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The St James's Teaching Partnership is focused on providing all pupils the opportunity to access high quality teaching and learning to help them reach their full potential. We want to be the inspiration that drives them to achieve their dreams. With this in mind we are committed to training the next generation of outstanding teachers.

‘Train, Teach, Lead’

Your Career in Education Starts with us

Our School Direct programme is bespoke to each individual trainee and your teacher training journey. But it doesn’t end there. As a National Teaching School we track your career once you qualify and support you throughout your professional development for years after you gain QTS. We have a vast CPD programme which we encourage all trainees to access during your training year. Our former trainees can access bespoke training as they develop into effective teachers, middle and senior leaders, should they wish to follow this career path.

Our partnership is made up of a wide variety of schools including both faith and non-faith schools. Currently there are 27 schools in our partnership and are all based in Bolton and Bury. Head Teachers in the local areas are determined to attract outstanding practitioners into their schools and we work collaboratively to ensure our programme supports this. We are proud to have four OUTSTANDING schools within our partnership showing excellence really is at the forefront of what we do.

Our programme is run in collaboration with Liverpool Hope University, who provide the PGCE elements to the course. 



Schools within our Partnership

St James CE High School (Lead School)

Little Lever High School

ESSA Academy

St Joseph's RC High School

Sharples School

Bury Church of England High School

Canon Slade School

Bolton St Catherine's Academy

Bolton Muslim Girls School

Bolton Impact Trust

The Forward Centre

Lever Park School

Youth Challenge PRU

Personal Learning Centre

Park School Teaching Service

Smithills School

Westhougthon High School

St Peters Farnworth Primary (Lead Primary)

St James's Primary

Highfield Primary

St Johns Primary

Queensbridge Primary

All Saints Primary

Kearsley West Primary

The Ferns Primary Academy

The Orchards Nursery School

Cherry Tree Primary School

Bishop Bridgeman CE Primary School


Why choose School Direct?

School Direct courses last an academic year and result in qualified teacher status (QTS), along with a PGCE.

You’ll train in two of our partner schools, getting the chance to learn ‘on the job’ and ‘from the best’. But don’t worry about being thrown in at the deep end; you’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors. That means you won’t be teaching classes unsupported until the school thinks you’re ready.

The principles of academic rigour on School Direct are the same as on university-led courses, too. You’re equally eligible for a training bursary or scholarship and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.

As a School Direct provider we recruit our own trainees, allowing our partner schools to train teachers and ‘grow our own’ in subjects and schools where there could potentially be employment opportunities in the near future. With this in mind there is a possibility that successful trainees may go on to work in one of the schools in which they were trained, although there is no absolute guarantee of employment at the end of the training.

For more information on School Led ITT, including application process, tuition fees and bursaries please visit the get into teaching website:


Applications for 2020

Opened October 2019

Apply via www.ucas.com  

 For more information on ITT within our partnership email: training@st-james.bolton.sch.uk  or follow us on twitter @TrainingStJames