Katie Leigh

November 25, 2013 in Testimonials

Department : – English

Degree: – English Language and Linguistics – University of York- 2.1

Why did you want to be a teacher?

  •  Passionate about my subject.
  • Inspired by my own teachers and family who work in the teaching profession.

Summary of school direct:

A more personalised route into teaching. Being part of the school community from the start of the year means I have been able to form excellent relationships with pupils and teachers.



November 25, 2013 in Testimonials

Department: – History

Degree: – 2.1  History at  Manchester Metropolitan University

I wanted to become a teacher to fulfil a passion for History and to relay this passion on to pupils. Having spent many years training and developing adults I wanted to use my skills to teach children. To be a teacher it is a privilege to see the pupils develop and fulfil their potential both socially and academically.

School direct is by far the best way to train to be a teacher, the exposure and opportunities that Blue Coat have given to us has been incredibly valuable and would not have happened via any other route.


November 25, 2013 in Testimonials

Department: – Science

Degree: – Geosciences (Bsc Hons) Open University – First class

I want to become a teacher because I really enjoy working with young people and have a passion for Science!

So far school direct has been the perfect route for me. I feel that classroom experience is the most vital part of teacher training and school direct has enabled me to spend more time in the classroom, therefore more time with the pupils than any other teacher training route. I really feel like part of the school community and am enjoying all aspects of school life.


November 25, 2013 in Testimonials

Department : –  Mathematics

Degree: – Mathematics at Manchester Metropolitan University – 2.2

Maths has always been my speciality and I’ve always wanted to share that knowledge with others. One of my biggest influences is my college Maths teacher who inspired me to go on and study maths at a higher level. His character and passion as a teacher inspired me to become a teacher.

School Direct is a very intense but enjoyable experience. I’m glad I made the decision to pursue this direction.


November 25, 2013 in Testimonials

Department: – History

Degree: – History First at Nottingham University

Why do you want to be a teacher?

  • Passionate about my subject
  • Want to make an impact on young people’s lives.

Summary of school direct :

  • Great experience in a welcoming school
  • The best way to do a  PGCE


November 25, 2013 in Testimonials

Department: – English

Degree: – Sports and Exercise Science with English 2.1 at University of Chester.

I want to help pupils to become well rounded individuals.

School direct has been a challenging course, but you are eased into the teaching process well. There is also plenty of support from peers and mentors.


November 25, 2013 in Testimonials

Department : – Religious Studies

Degree: – University of St Andrews, MA (Hons) Social Anthropology

First Class

I wanted to become an RS teacher to share my passion for religion, ethics and philosophy with young and enquiring young minds. Working with young people I consider a real privilege and to return to my old school to do this is fantastic.

School Direct thus far – Positively overwhelming ! The most satisfying challenge I have ever undertaken !

Rachel and Katrina

November 7, 2013 in Testimonials


I am a teacher of English. I was a specialist TA for 3 years at another school and decided to train as a teacher based on that experience. Having had so much classroom experience I didn’t want to give that up by going back to University full time.

The School Direct programme has been fantastic in the way it equips you with all the tools needed to face your NQT year with confidence and realistic expectations. The course allows you to see all aspects of the school year from day one; to be involved in every aspect of school life and to develop strong relationships with students over a longer period of time. It is a fully immersive experience.


I originally worked in the office at the Blue Coat School.  This reignited a deep-seated ambition of mine of becoming a maths teacher.  There can be no better place to receive training – in an outstanding school, within an outstanding department and with outstanding AST’s.  To have that level of training and support throughout the year is invaluable.

The big advantage of the school direct route is being part of the staff/team from the first day of term in a new school year.  The school gave me such a warm welcome and I was made to feel like a member of staff (even though you are technically a student).  You have the opportunity to become fully immersed in school life by taking on pastoral duties, as well as subject specific ones.