice.

More information about School Direct and other routes into teaching can be found on the DfE website here:

At St Peter’s we work with a range of training partners to deliver Salaried School Direct Placements in a range of subjects and Non Salaried school direct placements.

Salaried Placements

In the last eight years we have had developed the number of salaried School Direct trainees at St Peter’s. We are looking to build on this success for the new academic year. St Peter’s School is delighted to be able to offer salaried training course in a range of subjects for September. St Peter’s is working with the Cambridge Partnership and the Cambridgeshire Teaching Schools Network to offer a wide range of subjects sharing skills and expertise across schools in Cambridgeshire.

For the latest information about the placements available please visit the training providers directly:

If you are interested in finding out more about these placements please contact Mike Gregory

To apply visit the Apply for Teaching website here: htt


Unsalaried placements

St Peter's will also be offering a wide range of unsalaried training placements. We understand that for some candidates, where we offer salaried routes, that a bursary may be a more appealing option.

For the latest information about the placements available please visit the training providers directly:

If you are interested in finding out more about these placements please contact Mike Gregory

To apply visit the Apply for Teaching website here: htt


Cambridge Partnership 

"At The Cambridge Partnership (TCP), we work closely with our partnership schools to provide a comprehensive programme – combining the latest research-based theories and in-school experience – for trainees who wish to teach in secondary schools.  "

The Cambridgeshire Teaching Schools Network 

CTSN is a collaboration of Teaching School Hubs, MATs and local schools working together to provide the capacity to deliver effective teacher training throughout Cambridgeshire and Peterborough, Essex and Suffolk to produce its own high-quality teachers.

CTSN aims to recruit, train, and retain excellent candidates into teaching to meet the educational needs of the area. You will undertake most of your training within a school environment in one of our supportive and well-established school partners and taught be current teachers within our partnership schools.


CTSN SCITT offers a range of routes of teacher training at both Primary and Secondary level to suit everyone.

Details of these different routes and course options can be found in two ways:

  1. Via the DfE’s Apply site by searching for area or provider and then course/route
  2. Via CTSN SCITT’s Website to find the list of the course codes for each route/course to aid your application.

Once you register on the DfE site, you can search by place, course and then subject. You will get possible course/routes at this point to help refine your search.

If you are considering joining the teaching profession and making a difference to young people's lives, then find out more on the CTSN website.

University providers

St Peter's works with The Faculty of Education at Cambridge University and the University of Bedfordshire to support their PGCE programs.

School Experience Programme

If you are thinking about teaching but want to know what it could be like why not take advantage of the School Experience Program? This gives you opportunity to experience what it is like for a short placement in school. More details will be added soon.

At St Peter’s we had more than 50 School Experience Placements across the curriculum every year for the last 5 years and have already had our first candidates for the current academic year. If you can’t find a time slot in a subject that suits on the SEP website please contact us directly and we will aim to work with you as your start to plan for teacher training.

Interested in finding out more - please fill in the form below or email

Testimonials From School Experience Candidates

I enjoyed a day of positive experiences in the French Language Department at the school today. I had a very inspiring day of school exposure. The day was even better than I expected. The staff and teachers showed a willing attitude to transfer the best of their experiences and knowledge to me. They were widely open to provide their support, advice and answered my questions enthusiastically.

[Teachers] were passionate and enthusiastic while teaching and with their roles at the school. Similarly, the students gave their best during the lessons, in general, they seem committed to learn. In my opinion, this is the result of the support they are receiving.

I appreciate your time and effort for putting together a programme for the day that allowed me to see a range of high level of work going on in the languages department. You gave me a warm welcome, and an insight of the work behind the scenes in the classroom, and of course for the details about teacher training providers. By the way, this is the most organised, structured and complete SEP programme I have experienced until now.

Thank you for arranging school experience for me. I have had my first interview and offer for a SCITT placement, and the school experience was invaluable in giving me points to discuss at the interview and examples for the practise lesson aspect.


This scheme is so incredibly useful I wouldn't have been in such a strong position in my teacher training interview if you hadn't given me the chance to come and observe your wonderful school – Thank you!