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About Us

South Bromsgrove High Teaching School Alliance provides a high quality, school based learning opportunity in partnership with The University of Worcester and Haybridge SCITT.  We enjoy a strong partnership with the University, which has a longstanding reputation for excellence in Initial Teacher Training.

South Bromsgrove is the lead school within the alliance and the professional studies element of the course will be coordinated here. ‘South’ is an outstanding school where students enjoy learning in a way which stimulates their imagination and creativity. It maintains high standards of achievement, offers a broad and relevant curriculum, and places great emphasis on high quality learning experiences in lessons.

Secondary teacher training placements are provided at South Bromsgrove High; Trinity High School, Redditch (named as the most improved school in the country in 2012); and/or Bromsgrove School (one of Britain’s finest independent schools). Our highly successful primary programme is coordinate by St John’s CofE Middle School (judged Outstanding by Ofsted in 2012) and placements are provided in a range of excellent local First, Middle and Primary Schools.

All schools in the alliance are highly committed to the training of teachers in a school based environment with access to high quality support from outstanding Higher Education Institutions. South Bromsgrove has experienced subject and professional mentors who are involved in the planning and development of the School Direct courses.

Professional Studies

The professional studies element of the course will be coordinated by South Bromsgrove High School on a particular day each week. The unique aspect of this programme is that the delivery will be shared across schools in a wider alliance, who have specific areas of expertise. This will also allow insight into First, Middle, High and Special Schools. Much of the Professional Studies element will involve linking theory to classroom practice. 


Each Trainee will be assigned a Professional and Subject Mentor who will be experienced in mentoring, coaching and giving feedback. There will be a high entitlement of lesson observations by mentors and other colleagues and the opportunity to observe outstanding practitioners. You will meet with your mentor regularly, to review and set targets related to the teacher standards. 

Specialist Leaders in Education

There will also be opportunities to have personalised support from Specialist Leaders in Education and access high quality training programmes linked to subject specialisms and teaching and learning innovations. 

When will you start?

You will be in school from the start of the year and will gain access to all the training and extra-curricular opportunities available in this vibrant alliance.