Our School Direct Programme


We shortlist trainee teachers who can demonstrate the following, as well as meet our entry requirements:

A personal statement which will be marked against the following criteria:

  • Written in Standard English with no ambiguities or grammatical errors;

  • The candidate's ability to reflect upon what they have learned from their experience in an educational setting;

  • The candidate's ability to reflect upon how their individual qualities and skills would be an asset to primary schools.

Applications must be supported by two strong academic and/or employer references. On enrolment, original certificates of degree awards and GCSEs must be produced.


We will invite shortlisted applicants to an interview.

  • The first part of the interview day will consist of a Maths and English test. 

  • Candidates will be asked to deliver a storytelling session to a class (20 minutes max), followed by a short reflection on this session with the interview panel.

  • Candidates will then be required to give a short presentation demonstrating an awareness of the role of a teacher, as well as some knowledge of current issues in primary education.

  • Finally, candidates will undertake a formal interview which will include a series of questions.

Kingswood Primary School (Upper Site)

188 Gipsy Road


SE27 9RD

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