Holly Lodge is the lead secondary school for the St John Bosco Teaching School Alliance. We provide opportunities for trainees to qualify as teachers through the School Direct programme. Our programme offers primary teaching and secondary teaching in a range of subjects.

What is the School Direct Programme?

School Direct is a school based training route into teaching, gaining Qualified Teacher Status and PGCSE. This gives trainees opportunity to spend more time in school right from the start, with teachers and students, allowing you to feel part of the school where you are training. At Holly Lodge we work in collaboration with Newman University and Birmingham City University, both widely recognised for excellence in teacher training.

How do we support our trainees?

We aim to produce outstanding teachers for the future. To achieve this we recognise that new entrants into teaching need the best support possible.

Each trainee is attached to a subject mentor who is responsible for supporting the trainee on a daily basis giving regular feedback as a trainee take their first steps as a teacher, discussing, planning and giving advice. There is also a professional mentor in the school taking overall responsibility for the training programme and ensuring trainees have access to high quality professional development. Our partner universities play a crucial role in training with each trainee receiving subject specific training throughout the course. University tutors work closely with trainees and mentors in school ensuring that all aspects of a trainee’s development are fully covered

In addition, all trainees are provided with a laptop for the duration of the course. This is invaluable in both the teaching side of the course and the training aspect.


The School Direct training pathway is an effective way to prepare you for the journey of teaching, as it gives trainees more independence and confidence. The School Direct training experience is truly reflective and the most effective preparation of a career in teaching
Kully Takhar Holly Lodge School


Being based in a single school for a significant amount of time allows trainee teachers to build valuable relationships with pupils, measure progress both for themselves and pupils, as well as offering the opportunity to build supportive relationships with colleagues: experiences which are vital
Ryan Lee Holly Lodge School


The School Direct route into teaching effectively prepares trainees for the practicalities of a career in teaching. The mixture of university based learning and practical teaching experience is invaluable; allowing trainees to take both theory and ideas immediately into the practical classroom situation.
Aisha Zafar Holly Lodge School


What courses do we offer?

School Direct is a route into teaching which enables schools to take the lead in teacher training in partnership with a university. At Holly Lodge we work in collaboration with Newman University, widely recognised for its excellence in teacher training

As well as Holly Lodge High School we have a range of partner secondary schools across a wide geographical area.

  • Ormiston Sandwell Community Academy, Tividale
  • Oldbury Academy, Oldbury
  • Turves Green Girls School, Birmingham

Subjects offered by the partner schools; Art and Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computing, Design and Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, Modern Languages, Music, Psychology, Physical Education, Physics, Religious Education.

For Primary training you will find details of our partner schools on the St John Bosco Primary school website.

How do I apply

Apply through the website. Search for "St John Bosco Cathlic School Alliance, Holly Lodge High School" as the training provider. Before you apply you will need to consider the following eligibility criteria-

  • Degree 2:2 or higher (ideally your degree should relate to the subject you wish to teach, although depending on your circumstances we will consider your Level 3 qualifications)
  • GCSE A*-C grades in English and Maths (and Science if applying for Primary)
  • School Experience. Although not a requirement of making an application, recent experience of working or volunteering in a school will assist your application and help you to be happy in your choice of career.
  • The getintoteaching website provides useful information on applications. Your application must convey your passion and commitment to teaching; it should refer to any experience in the classroom and explain why you would make a good teacher.

Following your application we will invite you for interview at Holly Lodge. At interview, we will want to find out about your qualities and skills that give you the potential to train to be a teacher. There will also be a short activity with students to assess the way you relate to young people. We may also ask that you visit the host school if you have chosen a particular location to train at.

It is possible that following a successful interview that we will make taking a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course(SKE) as a condition of your offer. These courses support you in your preparation for teacher training and are delivered online or at our partner universities.

When should you apply

Applications through UCAS open in October and we will accept applications up to the end of July, to begin teacher training the following September. We will continue to recruit until places on individual courses are full; therefore, it is recommended that you apply as early as possible to ensure there are vacancies in your chosen subject and training location.

Still Interested

If you would like to know more about our teacher training opportunities (Primary and Secondary) contact Ian Melling (Assistant Head Teacher responsible for Initial Teacher Training)imelling@holly-lodge.org

Mr.Ian Melling

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