School Direct

The Earls High School 

We believe passionately that education has one, deeply important, characteristic that nothing else can match. A good education gives the opportunity for any individual to transcend their starting point. Education is the one thing that allows us all to enhance our natural talents, gifts and abilities. That is what we strive for at The Earls, creating enhanced life chances for our students.

The school motto: ‘Ut filii lucis fiatis’, almost literally ‘to become the children of light’, that’s what we want for our students: to become enlightened.

As an Ofsted rated Outstanding school, The Earls promotes a challenging and stimulating environment that aims to fully engage students in their learning. We are looking to train, develop and support School Direct candidates who have the potential to be outstanding practitioners.


  • “The training and support offered by The Earls to NQT s is excellent, it is supportive and tailored to the needs of a new teacher. Each teacher is encouraged to stretch themselves and reflect on their own practise in order to challenge and progress with the comfort of knowing that they have outstanding support behind them”.  Steph, MfL
  • “The training and support I received during my NQT training really helped me develop at the start of my teaching career. Not only did this training help me within my classroom teaching but other aspects of school life were covered and developed upon as well. A comfortable environment for every session was created where I could share my ideas, ask any questions and be challenged”. Esther, Music
  • “I have had a fantastic experience of the training and induction programme during my NQT year at The Earls. From the very beginning I was made to feel supported by the Induction mentor and other members of staff who were running induction sessions. The induction programme consisted of several very well planned and executed sessions which covered key aspects of teaching which I could quickly and easily integrate into my lessons. Observations were always carried out in a very supportive and positive manner. Because all current NQTs attended the sessions it was also a great way to get to know others who were in the same position as myself and could relate to my experiences of teaching in my first year”. Chris, Science
  • “The encouragement and support provided by my subject mentor and Induction tutor during my NQT year was absolutely first class and the regular and comprehensive mentor meetings and NQT induction sessions were fantastic! I can highly recommend The Earls High School to anyone looking to complete their Initial Teacher Training or NQT year here”. Helen, English

If you have the knowledge, passion and commitment required to become an outstanding practitioner then you should aim to train at The Earls.

The Earls is proud to announce that we are working in partnership with a number of schools in order to secure outstanding teachers to give our students the very best educational opportunities:


Aldridge is a comprehensive school for pupils of all abilities and backgrounds, aged between 11 and 19. Aldridge was rated a Good school by Ofsted in November 2012.

“There has been a sharp increase in the proportion of students gaining five A* to C grades at GCSE, including in English and Mathematics. The proportion of students obtaining the highest A* to A grades has also shown a significant improvement. Standards are well above average”.  Ofsted 2012

Aldridge became a convertor Academy in April 2012. We pride ourselves in providing the highest quality of academic achievement, support and guidance for all pupils whatever their ability or potential. Our reputation as a caring school, with high academic standards, is built upon these ideals. We have created a richly diverse and adaptable environment to give pupils a rock-solid foundation to grow as individuals, achieve the best possible standards in their exam results, and enter the world equipped with all the skills for a successful adult life.

We support our strong academic curriculum with an outstanding extra-curricular programme, which gives everyone the chance to shine, regardless of learning ability. We have good facilities, and a highly committed professional staff, dedicated to the development of each pupil in our school.

In 2013 we achieved the Investors in People award. The assessor summarised the report with this statement:

“People believe the organisation is a great place to work as a result of on-going improvements made to the way they are managed and developed”. Investors in People 2013.

In an external Kirkland Rowell staff survey completed in April 2014 82% of staff graded the school as an outstanding place to work.

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The Dormston School is a rapidly improving school (OFSTED Nov 2014) in Sedgley, Dudley. We are committed to providing educational excellence for every pupil regardless of their ability or background. As a school we understand that the key to outstanding learning is ensuring that our teachers receive the best possible support and guidance throughout their careers. This is our commitment to any teacher who works at our school. It is for this reason that we have created a Professional Learning Community that every colleague has access to.

Dormston is an innovative school that is constantly looking for new ways to improve teaching and learning. As a trainee teacher you would have the opportunity to access all aspects of our Professional Learning Community including being part of Lesson Study Groups, subject networks and many other professional development opportunities as well as the more traditional elements of a PGCE course.

Our pupils are very receptive to learning. As OFSTED (Nov 2014) points out, “Students respond well to the school’s high expectations and feel valued. They . . . have good attitudes to learning and take responsibility for their own behaviour. As a result, the school is calm and orderly.”

Our aim for any trainee teacher is simply to help you become the very best teacher that you can. We see no limits on what you can achieve in your time with us. To help you achieve your full potential we will develop a personalised and flexible programme that best suits your needs. We have a wealth of school and teacher improvement experience which means that we are confident that should you join us you will receive the very best preparation for the most rewarding profession there is.

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Kinver High School

A strong sense of community is at the core of our School; one of the clear strengths of Kinver High is its culture of care and support and the quality of relationships between students and staff. The ethos is one of mutual respect and cooperation.

There is a firm focus on examination performance and students are challenged to achieve more than they thought possible. Kinver High has an exceptional range of extra-curricular activities with sports teams, musical performances and a variety of lunchtime and after school clubs designed to engage and inspire students to pursue their own interests and develop their talents.

