Train to Teach with Bedford High School and Kingsbridge Initial Teacher Training

Bedford High School is part of a group of Wigan schools offering Initial Teacher Training. Our Partnership offers an outstanding place to learn and provides a supportive and tailored learning opportunity in partnership with our partner Kingsbridge Teacher Training.

The partnership has been judged ‘good’ with ‘outstanding’ features by Ofsted for both Primary and Secondary phases.

We are pleased to be offering School Direct training in 2023/24.

All Kingsbridge partner schools have experience of teacher training and are already supporting School Direct trainees. To train teachers brings many advantages to a school, and we fully embrace the energy, drive and enthusiasm that trainee teachers bring.

We are recruiting for the following School Direct courses for 2023/24:

• Primary Education (all phases)

• English

• Computing

• Mathematics

• Biology

• Chemistry

• Physics

• Geography

• History

• Religious Education

• Design & Technology

• Modern Languages (French, Spanish, German)

• Art & Design

• Drama

• Physical Education

For more details, please contact a member of the Kingsbridge Teacher Training team:


(01942 487999 Option 6)

Successful completion of this course leads to qualified teacher status (QTS) and a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with Masters credits.

Please note that all applications for School Direct must be made via UCAS.

Please check our website and twitter feed for information on recruitment events and observation days or contact kingsbridge@cfat.org.uk

Frequently asked questions


The teaching profession looks for the highest quality candidates, so you will need to meet the following requirements before you can be accepted for teacher training.

  • Hold and be able to provide certificated evidence of having an undergraduate degree conferred by a UK university or an equivalent qualification. Most successful applicants will have 2:1 degree classification or better, a candidate with a 2:2 degree classification will be considered, if he or she is able to provide additional evidence of potential, such as the award of a higher degree or substantial relevant professional experience.
  • Have achieved at least a grade C or above in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs (or approved equivalents).
  • For PE and Science subjects you will also need at least a C (or equivalent) grade in GCSE Science.
  • Teaching is physically and mentally demanding, and there are fitness requirements set by the Department for Education for applicants to initial teacher training programmes.

Further entry requirements

All students starting an Initial Teacher Training (ITT) are also required to pass the Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy before the start of the programme. You should submit an application as early as possible via UCAS teacher training (applications open early October) and then make arrangements to take the skills tests.

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.


You will need to provide two references to accompany your UCAS application. Your application cannot be processed without them. We recommend that you start your references early as often this element of the application process is the slowest.

School Observations

We recommend that applicants spend some time observing lessons in a UK school. All observational experience should provide an opportunity to gain insight into teaching, learning and reflection upon the professional responsibilities of teachers.