Welcome to St Peter’s Training School
St Peter’s Training School facilitates recruitment and provides professional support programmes for all our teaching staff, starting with the Initial Teacher Training year, through to our NQT and RQT support, and continuing onto identifying potential middle leadership and ultimately preparation for senior roles. There is a synergy between all phases of training and support, closely linked to the teaching standards and the annual performance review cycle.
St Peter’s has taken a leading role in teacher-training since the founding of the Gloucestershire Initial Teacher Education Partnership (GITEP) in 1993. The majority of our trainees are from the GITEP partnership, a significant number of whom opt to complete the PGCE qualification alongside gaining QTS. We also support teaching placements from the University of Bristol and occasionally other training providers. We continue to make a huge commitment to initial teacher training and to maximise opportunities for teachre development within the whole school. Over one third of our staff are GITEP trained, some of them having received their training here at St Peter’s, and a significant number of our former trainees now have middle leadership roles within the school.
The training school’s remit is overseen by the Training Managers, Vice Principal, NQT Induction Tutor and link governor. Within ITT, a large number of our staff contributes to training, offering sessions to support meeting the teaching standards, lesson observations, and involvement in training moderation visits. Over thirty staff have experience in ITT mentoring. In recent years every department has been involved in teacher training. In addition to providing training to those on placement, we host ‘Teacher Taster Days’ and opportunities for lesson observations. We are frequently contacted by former students and parents of the school wishing to train with us, which is a great accolade. More recently we have hosted the GITEP Internship programme and ITT Induction Conferences on behalf of GITEP which were well-received by trainees at the very start of the training year, as well as GITEP course committee meetings.
The presence of a number of teacher trainees at St Peter’s has made a significant impact to the development of innovative teaching. Trainees have conducted research which has contributed to the development of schemes of work, and school policies. They also make a considerable contribution to extra-curricular activities. Their energy and new ideas can be infectious and, as proven in our staff demographic, trainees are an essential source of recruitment to St Peter’s.
The training school team consists of:
Mr Andrew Copestake (Vice Principal)
Mrs Belinda Brown (Head of Food Technology)
Mr David Slaughter ( Head of History)
For further details, please contact TrainingSchTeam@sphs.uk.com
You can also contact Andy Copestake, St Peter’s Training School Manager, on 01452 509251