Surrey Downs Partnership

School Direct Teacher Training

Teacher Training 


We are proud to offer a variety of training routes within our local schools, whereby trainees apply directly to the school of their choice and, if successful, train and work within our partnership. 

Whichever provider you choose to apply to, you will have an extended placement at your host school, meaning you become far more integrated as a member of staff at the school of your choice. This is supplemented by a shorter second placement, where we will work with you to arrange the best contrasting, local placement within one of our partner schools. We guarantee an interview for any relevant post in a partnership school for those who are successful on the programme with us.


What are the routes?

There are two routes into teacher training: Salaried and non-salaried.

The salaried route is aimed at graduates with at least 3 years work experience and is an employment-based route into teaching.

The non-salaried route is open to all graduates and is funded by competitive government bursaries (subject dependent) and tuition fees paid by the graduate through the student loan scheme.

Our programmes will lead you to gaining both Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE in conjunction with our partnership universities.


Who is in our partnership?

Carrington School (

Reigate College (

Royal Alexandra and Albert School (

Oxted School (

The Ashcombe School (Lead School) (

North Downs Primary School (

University of Sussex (

University of Brighton (

Xavier TeachSouth East (


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 9 years.


What kind of training can we offer you?


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 our programmes. We believe this will give a rich and varied experience to prepare you for a highly successful teaching career.