ITT and School Direct

Applications for School Direct for September 2021-2022 are now open


What is School Direct?

School Direct is an innovative route into teaching which enables schools to take a leading role in initial teacher training through working in partnership with accredited ITT providers. Loreto Grammar School currently has an alliance of 8 secondary schools and works in partnership with 2 university providers – Manchester Metropolitan University and The University of Manchester.
Successful completion of School Direct leads to a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). Manchester University offers additional M-Level credits which can be used towards a Master’s Degree, should you wish to do additional training at a later date.
Loreto Grammar School offers School Direct places in the following subjects at our alliance schools in the Trafford area: Chemistry, Computer Science, English, Geography, History, Mathematics, MFL (French with Spanish or German), Physics, Religious Education.
As with most school-centred initial teacher training programmes, there is a possibility that successful trainees will then go on to work in one of the schools in which they were trained – although this is not guaranteed.
Why choose Loreto?
Loreto Grammar School is an over-subscribed, voluntary-aided selective girls’ grammar school with academy status. Our students are in the top 50% of the ability range in and beyond Trafford.
We ensure that all of our trainees have a solid foundation upon which to build their teaching career at secondary level. We hope that our friendly and supportive ethos combined with high quality training from our committed and experienced subject mentors will ensure that you become a confident and well-rounded teacher.   
We aim to offer you as wide a teaching experience as possible within your year as a trainee teacher. Our alliance schools have been carefully selected to ensure that they provide you with a broad range of teaching experiences whilst working alongside some truly outstanding teachers.
School Direct is supported by a broad programme of professional development seminars, covering a range of whole school issues.
Our training includes:
  • Observation of outstanding lessons
  • Support from outstanding teachers
  • Trained Subject Mentors
  • Quality assurance across the alliance
  • A wide range of professional development opportunities
  • Unique opportunity to visit special schools
  • Our Professional Mentor has many years' experience in running School Direct
Interested in School Direct?
If you are interested in the School Direct programme for 2021-2022, you should:
  • Check that you meet the university requirements for your chosen HE provider, subject and phase.
  • Visit the websites of our alliance schools for more information.
  • Complete an application form on the UCAS website.
Interviews will take place at the lead school, Loreto Grammar School. If you have any questions regarding our secondary training programmes please feel free to contact our Professional Mentor, Ariadne Baker:
Successful applicants will begin their training in September 2021 with our excellent induction programme. 
Subjects on offer - listed by University Provider:
Manchester Metropolitan University
  • Computer Science
  • Religious Education

The University of Manchester

  • Chemistry
  • Business with economics
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • MFL (French with German or Spanish)
  • Physics

Affiliated Secondary Schools - Listed by University Provider:

Manchester Metropolitan University / Manchester University

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For further details of School Direct, including tuition fees and bursaries, visit the Department of Education website:
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Posted on: 22/10/2021

Summer School 2021

Loreto was delighted to provide an optional Summer School funded by the Department for Education to support pupils in making up for education missed during the Covid-19 pandemic. This was a welcome opportunity to offer all new year 7 students an insight into the Loreto Community and also additional support for some of our Year 10 students to recover lost curriculum and prepare for year 11. Year 7 Summer School A choice of 2 different weeks were offered to all incoming Year 6 students (our new Year 7) and this flexibility, together with the overwhelming support from parents and carers, ensured a take up of more than 87% of the year group. With the help of staff and sixth form students the aim of the weeks was to support the transition from primary school to secondary school. We gave the new students an opportunity to experience the school environment and ethos without the daunting aspect of many other students. The students were split into groups, to facilitate greater social interaction and allow new friendships to be formed.  In a very short space of time, we saw their confidence grow along with their awareness of the Loreto community.   The students were fortunate to be able to experience many different aspects of a secondary school curriculum. Over the course of the Summer School two weeks, pupils were able to engage in a mixture of academic and enrichment activities in Science, Mathematics, English, History, Geography, Music workshops, Creative Arts, Languages and even an indoor planetarium. The students also grew their talents and explored the arts and this will lead to their Arts Award qualification during 2021/22. An enlightening experience for the whole Loreto community – both staff and pupils alike.    The students also had the invaluable opportunity to meet new peers and get to know each other in their new setting, particularly during their free time at break and lunch. The students also had tours of the school to prepare them ahead of the start of the academic year, guided by a sixth former perspective.   Feedback from students and parents\carers   “I just wanted to drop you a note to say Thank You for hosting a wonderful summer school last week. My daughter had an awesome week meeting new friends, exploring the school and of course learning lots!  It really was a fabulous week and now she is excited and ready for September.  Please pass on our thanks to the teachers, sixth-formers and all the staff.”  “I'd also like to take this opportunity to say thank you to all the staff involved in putting on this week. It has been great for the girls to get the chance to feel a bit more comfortable in their new surroundings and start making new friends. After a long and testing academic year it really is very generous of so many people to volunteer their time. “  Year 10 Summer School The Year 10 summer school in English offered provision for students to benefit from additional support in both English Language and English Literature. This included some revision of key skills including language analysis and reading strategies and introductory work on a set text in English Literature. It enabled some diagnosis of student's needs in order to inform an ongoing programme of support throughout year 11. Summer School Funding Funds Claimed from the Department for Education (695 student days of summer school) £39,485 NB Loreto delivered the summer school at 5% less than the DfE allocation of £299 per student per week with an actual average cost of £285 Costs:- Staffing – including all oncosts for 36 external and internal teaching and support staff (11 days of summer school delivered) £18,506 Daily refreshments and lunch for all attendees £3,740 Special activities – hire of planetarium £590 Educational resources for all subjects taught (including full moderation and certification of the Arts Award) £7,027 Educational resources – including allowable investment in technology and equipment (demonstrating good value for money as this will be used subsequently for the long term benefit of the pupils) £7,649 Other – site costs and cleaning £1,973 Total Cost £39,485  Read More
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