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Some of our year 8 students on the Art and Textiles immersion day.

Teacher Training

What our current beginning teachers think about training at Fernwood School.
“Fernwood has made me realise that teaching is where I feel the most comfortable, excited and happy.”
Sarah Stoddart, ADT Beginning Teacher
“The students at this school are a joy to work with.”
Scott McDonald, Physics Beginning Teacher
“The support from all staff, no matter what role they have, has been fantastic.  They are always happy to answer any question and provide any feedback.”
John Staples, ICT Beginning Teacher
“The teachers, staff and mentors have been very helpful, accommodating and influential in my growth as a teacher.”
Stephen Nickell, History Beginning Teacher

Training1Thank you for considering the Fernwood School as part of your professional journey to becoming a teacher. Join us as part of the Fernwood family and we will ensure that you acquire the knowledge, understanding and competence to succeed as a newly qualified teaching professional. Our training aims to prepare you to meet the challenges of the rapidly evolving field of education and equip you with the skills required to be an excellent teacher. For information on The Fernwood School Direct Programme, including available placements, how to apply, upcoming events, feedback from trainees and useful links, please see below.

Upcoming Events

Monday 23rd November 2015

Teach Notts Event Large

To book your place at the TeachNotts
event, please email

What is School Direct?

Useful Links about School Direct:
Teacher Support – Routes into Teaching
School Direct: get involved in initial teacher training

Training2Throughout your training programme, you’ll be given a challenging and lively blend of theoretical learning and classroom-based practice at one of our partner schools. Here, you’ll gain a full insight into current curriculum expectations, access up-to-the-minute thinking on teaching ideas and learn what turns a good teacher into a great teacher.

The School Direct route is one of the best ways to begin, or progress, your career in education.  School Direct is a practical route to gaining Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  The Fernwood School will provide you with an exciting and challenging blend of theatrical learning and classroom practice, preparing you to take on the challenges of becoming a newly qualified teacher.  You will work alongside and learn from outstanding practitioners in order to gain the knowledge, skills and professional attributes that will ensure lifelong success in a profession that will give you fulfillment and challenge every day.

Why train with the Fernwood Family?


Training3The Fernwood School is a high performing school recognised for its excellent academic standards and outstanding care and discipline. We are a caring community and work collectively to ensure that both students and staff are happy and flourish during their time here.

Our development and training opportunities are tailored to meet the needs of all our staff. The opportunities provided ensure that teachers and fellow professionals are supported to be the very best they can be. In addition, through our partnership with L.E.A.D. Teaching School Alliance and the University of Nottingham, we are in the process of developing a suite of training modules to add to the existing support and guidance that new teachers receive on entry to the profession. The training will focus on the demands of working in an urban context and is designed to strengthen your teaching repertoire and understanding of the school setting.

We are proud of our long and successful history of training excellent teachers through a variety of routes into the profession. This academic year we have PGCE trainees from a number of universities training with us. We have a proven track record of School Based Training, working in partnership with teaching school alliances and partner universities, to provide year-long school based training experiences tailored to the individual trainee. Each trainee is offered personalised learning opportunities, and is coached by two experienced and motivated mentors on each placement.

Our partnership with L.E.A.D. Teaching School Alliance and the University of Nottingham (an outstanding provider) will enable our School Based Trainees to gain the academic award of PGCE in addition to achieving Qualified Teacher Status.

We recognise the challenges that beginning teachers face in the changing face of education and that we must be constantly be alert to the new methods of teaching, the shifting emphasis in parts of the curriculum, the new discoveries and theories in understanding the learning process, and the advances in subject matter. We will support you wholeheartedly in your journey as a beginning teacher to creating your own classroom and professional style.

Fernwood School Direct Places 2016-17

We have the following places to begin training in September 2016.

Subject Number of Places Provider
English 1 University of Nottingham School Direct partnership
Maths 1 University of Nottingham School Direct partnership
Physics 1 University of Nottingham School Direct partnership
History 1 University of Nottingham School Direct partnership

To apply through UCAS click here, search for LEAD Urban Teaching School Alliance, Huntingdon Academy, Alfred Street Central, St Ann’s, Nottingham, NG3 4AY (1DK).  If you have any queries please contact Gemma Baxter.

Who are we looking for?

Useful links for the literacy and numeracy Professional Skills Tests:
Passing the Skills Tests
Guidance on booking the tests

Training4We are seeking highly motivated, reflective, adaptable graduates with a love of learning and working with children to begin training in September.

In order to apply for a place on School Direct, you must have:

  • A good UK honours degree or equivalent: for Secondary, preferably a minimum 2.2 in the subject you wish to teach
  • GCSE English & mathematics at minimum grade C or equivalent.
  • A minimum of ten days UK school experience (paid or voluntary). This must have been completed within the last two years or be planned prior to application.
  • Disclosure and Barring Service and Prohibition Order checks.
  • A pass in the literacy and numeracy professional skills tests before starting teacher training.

The Fernwood Route to Application

Contact Us
LEAD Teaching School Manager
Yolanda Morley-McKay
Teaching and Learning Assistant Head Teacher
Mrs Jo Eldridge
ITE Coordinator at the Fernwood School
Mrs Gemma Baxter

If you are considering a career in teaching at The Fernwood School, we would like to help you with your application.

Your career pathway might look like this;

  • Student Guided Tour:  for honest opinions and thoughts on teaching.
  • Taster Day:  to meet members of the training team, observe lessons, speak to staff and attend application help workshops.
  • Work Experience:  to help you prepare for your interview with the University, and to support your application for School Direct we will provide work experience for you.
  • Training:  school centered, active and tailor made to suit your emerging needs.
  • Family:  We value your career progression and when you become part of the Fernwood Family we will be committed to your professional development throughout your career. So after your training with us, we will continue to invite you to participate in our bespoke CPD programmes.


Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
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