Our school family
Our school family
Archbishop Sentamu Academy
Aspire Academy
Barlby High School
Burton Green Primary School
Compass Academy
Forest of Galtres Primary School
George Pindar School
Graham School
Manor CE Academy
Newland St John’s CE Academy
Poppleton Ousebank Primary School
Skelton Primary School
St James’ CE Academy
Vale of York Academy

Our school-centred PGCE programme

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Why train to teach with us?

York St John University is the accredited provider for our school-centred PGCE Secondary programme which is a postgraduate fee-funded route and leads to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). York St John’s heritage is firmly anchored in teacher training. It was established in 1841 and has a successful history of educating and training outstanding student teachers. Hope Sentamu Learning Trust is a Lead Partner of York St John University and we work in partnership with them to deliver this PGCE because we too are committed to teacher training. After all, great teaching changes lives.

Since 2013, over 180 secondary teachers have trained with us and 41 of these teachers have gone on to be employed in Hope Sentamu schools. We achieve consistently high rates of programme completion and we are very proud of the fact that 87% of the student teachers we have employed since 2013 are still working for Hope Sentamu Learning Trust today.

This PGCE programme is a popular choice for candidates who want to train on the job, have an immersive, practical experience and potentially secure a teaching role in the network of schools where they have trained, once qualified.

There is something special about York St John trainees. They are diligent, kind, caring and self-reflective.”

Ofsted ITE Inspection Report
March 2022
There are many benefits to training with us, including:
  • A comprehensive induction programme including opportunities to gain further school experience before beginning the programme and additional support for career changers;
  • A truly school-centred training experience with 80% of your time spent in school from the start of the programme;
  • A high quality, research-informed curriculum that will enable you to develop the professional knowledge, understanding and skills needed to become a highly effective teacher (and future leader!) with strong subject knowledge, an in-depth understanding of wider educational issues and a clear professional identity;
  • Two immersive school placements that are designed to provide you with high quality contrasting training experiences and are supported by experienced and expert mentors and colleagues;
  • Supportive and stimulating learning environments which will enable you to flourish and thrive as an emerging teacher;
  • Comprehensive academic and professional support from the University’s Link Tutors who will visit you on school placement and Academic Tutors who can support you with writing at Masters level;
  • A thriving network of specialist Professional and Subject Mentors in school who are highly skilled and passionate about working with student teachers;
  • Weekly mentor meetings as well as regular feedback on your teaching to support you to become a reflective practitioner;
  • 60 Master’s level credits on completion of the programme which can be used towards a full Masters degree in the future;
  • Outstanding career development opportunities, with many schools directly recruiting from our teacher training programme;
  • Access to a wide range of student support services offered by the University, from help with your finances to welfare and wellbeing support.

I had an amazing relationship with my mentor and she still offers me advice on all things teaching and that’s only possible because of the mentor support model at Hope Sentamu Learning Trust. The weekly meetings, supported team teaching sessions, constructive observations and extended placement meant that we were able to establish a really positive working relationship.”

Student Teacher
We offer training in the following Secondary subjects: 
Art & Design
Design & Technology
Modern Foreign Languages (French/German/Spanish)
PE with EBacc
Religious Education
Want to find out more?

If you have any questions about our programme, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

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