Initial Teacher Training


The course

We offer initial teacher training in Secondary and Primary. It is called ‘School Direct’. School Direct means the training year is largely based in school. As a former Teaching School we are able to recruit and select trainees in partnership with Cornwall SCITT (an accredited ITT provider). One of the benefits of applying to us is that your main school placement if Secondary will be at Mounts Bay Academy. We provide our Secondary trainees with their own device (Apple) to use during the course. We also work very closely with a number of excellent Primary schools in our network to provide placements and can usually tell you which schools your placements could be in before the course starts.

For 2022/23 we are have the following places available:


Secondary – Art, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Geography, History, Maths, MFL (French/Spanish), PE.


QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) is what you will achieve if you successfully complete the course. Throughout the year your progress is measured and assessed against the Teachers’ Standards to ensure you meet at least the minimum standard in each one.
Alongside this you can achieve a PGCE (through Bath Spa University) – an academic award at Level 7. It is immersed as part of your teacher training course through assignments. It doesn’t qualify you to teach, but it does give you Masters Level credits which is useful if you are looking to do a Masters at some point in the future.
The majority of the training takes place in your lead school with a shorter placement at another school with the support of a Mentor throughout the year.  Through the year you will gain additional CPD from expert staff in your placement school.


How to Apply

Click here to apply:

Recruitment for courses starts in October every year. Search for Mounts Bay Academy. Our provider code is 12U.

Entry requirements

A UK degree (or equivalent) qualification with a 2:2 or higher. If Secondary, your degree should be directly relevant to the subject you wish to teach.
GCSE’s in Maths and English Grade C or above (or equivalent), and Science if applying to Primary.
Appropriate ‘A’ level or equivalent qualifications.
Your application as a whole will be looked at – including other qualifications, work and school experience, personal statement and references. Your references should both clearly support your potential to train to become a teacher.
You must also undertake an occupational health screening and DBS clearance prior to starting the course.


Government Skills Tests

You no longer need to complete the skills tests. BUT…

ITT providers are expected to make an assessment of fundamental English and mathematics knowledge before QTS is awarded. Any work to address shortfalls in English and mathematics must be undertaken by the trainee teacher in addition to other aspects of their training. Those without GCSEs will need an equivalency test as part of the recruitment process.

School Experience

We are looking for highly motivated candidates who have carried school-based observation/work experience within the last 2 years. Although not a requirement, we prefer candidates to apply having completed several days of school experience, and you may be asked to complete further days. To gain school experience you can just get in touch directly with any school to see if they can accommodate you – you may have to approach several schools. Most schools offer 1-3 days experience.


Funding your course

We offer School Direct (Tuition Fee) places. This means you are responsible for paying for your course. The tuition fees are £9250 which is set by our ITT Provider. We do not offer any Salaried places. Most people go through Student Finance to secure a loan and there may be bursaries and grants available to apply for. Check on the Get Into Teaching website.


Further information on School Direct ITT can be found here: DfE


Here are a few quotes from our trainees last year:

‘The general ability to be fully integrated into school life, as a member of the department and working with a tutor group. It has been a very rewarding experience to witness and to chart my own development and that of the pupils’

‘Many opportunities were afforded and all staff were helpful, welcoming and supportive’

‘The induction to the school was brilliant. We were treated as though we were NQT teachers that were having their very first briefing’

‘The continued support from the Professional Tutor with professional studies and for me in the classroom has really encouraged me to do well and to progress further every week. Your academy has made me realise I am making the best decision for my future career.’

Please get in touch if you have any questions regarding Teacher Training. We can answer any questions regarding the course, application and interview process:

email Chris Jenkin or telephone 01736 352321