"Following my year of training at GHF on the School Direct program, I feel well prepared for my NQT year. Throughout my training, I have felt well supported by ​a range of staff members including my class mentor and my school's SLT, as well as LSBU staff.
Spending so much time in school has helped to increase my subject knowledge and allowed me to observe a very wide range of teaching and behaviour management techniques; all of which have contributed very positively to my development as a new teacher."


- Previous School Direct Trainee

School Direct

You will be aware that all UK schools are currently closed as a result of guidance issued by the Government on 20th March 2020. To enable us to follow the guidelines around social distancing and safe working practise in our schools, we have therefore taken the decision to temporarily suspend our School Direct recruitment for the time being. We hope to provide an update after 1st June 2020, once the proposed date for schools partially re-opening has passed. 

If you wish to express and interest in applying for a School Direct place, or to be notified of when our recruitment process re-opens, please contact us admin@ghfteachingschool.london


Kingswood Primary School is the lead school for Gipsy Hill Federation (GHF), a group of 6 primary schools across the boroughs of Lambeth and Southwark. All our schools provide an optimum learning environment in which high achievement, positive self-esteem, respect and educational excellence are valued by everyone in a caring and supportive atmosphere.

As a School Direct student you will be enriched with maximum peer support across our 6 schools and receive full support from a strong leadership team. You will be based in a class where you will receive support from an experienced class mentor a well as a school based mentor, University supervisor and academic advisor. You will benefit from contributing to a large and experienced team and being a part of a family of schools that provide an outstanding education. We have one mission and that is to provide a world class education to all our children.

The School Direct route at GHF works in partnership with London South Bank University (LSBU).  You will receive the same input from the University as PGCE students and at the end of the year-long course receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a PGCE, which includes Masters Level modules.  Students spend a minimum of 1 day per week at University and the rest of their time in our family of schools.

Successful candidates for salaried school direct places will receive a salary on the unqualified teacher scale at point one. Your University fees will be covered by the Federation.

We are currently accepting applications for the School Direct training route programme





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