Teacher Training at St Philomenas

Train to become an Outstanding teacher at St. Philomena's Catholic High School for Girls.

Teacher TrainingWhat is Sutton Secondary Teaching School Alliance?

The purpose of the Sutton Secondary Teaching School Alliance is to jointly develop best practice to develop Outstanding teachers within the Sutton Alliance. This gives trainees the best opportunity to develop specific expertise and understanding of the needs and requirements of schools within the Sutton LA.

As a training school within the Alliance we have a long history of training teachers. We are an Outstanding School and for the past two years we have had recognition for being in the top 100 schools nationally. In addition, Ofsted have ranked St. Philomena's School in the top quintile of key performance measures (Ofsted Data Dashboard).

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The English Subject Studies Hub

St. Philomena's School is the Hub School for English Subject Studies. As one of the Hub Schools within the Alliance we are responsible for the subject specific pedagogical training and development of English School Direct Training and School Direct Salaried Trainees. In 2013/14 the trainees successfully secured teaching jobs within the Alliance: Cheam High, St. Philomena's School, Blenheim High School, Stanley Park High School, Glenthorne High School, Greenshaw High School and Carshalton Boys Sports College and 100% of English trainees secured teaching posts.

Sutton SCITT

The SCITT led by Glenthorne High School offers the following subjects with a choice of three routes: 

Subject CORE SCITT School Direct
Non Salaried

School Direct

Biology Yes Yes Yes
Physics Yes Yes Yes
Chemistry Yes Yes Yes
English Yes Yes Yes
Maths Yes Yes Yes
MFL Yes Yes Yes
History Yes    
Drama Yes    
Design Technology Yes    
Physical Education Yes    
Music Yes    

 Schools Direct


This is an entirely school based course providing practical training underpinned by theoretical taught subject and professional studies sessions leading to Qualified Teacher Status.

School Direct Unsalaried

The non-salaried programme is school based providing  practical training underpinned by theoretical taught subject and professional studies sessions leading to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). The key difference is a specific school within the SCITT will be involved in the recruitment with a view to employing you at the end of the year and the PGCE is optional.

School Direct Salaried

We offer a limited number of School Direct Salaried places in priority secondary subjects, leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). This route is open to graduates with at least three years experience in the workplace.
Trainees on the School Direct Salaried programme will be employed directly by a school for the duration of their training.

 How to apply:

Applications for any our Initial Teacher Training pathways is through UCAS. 
To find our courses on UCAS you will need the codes which can be found on the Sutton SCITT website under Recruitment Process:


 The Interview Process:

If your application is successful you will be invited to an assessment day. Our assessment days are designed to assess your potential and aptitude to teach. Each assessment day follows the same format and you can expect to:

  • Undertake a group exercise
  • Teach a 20 minute lesson on a prescribed topic in your chosen subject
  • Complete a written task
  • Have an interview  

St Philomena’s Catholic High School for Girls

Pound Street

Carshalton Surrey


T: 020 8642 2025

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