Aylesbury Vale Teaching Partnership and Initial Teacher Training


Welcome to the temporary home of the Aylesbury Vale Teaching Partnership, our newly designated Teaching School for mid and north Buckinghamshire.

Over the course of the next year we will be establishing AVTP in partnership with other schools.

CPD Opportunities

Pastoral Leader CPD Day Monday 19 June. Programme details here.

Leading and Developing Learning and Teaching in Schools Launch Meeting Tuesday 20 June 2017 at Aylesbury Grammar School. Programme details here.

Primary Leadership CPD Programme  Register by Friday 24 March 2017.

Waddesdon School are running a Free Research programme for teaching staff in Aylesbury Vale schools this year. Click here for further details.

Sir Henry Floyd Grammar School are running NPQML and NPQSL programmes this year. Click for further details on the NPQML and NPQSL.

Routes into Teaching

School Experience Programme (SEP)

To help you decide whether teaching is right for you, AHS supports a scheme called the School Experience Programme in conjunction with the National College for Teaching and Leadership. This scheme allows you to visit the school to experience what it is like to be a teacher before applying for an ITT course. If you would like further information about the SEP, please visit http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/school-experience/sep. Once you have registered for the scheme you will be able to see which dates are available for you to visit us at the school.


There are several routes you can take for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) at Aylesbury High School:


We are offering bursary led/fee funded QTS only and QTS with PGCE training places through the ASTRA Alliance SCITT (www.astra-alliance.comfor 2017-2018 in the following subjects:

Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, Design & Technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Maths, MFL (French), Music, PE, Physics and Religious Education

The Astra Alliance has been awarded status as a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider, working with the Institute of Education (UCL) for the PGCE qualification to provide high quality training placements. During the training year, all trainees will have the opportunity to spend time in at least one other of the partnership schools to ensure a contrasting and comprehensive experience. The Alliance has considerable experience of training teachers and recognises and values the enthusiastic contribution that they make to our school communities. Staff at the training 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. Please click here to access the ASTRA prospectus.

There will be four Open Events coming up if you would like to find out more about training to teach through ASTRA:

Wednesday 5th October 2016 2:00-4:00pm at Dr Challoner’s Grammar School, Amersham

Monday 7th November 2016 1:00-3:00pm at Aylesbury High School, Aylesbury

Wednesday 16th November 2016 4:30-6:30pm at Gerrards Cross CE Primary School, Gerrards Cross

Thursday 23rd February 2017 2:00-4:00pm at The Misbourne School, Great Missenden

All sessions are open to prospective Primary and Secondary trainees to attendTo reserve a place, please email gby@challoners.org – stating details of which subject/specialism you wish to train in, and which Open Afternoon you would like to attend.

Buckingham Partnership SCITT

We offer school based teacher training options through the Buckingham Partnership SCITT (www.bpscitt.uk) to gain your QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) and PGCE. Trainees meet weekly at the SCITT’s dedicated training centre based at the Royal Latin School for training sessions delivered by outstanding practitioners in their field. Bursaries of up to £30k are available. For those already working in a school with substantial teaching experience the SCITT also offers the Assessment Only route, offering you the chance to gather a portfolio of evidence against the teachers standards to gain your QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). If you are a qualified teacher and want to develop further subject expertise and be qualified to teach Maths, MFL or Physics, the TSST (Teacher Subject Specialism Training) route is the option for you. The Buckingham Partnership prides itself on developing trainees both academically, professionally and pastorally. The SCITT works closely with all our trainees to ensure the course meets individual needs.

We are offering training places with the Buckingham Partnership SCITT for 2017-2018 in the following subjects:

MFL, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Maths, English, Geography, History and PE.

Please click here for information about Buckingham Partnership teacher taster days in 2016 and 2017.


General ITT Information

Applications for 2017-2018 recruitment open through UCAS on 18 October 2016 (www.ucas.com)

To enquire further about ITT routes at AHS, please contact:  sjeffreys@ahs.bucks.sch.uk or abrigden@ahs.bucks.sch.uk

More information about SCITT/School Direct teaching routes can be found at: Get Into Teaching

Generous bursaries are available for trainees; for more information see Bursaries and funding