Initial Teacher Training

School-centred initial teacher training is now one of the best ways to begin, or progress, your career in education. Cheltenham Bournside School will offer you professional support, guidance and has a proven track record in producing highly employable, fully trained teachers.

Throughout your training programme, you’ll be given a challenging and lively blend of theoretical learning and classroom-based practice. You’ll gain a full insight into current curriculum expectations, access up-to-the-minute thinking on teaching ideas and learn what turns a good teacher into a great teacher.

A representative of BBC Radio Gloucestershire attended our recent taster day and spoke to the participants, as well as having a try themselves:

Bournside showed the confidence it had in teacher development in allowing potential trainees to teach an initial, 30 minute PSHE lesson. The feedback I received, and the enjoyment I had in teaching the pupils, made sure that when joining the University of Worcester later in the year, I knew I wanted to carry out my main placement at Bournside. I have had a tremendous training experience at Bournside and the support of my mentors, the English department, senior leaders, and all the pupils I have had the pleasure of teaching has played no small part in ensuring that I finish my PGCE as an Outstanding teacher, confident and able to kick on with my new career in September.

Jonathan – University of Worcester

From the moment I joined Bournside, I was treated like a proper member of staff and made to feel very welcome and supported. I have had exceptional mentoring within both the department and the whole school and I have greatly benefited from the wide range of professional development sessions offered. The feedback given from staff is always constructive and has helped me to shape my classroom practice and improve as a teacher. The school’s ethos and policies make it a fantastic place to train and I am very grateful for the invaluable start it has given me in my career.

Arianne, Bristol University

I attended the taster day at Bournside school. It was a wonderful day, well structured and organised with a great mix of activities and break. I found it all very informative and helpful to affirm my decision to apply for a PGCE.

Taster Day (September 2017) participant