Surrey Downs Partnership

School Direct Teacher Training

Partner Schools

Our School Direct programmes will lead you to gaining a PGCE in conjunction with our partnership universities. 

We have a very successful and long-standing tradition of working with these schools and universities and have been fortunate enough to offer permanent employment to most of our school direct trainees in the past 7 years.

The model for training that we will follow will primarily focus on training in the classroom as well as having regular focused training days delivered by outstanding practitioners. We believe it is important to be in an innovative environment where you are supported and challenged to reach your potential. The Surrey Downs Partnership will be delivering all training and professional development to those on the School Direct programme. We believe this will give a rich and varied experience to prepare you for a highly successful teaching career.

Our Partner Schools :

North Downs Primary School - Brockham

Oxted School - Oxted

Reigate 6th Form College - Reigate

Royal Alexandra and Albert School - Reigate

The Ashcombe School (lead school) - Dorking

Carrington School - Redhill  - 


Our training is supported by the University of Sussex and the University of Brighton.

Both universities have a long and successful tradition in teacher education. The university works with us to provide quality input on how to teach different secondary subjects or across the curriculum in primary schools. The University also provides a comprehensive programme of Professional Studies, which complement the sessions offered across our partnership. University sessions take place on the University campus and include a mix of lectures, workshops and tutorials led by the Faculty of Education, excellent teachers from partnership schools and other educational experts. These sessions also allow you to share your experiences with other trainee teachers and reflect upon the learning and teaching trainees do in schools. Every trainee is registered on the PGCE, where they expected to complete a number of academic assignments at Masters Level, which are designed to develop knowledge and understanding, encourage reflection and assess progress against the Teachers’ Standards. These offer up to 90 Masters credits, and can enable progression onto an MEd course in their NQT year.  The University works in partnership with the school to organise a final assessment and make a recommendation for QTS. A university tutor will be assigned to support you whilst on the programme and you will be eligible to access a range of support services provided by the University.