Gateway Alliance (Arden Forest) Partnership

The Gateway Alliance (Arden Forest) School Direct Partnership is led by Welford-on-Avon Primary School in partnership with the Gateway Alliance and the University of Worcester.

“As a partnership of schools, we are fully committed to offering the best possible support and training to grow the next generation of teachers. We have a wealth of experience and expertise in supporting those new to the profession and feel that our School Direct programme will give teachers the best possible start in their career.”

Julie Leeman – Headteacher (Welford-on-Avon Primary School 

The Gateway Alliance (Arden Forest) School Direct Partnership is offering:

  • Training led by a highly successful primary school with a strong track record of supporting high quality initial teacher training;
  • A supportive atmosphere in which to learn and develop as a teacher;
  • Experienced mentors who have delivered the School Direct programme previously;
  • Opportunities to work in a small, committed network of local South West Warwickshire Primary schools;
  • A structured and supportive programme of school based training;
  • Opportunities to observe, work alongside and be part of our outstanding teaching team;
  • Accreditation through the University of Worcester leading to a PGCE with QTS with 60 credits at Masters level

The Gateway Alliance (Arden Forest) SD Partnership are offering tuition fee teacher training places across a number of our partnership schools in South West Warwickshire.

School Direct Training Programme (Tuition Fee) ⇒ This route is open to anyone who meets the minimum eligibility criteria for teaching.  You will undertake the majority of your training in school, but you will not be employed by the school.  This route incurs a £9,250 tuition fee although you may be eligible for funding through tuition fee loans, training bursaries or scholarships. For more information about bursaries and funding click here.

Training Provider:Welford-on-Avon Primary School
Training Provider Code:2L6
UCAS Course Code:3DJX
Final Award:QTS with full PGCE (5-11 years Primary) + 60 CATS points towards a Masters.
On this primary mainstream School Direct programme you will undertake your training in one of our partnership primary schools and will spend a term in each of the 3 primary age groups:

  • Key Stage 1 (year 1 or 2)
  • Lower Key Stage 2 (year 3 or 4)
  • Upper Key Stage 2 (year 5 or 6)

For the majority of the training year you will be based at your ‘host school’, however you will spend 1 term on a complementary placement, in a contrasting school setting.

Alongside your time in school, learning from experienced and highly skilled teachers, you will attend a number of taught sessions led by both the University of Worcester and lead schools from with the partnership, to support your academic practice.  You will complete a number of Masters level assignments which will further your understanding of effective teaching pedagogies and theories.

You will be supported, whilst on the programme, by an experienced mentor who will help to guide your development, assess your progress and support you to be maximise your potential.

The course is carried out over a full acaedmic year, starting in September 2019.

For more information about financial support whilst you are training please see – fees and finance

The Gateway Alliance (Arden Forest) School Direct Partnership includes the following schools:

We are a partnership of schools that work together to support the best outcomes for all children across our locality.  Please use the links above to find out more about our partner schools.

To see the schools on a map click here.


Our accrediting Initial Teacher Training Provider is the University of Worcester. Worcester have a strong track record of support high quality teacher training through the School Direct training route. For more information about the programme please visit the University website.

For more information about all of our teacher training programmes visit… FIND POSTGRADUATE TEACHER TRAINING

Search for training provider name: ‘Welford-on-Avon Primary School‘ provider code 2L6.

All applications should be made via the UCAS teacher training online application portal at

Our Recruitment and Selection Process

The Gateway Alliance will be leading the recruitment process working in partnership with the University of Worcester.


All candidates that meet the essential criteria for teaching will be invited to attend a school based interview. This will involve the following:

  • Written task
  • 15 minute observed teaching task
  • Panel interview

More information will be given prior to interview.

Professional Skills Tests

You have to pass the ‘Professional Skills Tests‘ in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training – the key to successfully passing is plenty of preparation and practice. You can register to undertake the skills tests at any point after you have submitted your application and they are valid for 3 years. You have three attempts to pass each test, and your first attempt at each test is free of charge. If you don’t pass within three attempts, you will need to wait 24 months before you can book any further tests – this would mean starting the teacher training application process again, so make sure you allow plenty of time to revise.

For more advice regarding preparing for the skills tests click here.

For more advice about applying for teacher training visit the Get into Teaching website.