The School Direct Teacher Training Programme

Would you like to benefit from high quality on-the-job training and become a fully-qualified primary school teacher?

Our school is part of a growing number of schools leading the way for more school-led post-graduate (PGCE) teacher training. This is really important to us because it means we can choose the very best talent and develop them into teachers. Being able to choose who we train as teachers helps us in delivering the best outcomes for our pupils.

Church Drive Primary School Initial Teacher Training will mean a placement in one of the following schools, all graded at least good in their most recent OFSTED inspection: Church Drive Primary SchoolEgremont Primary SchoolGreat Meols Primary SchoolPoulton Lancelyn Primary SchoolSt. Andrew’s C of E Primary School or Stanton Road Primary School. We are a close network of successful schools, working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) to provide trainees with a PGCE qualification. We offer high quality training from school leaders across the network, fully trained mentors, regular chances to learn with other trainees, a good balance of practical and theoretical experience and help and support when you are ready to start applying for jobs.

We have vacancies now to start training from September 2018 and we would be very interested to hear from you if you are thinking of becoming a teacher. We’re looking for people who

  • have (or will have) a degree

  • want to learn

  • have a passion for teaching

  • want to inspire young people to fulfil their potential

This training would be suited to university graduates, people wanting a career change or anyone interested in having a career that makes a difference.

We’d love you to come and find out more about the exciting teacher training opportunities available. We will be holding an open evening event at Church Drive on Tuesday 17th October 2017, from 4- 5.30pm. This event will include a presentation led by LJMU at 4.30pm, besides being an opportunity to meet representatives from some of the schools and find out more.

We can also provide you with support and guidance on your application form and offer you school experience if you just want a taster of what teaching could be like.

For further information on what becoming a teacher might involve more generally, you can visit


School Direct at Church Drive Primary School

Church Drive Primary School is part of a group of Wirral schools offering school-led post-graduate (PGCE) teacher training through the School Direct Programme. Working in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University, we offer high quality on-the-job training within our well-established network of primary schools; you will benefit from a good balance of practical and theoretical experience, support from fully trained mentors and regular opportunities to learn and develop your skills alongside other trainees.

Church Drive Primary School can offer you:

  • A beautiful setting for Teacher Training in the historical village of Port Sunlight.

  • Placements across all key stages, including Foundation Stage 1 (Nursery) and Foundation Stage 2 (Reception).

  • Placement in a highly successful school where staff morale is high and there is a positive ethos centred on doing the best for our children.

  • Full support and training throughout the programme from a school-based mentor.

  • High quality support from school staff with a track record of developing outstanding teachers by the end of their placements.

How Do I Apply?

Applications for Initial Teacher Training courses all go through the Universities and Colleges Admission Service (UCAS). There is much helpful information about the courses available here on the UCAS site, and this page will take you through the application process. Click here to find out if you would be eligible for funding.

If you would like any support or advice on your application we would be happy to help - please get in touch.