School Direct

Richmond Secondary Teaching Schools Alliance: School Direct Programme

Richmond Teaching Schools Alliance (RTSA) is a group of local secondary schools led by Waldegrave School, supported by Orleans Park School.  The Alliance offers an outstanding place to work and learn and provides a supportive and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with our partner universities. The Alliance is pleased to be offering School Direct training again in 2018/19.

All of the RTSA schools have experience of teacher training and are already supporting School Direct trainees. To train teachers bring many advantages to a school and we fully embrace the energy, drive and enthusiasm they bring.  School Direct vacancies for 2018-19 are available at Waldegrave School, Orleans Park School, Christ’s School, Hampton High and St Richard Reynolds Catholic College.

We currently have unsalaried vacancies for Mathematics, D&T Textiles, Drama, Physics, Chemistry, English, PE, Geography and Modern Foreign Languages (French/Spanish).

Successful completion of this course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS) and a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with Masters credits.

Visit UCAS course search via the link, and type in ‘Waldegrave School’ (lead school in the Alliance) in the ‘search for a training provider’ box for further information.   Please  note that all applications for School Direct must be made via UCAS.

Please check our school website and twitter feed for information on recruitment events and observation days or contact  If you would like to join our mailing list for updates from RTSA please complete this short form:

Secondary Schools

Please see the list below of the secondary schools in this partnership offering School Direct places. For further information on all of our Alliance schools see their websites below:

General information about the School Direct Programme (training and salaried routes) from the Department for Education can be found here.

Partner Universities:

Roehampton University is our partner HEI for the following subjects (training routes): Drama, Geography, Physics, Biology, Chemistry, D&T (Textiles), Mathematics & English. Click here to view the School Direct page on their website

St Mary's University is our partner HEI for Physical Education (training route) - Click here to view their website

Goldsmiths is our partner HEI for Modern Foreign Languages - French/Spanish (training route) - Click here to view their website


The teaching profession looks for the highest quality candidates, so you will need to meet the following requirements before you can be accepted for teacher training.

  • Hold and be able to provide certificated evidence of having an undergraduate degree conferred by a UK university or an equivalent qualification. Most successful applicants will have 2:1 degree classification or better, a candidate with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered, if he or she is able to provide additional evidence of potential, such as the award of a higher degree or substantial relevant professional experience.

  • Have achieved at least a grade C or above in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs (or approved equivalents). If you do not currently hold a GCSE grade C or above in Mathematics and English Language, please note that we accept the equivalency tests in both Mathematics and English offered by Equivalency Testing.

  • For PE and Science subjects you will also need at least a C grade in GCSE Science.

  • Teaching is physically and mentally demanding, and there are fitness requirements set by the Department for Education for applicants to initial teacher training programmes. Please see the Roehampton, St Marys and Goldsmiths University websites for further details.

Further requirements

All students starting an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) course from September 2013 are required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme ( You should submit an application as early as possible via UCAS teacher training (applications open early October) and then make arrangements to take the skills tests.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.


You will need to provide two references to accompany your UCAS application. Your application cannot be processed without them. We recommend that you start your references early as often this element of the application process is the slowest.

School Observations

We recommend that applicants spend some time observing lessons in a UK secondary school.  All observational experience should provide an opportunity to gain insight into teaching, learning and reflection upon the professional responsibilities of teachers.