Initial Teacher Education (ITT)

CST schools work with our two local universities to provide ITT via the School Direct route to PGCE:

-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), Religious Education & of course Music.

-the University of the West of England for secondary Art & Design, Computer Science, D&T and PE.

A significant number of our trainee teachers go on to their first post in the teaching profession in one of the Trust's schools.

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 either Catherine Jeffes for the Primary phase or Andy Steward for the Secondary phase.

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, which includes increased bursaries of £15,000 for languages, geography and design and technology, and £10,000 for biology, in addition to the existing £24,000 bursary or £26,000 scholarship for maths, physics, chemistry and computing.

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."