Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

CST schools currently work in partnership with our two local universities to provide ITT via the School Direct route to PGCE. The School Direct route to ITT is being phased out, so for 2024-25 recruitment, we will continue to work with local universities & retain the successful partnerships as follows:

  • the University of the West of England for primary phase ITT
  • the University of Bristol for most secondary subjects, including English, Maths, Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Modern Foreign Languages (French, German & Spanish) and Religious Education.
  • the University of the West of England for secondary Art & Design, Computer Science, D&T and PE.

Student teachers are recruited by CST in partnership with our University colleagues. A significant number of our student teachers go on to their first post in the teaching profession in one of the Trust's schools. In the last academic year, one in three of our student teachers took up their first posts in teaching with CST.

How to apply for a School Direct place with Cathedral Schools Trust

All ITT applications are made through the DfE Apply for Teacher Training service.

To apply to Cathedral School Trust for a School Direct place, look for Bristol Cathedral

If you are applying for Modern Languages, please go to Modern Languages (Other)

To find out more about ITT, visit Get Into Teaching

We encourage undergraduates and graduates who are interested in a career in teaching to apply to us for an initial discussion about routes into ITT. For an initial discussion, please contact Catherine Jeffes.

Applications are particularly welcome from those who would like to teach secondary phase subjects such as mathematics, physics, computer science and modern foreign languages.

Funding for initial teacher training 2022 to 2023

The DfE has published funding information for Initial Teacher Training in 2022 to 2023. Graduates applying to train as teachers in high-demand subjects can apply for a range of bursaries, details of which can be found by following the link above.

What do our trainees say?

"Staff across the school were really welcoming and made us feel part of the community."

"The induction at the start was very clear and helpful."

"I had a really strong mentor and department who supported me throughout my placement."

"Having a good space to work and congregate was really helpful. Sharing this with experienced staff was also really positive as they were always willing to share their experience and answer any questions we had."

"Lots of opportunities to observe lessons outside our specialism."