Why Train With GST

The ability to engage with like-minded subject trainees and qualified specialists will help you to develop both your subject knowledge and pedagogy. 

Enrolment onto our teaching programme will provide you with access to:

  • Regular mentoring by leading professionals who have secured exceptional outcomes in the role you have your sights set on
  • Weekly academy CPD in addition to the training programmes for initial teacher training
  • The trust’s ‘Pedagogy’ manual, peer-reviewed by teachers, with contributions from respected commentators and practitioners, offering new directions for innovative classroom practice
  • The trust’s online teaching and leadership platform with access to thousands of articles, journals and papers through an online gateway presenting up-to-date research articles from research teams and practitioners across the world
  • Opportunities to share in online and face-to-face communities seeking to build the profession’s capacity for research and innovation via national and regional events, activities and a directory for members wanting to collaborate in exploring specific aspects of practice.

On successful completion of the course you will receive Qualified Teacher Status with a PGCE with 60 Masters level credits. If you choose to train to teach with The Great Schools Trust you will enjoy: 

  • Training days delivered at our core school which is King’s Leadership Academy in Warrington. This will be delivered by highly skilled, current practitioners who have contributed to King’s Leadership Warrington gaining Outstanding status by Ofsted.
  • Training that is research based and begins with a needs analysis so that your training will be personalised to recognise the strengths you can bring to teaching as well as meeting your needs in becoming an outstanding practitioner. 
  • Our well-trained subject and school mentors who will provide quality feedback to enable you to make rapid progress and put your learning into action immediately in the classroom. Initial placements will be within our Trust but this will be supplemented by an opportunity to undertake additional bespoke training in a range of secondary, special schools and alternative provision. 
  • Commitment to supporting you to find your first teaching position either within our academy trust or outside. Our aim is to provide a path to leadership and we hope that our commitment to supporting you in your teacher training means that you will stay with us for support with your career as you progress within our outside of the trust.



I joined the school direct programme after working for over a decade in the science and technology industry. I had always been involved in one way or another with education in my previous roles - starting out as an apprentice I had a vested interest in the future apprentices joining the sector. Joining the schools direct programme was, for me, like starting a new apprenticeship in teaching. I was able to get straight into the classroom and start learning from experienced mentors and lecturers from day one. Being placed at king's was incredible. The values which are core to the schools ethos chimed with my own set of personal values but more so I was blown away by the level of autonomy, trust and value that was given to me by the staff and leadership team. My mentor was dedicated to guiding me through my training year and has continued to provide help and support as my career progresses. I am currently an RQT and have the position of Head of KS5 science and BTEC provision within my department. It wouldn't be possible for me to fulfill this role if it wasn't for the encouragement and CPD advancement I have received during my training and NQT years. 

Tom Morris


Teacher of Science


I was placed at King’s Leadership Academy Hawthornes, for my home-school placement. I was not only supported to the utmost, but welcomed, with open arms, by a group of like-minded individuals who share the same values as I do. I was offered the highest quality training from my subject mentor, who offered me dedicated time to guide me. Currently, I am completing my NQT year at Kings Leadership Academy Hawthornes, and it is an honour to be a permanent member of the school. The weekly CPD training provides me with the opportunity to critically think and reflect about the pedagogy and theory I have applied to my own practice. I am extremely grateful to Kings Leadership Hawthornes, who have shaped me to become the teacher that I am today.