School Direct




The Penistone and Area Partnership is a fantastic place to work and learn. It provides a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University.  This is an inspirational partnership of 10 primary schools and 4 secondary schools, many of which have achieved Good or better Ofsted ratings, as has the education programme of its partner university.


The vision, shared by all the schools, is straightforward but powerful – ‘the highest standards of education and care for all’.  We prepare our young people to be responsible and ethical global citizens.  We equip them with the skills, knowledge and understanding that will allow them to develop the creativity, resilience and tenacity to take on the challenges of growing up in the 21st century.  We try to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers feel valued and supported.

The schools in the partnership have all worked with trainee teachers for many years and fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community.  A School Direct placement with us will provide an excellent experience, fully equipping you to excel in your NQT year and beyond.

Located in the beautiful surroundings of the Peak District and within easy commuting distance of Sheffield, Huddersfield and Leeds, a placement with Penistone Area Partnership offers you the opportunity to develop your practice in one of our excellent partner schools with the support of a dedicated and experienced team of staff.

As we have a diverse range of participating schools and settings within the partnership, we can offer you a wide range of teaching and training opportunities ranging from Key stages 1 to 5.  You will gain experience in the Key stage you wish to teach and have a short placement in the stages either side, confident in the knowledge that you are contributing to creating a culture where success is achievable for all.

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

Infant Site:

Chapelfield Lane, Penistone S36 6FS