We are looking to train and support School Direct candidates who would be able to challenge our students to go beyond their expectations.

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Newfield Park Primary School

Newfield Park is a large primary school near the centre of Halesowen that has 400 pupils on roll. The vast majority of pupils in the school are White British and others come from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds with a very small number learning English as an additional language.

The percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is similar to most primary schools, although a much lower than average percentage has a statement of special educational needs. The main areas of need include moderate or specific learning difficulties, or emotional and behavioural difficulties.

The school is two form entry and has an OFSTED rating of RI, with good for behaviour and guidance.  We are currently awaiting an inspection where we hope, and expect, a different outcome.

Due to accurate and rigorous self evaluation, Newfield Park continues to improve and is seeking to become an outstanding primary school where learning is at the centre of everything it does.

The children at the school have a thirst for learning and take full advantage of the rich curriculum and out of hours programme that is offered.

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Olive Hill Primary School

Olive Hill is a larger than average primary school, with 350 children currently on roll from Nursery to Year 6. The children attending our vibrant learning community come from a wealth of different backgrounds who are learning together and achieving success.

At Olive Hill we strive to provide the best education possible for all our children. We firmly believe that the quality of adults who work with our children can make the biggest impact on their lives, now and in the future; as result we ensure that we provide the best professional development for our staff.

As a School Direct Trainee we can offer you wonderful children and a supportive learning environment built around effective relationships. We will provide you with the opportunities and experiences that you need to become creative and inspirational leaders of learning, who motivate and engage learners through understanding their individual needs.

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St Matthias

St Matthias is a brand new school in a brand new high tech building. It opened in September 2015 on the old Deansfield site. All staff and students transferred from Deansfield to St Matthias. All classrooms have 60-inch plasma screens and the majority of students have their own iPad which are used routinely in lessons.  The school is set in an economically and socially disadvantaged area. Approximately 60% of students are categorised as disadvantaged and approximately 30% have Special Educational Needs. The school is also a resource base for deaf students.  Although the school has these challenging characteristics it does not determine student’s achievements and aspirations and the vast majority leave school with higher level qualifications and find suitable employment, training places, college courses and many go on to university. The school was rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted 2016 and sits in the top 10 nationally for the proportion of lower ability pupils who gain five or more GCSEs at grade C and above.

St Matthias is recognised locally as an innovative and successful training place for Initial Teacher Education. It has a very long and positive relationship with the University of Wolverhampton and many of its staff either trained at Deansfield as PGCE students or trained through the GTP route and more recently through School Direct. St Matthias was selected as one of the pilot schools for the School Direct salaried route. A high proportion of the staff are experienced mentors and have been verified by the university.

St Matthias are currently, and will continue to be, one of 10 schools in the Black Country who provide 2 days school based training for the University of Wolverhampton’s newest recruits at the start of their training. In September 2015 St Matthias hosted the whole of the PE cohort for many of their training sessions whilst building work at the university was undertaken. In the Spring term trainee school nurses and trainee teachers work together on an inter professional project and plan and deliver PHSE lessons, based on health and well-being to year 8 students. St Matthias value and welcome trainee teachers. Trainees who are placed at St Matthias want to stay. There is no better recommendation!

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Lyng Hall School

Lyng Hall School is located in the North-east of Coventry and serves an ethnically diverse community.  A strong sense of belonging is at the core of our School; one of the clear strengths of Lyng Hall school is its culture of care and support and the quality of relationships between students and staff. We are an Achievement for All School, and the Head Teacher is an Ambassador for this programme both nationally and internationally.

The ethos is one of mutual respect and cooperation. There is a firm focus on examination performance and students are challenged to achieve more than they thought possible. Lyng Hall School has an exceptional range of extra-curricular activities with sports teams, musical performances and a variety of lunchtime and after school clubs designed to engage and inspire students to pursue their own interests and develop their talents.

The students themselves are the best advertisement for the School and the staff are a dedicated and energetic team. Lyng Hall School is a vibrant and positive learning community, firmly committed to ensuring that achievement of all students is maximised through the successful personalisation of their learning. A well supported staff team are challenged through training and development opportunities, encouraging innovative approaches to teaching and learning. Our simple message to students is that hard work and high aspirations make us all successful.

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Thorns Community College

Thorns Community College is a warm and welcoming school with traditional values of courtesy and respect underpinning our strong curriculum and varied enhancement activities. At Thorns, we aim to provide opportunities for all of our students that enable them to flourish academically, personally and spiritually. We place a strong emphasis upon the quality of our lessons and the activities designed for our students. A day at Thorns should be varied, challenging and enjoyable.

Thorns Community College is a member of The Stourbridge Educational Trust and the Stour Valley Collaborative. This means that the very best educational practice amongst the four secondary schools and partner primary schools is shared through training courses; and for students, events like the TSET Olympics give our young people the chance to try new activities.

Thorns is an ambitious and improving school with a reputation for training outstanding classroom practitioners. We are looking to train, develop and support School Direct candidates with the potential to do the same.

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