School Direct 2016–17 (from September 2016)

As a Teaching School, St. Mary's Menston is extremely proud to be offering a flexible School Direct (salaried) programme in Mathematics and in Physics starting in September 2016.

School Direct is aimed at highly experienced and skilled individuals who are already in full time or part time employment but who may be considering a career change. Those following this training programme have the capability to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) in a shorter period of time. To support you with this move towards becoming a specialist teacher in Mathematics or Physics, you may be entitled to a salary up to £30,000.

If your degree isn't in the subject you wish to teach, you may be eligible for a bursary to enhance your subject knowledge before starting your training.

The school based training will be led by experienced staff at St. Mary's Menston, in partnership with Leeds Trinity University and allows you to train alongside serving teachers in an outstanding Academy Trust with the possibility of a job offer on successful completion of the course.

The programme will commence in September 2016; competition for places is expected to be high so early applications are encouraged.

To help overcome barriers, additional support includes:

  • Access to a high quality specialist knowledge enhancement (SKE) course (from May 2016)
  • An enhanced salary
  • Connections to affordable local childcare provision
  • Access to a dedicated personal tutor
  • The opportunity to access a set aside hardship fund
  • Opportunities to visit other schools in The Bishop Wheeler Catholic Academy Trust to gain school experience prior to application

How to Apply

Applications to both the Maths (abridged) course and the Physics (abridged) course need to be made via UCAS from October 2015.

Apply via the UCAS website (search for Menston in the training provider box)


If you require any further information or if you wish to make an initial enquiry please contact Fleur Doidge via or 0113 258 4593.

To explore other routes into teaching, please visit the Get Into Teaching website.