Our Schools and Partners

We have a wide partnership of over 30 Primary and Special schools based throughout Warwickshire, Coventry, Solihull and Staffordshire.  Many of these schools offer School Direct training places and some share their expertise by leading aspects of our central training programme.

Our lead school is Claverdon Primary School and our partner Initial Teacher Training provider is the University of Warwick.  Our partnership name is Gateway Alliance (Midlands).

Our partnership of schools is made up of a large and highly committed group of primary and special schools from across Warwickshire, Coventry and the surrounding area. We are brought together as a partnership by our shared aim of wanting to provide the best possible training experience for the next generation of teachers.

All partner schools may host training placements within their school or contribute to the programme of training, by sharing their expertise to the benefit of all Gateway Alliance School Direct trainees.

If you would like to gain some work experience within on of our partner schools, please contact the school directly.  If you would like to discuss this further please contact us.

Gateway Alliance – Partner Schools

The following schools are part of the Gateway Alliance School Direct Partnership. Click on the link to visit the school website.

Please note, not all of these schools recruit a trainee every year and new schools join the list regularly.

School NameLocation
All Saints Junior School (Full 19/20)Warwick
Camp Hill Primary School (Full 19/20)Nuneaton
Claverdon Primary School (Full 19/20) Warwick
Cubbington Primary SchoolLeamington
Emscote Infant School (Full 19/20) Warwick
Goodyers End Primary School (Full 19/20) Bedworth
Hillmorton Primary SchoolRugby
John Gulson Primary School (Full 19/20)Coventry
Keresley Grange Primary School (Full 19/20) Coventry
Michael Drayton Junior School (Full 19/20) Nuneaton
Oak Wood Special SchoolNuneaton
Priors Field Primary SchoolKenilworth
The Stour FederationShipston-on-Stour
St John’s Primary SchoolKenilworth
St Nicolas C of E AcademyNuneaton
St Nicholas C of E Primary SchoolKenilworth
Sydenham Primary SchoolLeamington
The Ferncumbe C of E Primary SchoolWarwick
Welcombe Hills Primary SchoolStratford-upon-Avon
Whitestone Infant School (Full 19/20) Nuneaton

The Gateway Alliance School Direct Programme is accredited by our partner initial teacher training provider – the University of Warwick.

We have worked in partnership with Warwick, developing our School Direct Programme, since 2012. Our programme has been co-designed by leading University academics alongside outstanding teachers and leaders from within our schools, making the Gateway Alliance School Direct Programme the best choice for people who wish to train to become a teacher.

The University of Warwick…

  • is an (Ofsted) Outstanding teacher training provider
  • is one of the top 10 universities in the UK
  • has over 40 years experience of supporting teacher training
  • has a 94% course completion rate, with 97% of those trainees being graded as Outstanding or Good at the end of the course
  • has a 98% employment rate
University Taught Course Structure

The academic study that trainees undertake whilst on our School Direct programme, is carried out at the University of Warwick. You’ll be taught and supported by highly experienced tutors and mentors who have a national reputation for the quality of their training.

There are two elements to the taught course, led by the University:

  • Professional Studies – develops a good understanding of the key factors in successful learning and teaching. It deals with central issues of planning, teaching, assessing and behaviour management as well as addressing such issues as safeguarding of children
  • Subject Studies – covers both core subjects (English, Mathematics and Science) and non-core (Foundation) subjects. Foundation subjects are covered through ‘taster’ sessions for each subject: Art and Design, Computing, Design and Technology, Geography and History, Music, Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) Physical Education (P.E.), Religious Education (R.E.) and PSHE.

This taught element of the course is delivered at the University for approximately 30 days, throughout the training year.  The rest of the time you will spend in school, putting the theory into practice and learning from highly supportive and experienced teachers.