ASTRA AYLESBURY HUB – Aylesbury High School is a School Direct Lead Hub for the Astra Alliance SCITT
This year we are thrilled to be offering unsalaried and salaried QTS only and QTS with PGCE training places for 2020-2021 in partnership with the Astra SCITT, recently judged as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted in all categories for initial teacher training. The full Ofsted inspection report is available via the Astra website (www.astra-alliance.com).
For 2020-2021, the following training places are available:
Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Maths, MFL, Music, PE, Physics and Religious Education
Schools that you can carry out your training placements through us are:
Aylesbury High School, Aylesbury Grammar School, Aylesbury Vale Academy, Cottesloe School, John Colet School, Mandeville School, Pebble Brook School, Princes Risborough School, Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School, The Grange School and Waddesdon CE School.
As well as awarding QTS through Astra’s core training programme every Wednesday, the SCITT also works with Goldsmiths, University of London for the optional PGCE qualification, worth 60 Masters credits.
Since 2013, the Astra partnership has considerable experience of training teachers and recognises and values the enthusiastic contribution that they make to our school communities. Employment rates for trainees are high and outcomes and completion rates are also well above national benchmarking figures. Expert staff in our schools will share their knowledge and good practice to ensure that trainees are well supported to develop into good and outstanding teachers. The programme is structured to allow trainees to develop the skills required to teach the subject that they are training in and to develop specific expertise for making a distinctive contribution to practice in their setting. We also aim to ensure the right trainee is matched to the right school for both main and second teaching placements and our interview process is rigorous and enjoyable.
Please click here to access the ASTRA prospectus.
Applying To Train To Teach
Search for available training routes with us through the ‘DfE Find’ search service https://find-postgraduate-teacher-training.education.gov.uk/start/location where you will find out further information about our courses, schools we work with, entry requirements and interview process. You will need to search under our provider code which is 2KM (Astra Aylesbury Hub) to find our courses.
Applications for 2020-2021 recruitment will open through UCAS Teacher Training on Tuesday 8 October 2019 (https://www.ucas.com/teaching-in-england) with DfE Find going live one week before, on Tuesday 1 October 2019. Applicants will be able to register and apply for entry from 8 October.
Please see the ASTRA Person Specification which you may find useful when you are applying.
The DfE have published information on the Financial Incentives package for ITT 2020-2021. Details are available on the Get Into Teaching website https://
Information on scholarships available for Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Languages and Geography trainees is also available https://getintoteaching.education.gov.uk/funding-and-salary/overview/scholarships
Gaining School Experience
To help you decide whether teaching is right for you we offer school experience days at Aylesbury High School to experience what it is like to be a teacher before applying for an Initial Teacher Training course.
Unfortunately due to school closures there are currently no school experience days offered. We hope to be able to offer experience days from September 2020.
Events coming up this term where you can come along and find out more about how you can train to teach:
Astra are holding two ‘live’ Webinar events where you can find out more about our courses and how to apply: one on 6th May, 2pm – 3.30pm, and one on 21st May, 11am – 12.30pm. Please click here for further information and how to register.
Teaching is a very rewarding career and whether you are straight out of university or a career changer it is important to be well informed about what the best way to train to teach is for you. For guidance on how to apply to teach, where you can train to teach, how to fund your training and more take a look at the Department for Education ‘Get into Teaching’ website.