ITT Information for applicants

Welcome to All Saints Initial Teacher Training

All Saints is a popular, high achieving and happy school located in the heart of the historic City of York, our split site school offers excellence in education. Steeped in history, we are immensely proud that our school is unique in its learning environment, its people and its ethos.

Our GCSE results are in the top 25% of UK schools and the results of our thriving Sixth Form are in the top 10%. In our latest Ofsted inspection report we are rated Outstanding in every area. We are proud to be a Lead School, working together with partner schools, the University of York and York St John University.

We offer high-quality Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to graduates and career changers joining the teaching profession. As a trainee teacher with us, you will have access to specialist training and become immersed in the school and classroom experience, which will equip you with the knowledge, skills and expertise needed to become an excellent teacher.

If you would like further information and support, including arranging a School Experience Visit please contact one of our team who will be pleased to help you.


Get in Touch

E-mail:  [email protected]

Telephone: 01904 545258


Why Train With Us?

Learn from outstanding teachers and school leaders working within our partnership schools.

Our programme is delivered in conjunction with the University of York, and York St John University, highly-respected HEIs and providers of Initial Teacher Training. 

We can support you during your training year and beyond, ensuring you have a clear career path into teaching and future roles.

Your dedicated professional tutors and experienced subject mentors will ensure you always receive the support you need to succeed.

Employment rates remain high each year, with many York PGCE graduates being sought for employment as newly qualified teachers by schools in the Yorkshire and Humberside region.


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About Our Training Programmes


School Experience

School experience forms the backbone of the PGCE course.

The pattern of school experience allows trainees to gain deepening insights into teaching and learning, and systematically supports the development of professional knowledge and teaching skills.

University tutors and school teachers work together to manage school experiences, to link these to university-based activities and to direct trainees to appropriate reading.



The practical teaching requirements and formal written assignments are designed not just to provide evidence that trainees have met the Teachers’ Standards but also as useful learning activities in themselves. Written coursework is assessed at Masters Level. On successful completion of the course you will be awarded 60 M-level credits.

Assessment is continuous – there are no final examinations.

How Placements Work

Over the course of the year you will undertake two school placements. These offer opportunities to learn from experienced teachers and hone your professional skills. You’ll spend time observing and supporting lessons, before moving on to teach lessons by yourself, building up to a 50% teaching timetable by the end of your first placement.

In your second placement you’ll take responsibility for teaching classes, supervised by an experienced teacher. You’ll gain experience teaching students of different ages and abilities, helping with assessment, coursework and examinations, as well as parents’ evenings and school outings.

Over your two placements you’ll have opportunities to observe, plan, teach and assess pupils at a wide range of attainment in Key Stage 3 and 4. You’ll also get some experience teaching at post-16 level.

You’ll be expected to get involved in wider school life by, for example, working as a form tutor, taking part in meetings, contributing to extracurricular activities and communicating with parents and carers.

Course Fees

2021-22 Fees: £9,250 (Home/ EU). Further information about course fees can be found here

Training With a Disability

Our partners actively promote inclusivity and have a dedicated team who can advise and support students with a disability or long-term health condition. If you disclose any individual requirements to us, we will do our utmost to ensure that all reasonable adjustments are made so you can feel supported and able to fully engage with your training.

Examples of How We Can Offer Support Include:

– working with you to find suitable school placements
– ensuring that you have a ‘Student Support Plan’ in place, if necessary, which will include any assessment requirements you may have (e.g. extra time in examinations)
– providing learning materials and resources in accessible formats
– signposting to specialist colleagues who can advise about funding support for students with a disability

Entry Requirements


Your Academic Qualifications

You should have at least a 2ii class bachelor’s degree from a United Kingdom higher education institution, or equivalent, in the subject you wish to teach. If you hold a joint degree at least 50% of your degree should relate to the subject you wish to teach. All trainees entering the course must have obtained GCSE at Grade C/ level 4 or higher or an equivalent qualification in English Language and Mathematics.


Other Entry Requirements

Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and criminal record checks are undertaken for all applicants who accept a place on one of our School Direct courses.

Teaching can be a physically and mentally demanding profession. All applicants who accept a place our School Direct programmes will be required to complete a health declaration form so we can assess whether they have the health and physical capacity to teach.

Finally, we will ask applicants for the names of two people who can provide a confidential reference outlining their skills and suitability to teach.


What We Are Looking For

Candidates should be prepared to engage in educational issues beyond their immediate day-to-day activities, and to examine – in a critical but constructive way – the current educational system and practice.

Participation in the PGCE course is an active process. Although there are lectures and presentations, much of the course centres on workshops, seminars, and school and classroom activities. Activities emphasise team work, and require students to share the responsibility for their learning. Throughout the course, trainees are given guidance and support by mentors in school as well as their university tutors.

Applications are welcomed from candidates who have done some teaching or have been employed in some other occupation, or have done some voluntary service either in this country or abroad. It would be useful for you to gain experience of secondary education by observing lessons in a school.


What Do Our Students Expect?

Our students want teachers who are approachable, respectful, patient, hard-working and act as good role models. You should be able to explain ideas about your subject clearly to students, whatever their ability.


How We Select Our Trainees

No applicant will be admitted to the course without interview. Normal procedure is invitation to interview by email following consideration of your application by admissions tutors.

University staff, school teachers and partners are involved in the selection of trainees. Normal selection procedures involve tasks, group activities and a written test as well as a personal interview.


Processing Your Application

When you submit your application through UCAS it goes first to our training providers. 

Your application is then sent to All Saints RC School and our partner schools for consideration. Candidates are then shortlisted and invited for an interview.


Visiting All Saints RC School 

You are welcome to visit All Saints RC School (the base for the training element of the course). This will allow you to see our facilities and meet some of the staff who you will be working with during your ITT year.