Applications and Bursaries

All applications for teacher training must go through UCAS

Applicants should be able to see information about our training programmes on the UCASsite.

We also advise you to ensure that you have agreed and received references from two contrasting referees in order to submit your application.

Bursaries and Scholarships are available for unsalaried School Direct.

For the full breakdown of incentives, click here


Entry requirements:
A UK honours degree preferably at classification 2:1 or above or a recognised equivalent qualification in a relevant subject area.

(Though we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching.)

GCSE English, Maths (and Science for Primary) at Grade 4 (C) or above or equivalent*. You must have these at the time of applying

*For details of GCSE equivalents please contact Sheffield Hallam University on 0114 225 5555 If English is not your first language you need an IELTS average score of 7.0 with at least 6.5 in all skills or a TOEFL score of 570 (paper based) or 235 (computer based).


How we select:
St John’s Primary School and Penistone Grammar School ALC are the lead schools in the partnership and will be co-ordinating the recruitment process on behalf of the partnership.

We consider each application on its merits. Suitable applicants will be invited to a selection event involving an interview.

As you will be working with children, you will be required to complete a declaration of criminal convictions and health check forms.

The selection process will involve some time spent at one of the partnership schools and will include teaching a 10 minute observed session, 1:1 reading task with child and a personal interview.

You will be told in advance about the age group you will be teaching.

Our University partner and staff from other schools in the partnership may also be involved and have a say in the selection. It is a rigorous and thorough process, designed to get the best match of applicant to the places available

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St John The Baptist Primary School
High Street, Penistone, Sheffield S36 6BS

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Chapelfield Lane, Penistone S36 6FS