School Direct

Coventry West School Direct Alliance

Finham Park School ( is the lead for a group of secondary schools in the west of Coventry who are looking to recruit high quality graduates into the teaching profession. Schools in our alliance include;

Please see the grid below to see what subjects schools are offering and then see the school sections of the profile to explore more information specific to these offers. Please note that all places are School Direct Training.

Subject Barr’s Hill School and Community College Cardinal Newman
Catholic School
Finham Park School President Kennedy
Tile Hill Wood School and Language College Allocated places
  School & Course info School & Course info School &
Course info
School & Course info School & Course info  
Art & Design           1
Biology           1
Chemistry           3
Computer Science           2
Design & Technology CLOSED
Drama           0
English           5
Geography           4
History           1
Mathematics           6
Modern Languages           3
Physical Education           1
Physics           3
Business Studies           1

Click here for more information about Warwick University.

Trainees will complete their PGCE with QTS at the University of Warwick Centre for Professional Education. Four days a week will be spent in the host school with the other day spent at the University of Warwick engaging in reflective practice, preparation for Masters level research and developing professional understanding. Subject knowledge development will be developed through school based practice and University support. All trainees will also complete a second placement at a complementary school. Successful completion of Masters Assignments will give candidates 90 CATS towards an MA in Educational Innovation.

Entry Requirements (in-line with the University of Warwick requirements)

  1. 1. You have graduated, or are about to graduate from a British university or College of Higher Education with an honours degree, normally a 2:1 or higher if applying for English, History or Drama and at least 2:2 for remaining subjects. If  you are an overseas student with a qualification recognised as equivalent to a British degree in the above mentioned classifications.
  2. 2. Normally, a significant proportion of your degree must be in chosen subject.
  3. 3. On application you hold at least Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Other qualifications may be approved as equivalent. The University of Warwick offer equivalency tests in English and Mathematics for international applicants (PGCE Secondary only) who are unable to show evidence of equivalent qualifications in English and Mathematics gained outside of the UK.

DfE Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy will also need to be completed before the course commences. We recommend that candidates consider completing the Skills Tests as close to application as possible.

We expect candidates to have had some experience of mainstream UK schools to become familiar with the atmosphere and demands of the age phase they are applying for.


All applications should be made through the website.
Visit the lead school website at as well as the university website at to ensure that you have researched what is available in detail.

It is very important that there are no breaks in your employment history. All time must be accounted for otherwise this will delay your application being processed and could lead to it being rejected.

Within the personal statement it is important that you include information about:

  • Why you want to teach and why working with young people is important to you
  • How your degree and its content links to your chosen curriculum subject and its teaching
  • What school experience you have had and what you have learned from this (consider at this stage the school you are applying to, what relevance does your experience have in their context?)
  • Other relevant experience that demonstrates your skills (particularly add information about any wider experience of working with young people such as sports coaching, uniformed organisations, youth work or mentoring)
  • What are your personal strengths that will support you in teaching? Try to give examples of where you have demonstrated these strengths.
  • Why the School Direct route into teaching is interesting to you.
  • How you could contribute to the school.

Please ensure that your application has been proof read and checked for accuracy before submission.

Click here to view a PDF on why teaching could be the career for you.