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School Direct

School Direct is a school-led training programme for graduates who want hands-on training in a school. On a School Direct course you’ll feel part of our school family, and get the chance to learn on the job in at least two different schools, working with experienced colleagues and putting your new skills into practice from day one.

Our School Direct programmes have been designed by our alliance schools in partnership with Bath Spa University, based on the skills we are looking for in a newly qualified teacher. Based at St John’s Marlborough or at John O’Gaunt Hungerford, our School Direct courses run from September to June and result in QTS awarded with a PGCE.

Trainees are required to pay tuition fees for these courses (£9,250) but may be eligible for student finance as well as bursaries in some secondary subjects.

For the 2021/22 academic year we have vacancies in the following subjects:


  • Art & Design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Languages COURSE FULL
  • Music
  • Physical Education COURSE FULL
  • Physics
  • Religious Education COURSE FULL

We require applications to our PGCE programme to be made via UCAS or DfE Apply. Check our How to Apply page for more information.

With effect from 1st September 2021, Excalibur Teaching School Alliance ceases to exist in its current format. We will continue to offer CPD and ITT and we are working with the Swindon and Wiltshire Teaching School Hub as a Lead Partner to support the delivery of the Early Careers Framework (Secondary) and the delivery of the new suite of National Professional Qualifications. You can contact us by email at