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Hungerhill School Hungerhill

ITT at Hungerhill

Train to Teach at Hungerhill School!

A high quality, hands-on teacher training programme, delivered by outstanding, practising teachers, providing you with the best environment in which to train.

Hungerhill School is the lead school in the Doncaster Partners in Learning Secondary Teaching School ITT Alliance. Our last Ofsted inspection was in October 2012, where we were designated as being outstanding in all areas. In August 2015 we became both a Teaching School and a National Support School. We deliver School Direct as a lead school for the Sheffield SCITT, which is owned and run by Notre Dame High School, Sheffield.

About our programme and the School Direct route:

Our mission is to recruit high quality candidates into teaching and retain them to meet the needs of our locality. Doncaster offers excellent opportunities for teacher training and for a continuing, rewarding career path. Our diverse alliance of school is extremely experienced and has been involved in delivering high quality teacher training for many years. 

Our partnership with sheffield SCITT

The Sheffield SCITT is owned and run by Notre Dame High School, Sheffield, which is not only an outstanding school but is also a National Teaching School with a strong background in teacher training.

Hungerhill chose to be a lead school for the Sheffield SCITT because of their excellent teacher training programme and their high success rate in producing outstanding trainees who are well-equipped for the high demands of teaching.

what is 'school direct'?

School Direct is an ideal choice for those of you who hope to secure a teaching post in the network of schools where you trained. It is all about training and learning in the very place you will eventually work in; the school itself! You will be part of a team from the very start, receiving personalised support from expert teachers and mentors: this means you won't be thrown in at the deep end but will gradually be able to find your feet in the classroom.

Our programme lasts a year and you'll train in at least two good schools. The principles of academic rigour in a School Direct programme are the same as on university-led courses. School Direct courses all result in Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). All this means that school-led courses have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction.

Find out more on the DfE's 'Get into Teaching' website. Especially important is the myth-busting information:

what is a 'scitt' and why choose this route?

With School Direct, you're selected for training by the ITT team at Hungerhill in partnership with the Sheffield SCITT. Choosing a SCITT gives you an alternative route into teacher training that allows you to be trained by experienced, practising teachers in a school-based setting, as well as complementing a University accredited PGC.

Our approach is based on what our partnership headteachers, who lead "good" and "outstanding" schools, are looking for in their Newly Qualified Teachers. They do not require the traditional, University-based PGCE qualifications (although our course does include Master's accreditation). Our headteachers recognise the quality of trainees who have spent the whole year in school, experiencing the full calendar cycle of the school year and being involved in every aspect of the professional teacher's role in their schools. They find teachers trained this way are better prepared for the rigours of qualified teaching and progress more quickly in their careers in their schools.

what does our programme involve?

The course is based on a full year in the classroom at Hungerhill or one of our partnership schools, with all trainees coming back to Hungerhill one day per week for training on various aspects of teaching and learning along with subject specific sessions. You will work across a range of age and ability groups in atleast two different school settings to fully stretch yourself, leading to qualified teacher status (QTS). Our partnership schools include Beverley Grammar School, Maltby Academy, Sir Thomas Wharton Academy and South Axholme Academy.

In additional to QTS we offer a flexible Master’s degree programme giving you 60 Master’s level credits with partner universities.  The Master’s modules can be certificated as a Post Graduate Certificate (PGC) or kept open to work up to a full Master’s degree later in your career.

what subjects do we offer?

We offer non-salaried School Direct training in the following secondary subjects:

  • Art and Design
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Design and Technology
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Modern Foreign Languages
  • Physical Education
  • Physics

which schools could i train in?

At Hungerhill, we offer choice in terms of the type of school and location across the Doncaster area to train and work in: at the same time we remain small enough to know every trainee as an individual and meet your personal training needs.

do i need a pgce to be a teacher?

You don't need a PGCE to teach in England. You just need QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) to teach in any maintained school in England and Wales. We don't offer a PGCE as we believe the high number of assignments can detract from what is truly important: becoming outstanding in the classroom. We do, however, believe in the value of research and how this can impact positively in the classroom if it is done in a manageable and effective way. For this reason we provide the opportunity to gain 60 Master’s level credits, accredited by the University of Sheffield, during your ITT and NQT years.

what funding is available to help me in my training year?

As with other teacher training routes, you’re equally eligible for a training bursary (or, where appropriate, scholarship) and can apply for the same financial support, such as student loans.

Fees are £9000 payable with student loan. Bursaries or scholarships of up to £30 000 are available in some subjects depending on your degree class.

For full details on finance visit


how do i apply?

You apply online at UCAS, from October 26th 2017, to start in September 2018. Follow these steps to apply:

- Go to   
- Under ‘Search for courses’ click on ‘Teacher Training’
- Under 'Search for a training provider’ type in Hungerhill


Please note that your application cannot be processed until your references are completed.


We then shortlist and invite to interviews held at Hungerhill School:

Stage 1 – Group Interview. Successful candidates will then be invited to Stage 2.

Stage 2 – Individual interviews and observing you working with children.

what are the entry requirements, and what experience do i need?

You need a relevant degree, along with maths and English GCSE grade C. Before you start the course you need to pass the national professional skills test (numeracy and literacy).

Recent relevant work experience is very important too. The School Experience Programme is a great way to find a structured placement in school which is committed to supporting people into teacher training. If you would like to book onto a School Experience day at Hungerhill School please use the following link:

If your degree isn't directly related to your subject or your knowledge a little rusty you might find a Subject Knowledge Enhancement programme helps you. These programmes are often funded as they are part of a government-lead initiative. We would be happy to supply further information and support your application for a course like this once you have applied to us.

can i see the school and get more information?

​We would be delighted to welcome you for a visit to Hungerhill School at any point in your application process, or for work experience through the School Experience Programme.

If you would like more information, please contact us using the following email address:

Also have a look at our ITT Facebook page to get to know us a bit better: