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Teacher Training

Train to Teach with GMS in 2019-20.

This year, Great Marlow School (GMS) is thrilled to be offering bursary led/fee funded Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and QTS with Post Graduate Certificate of Education) (PGCE) teacher training places for 2019-2020, in partnership with the Astra School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT). Astra was judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in all four categories for initial teacher training, in November 2018. The full Ofsted inspection report is available via the Astra website or the Ofsted website.

For 2019/20, the following bursary-led / unsalaried training places are available at our school:

  • Computer Science, Geography, Maths and Physics.
  • Generous, tax-free bursaries are available for some subjects, a full list of these can be seen here.

As well as awarding QTS through Astra’s weekly core training programme, the SCITT also works with Goldsmiths, University of London for the optional PGCE ‘top up’ qualification, worth 60 Masters credits.

Since 2013, the Astra partnership has considerable experience of training teachers; it recognises and values the enthusiastic contribution that they make to our school communities. Outcomes and completion rates of participants are well above national benchmarking figures: employment rates for trainees are high. Expert staff in participating schools share their knowledge and good practice to ensure that trainees are well supported to enable them to acquire and adopt skills that lead to candidates being good and outstanding teachers. To achieve this, the organisation aims to ensure the right trainee is matched to the right school, for both the main and second teaching placements.

To find out more, please contact Stefan Merreywether (E-mail: or speak to a member of the Astra SCITT team by emailing: or Telephone 01494 787573. Please also click here to access the ASTRA prospectus. Details of forthcoming open days and events can be found on the Astra website.

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