Initial Teacher Training

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 2019-2020 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 (

For 2019-2020, 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.

Please contact Amanda Brigden if you would like any further details about training to teach with us.

Applying To Train To Teach


Search for available training routes with us through the DfE search service where you will find out further information about the courses, schools, entry requirements and interview process. You will need to search under our provider code which is 2KM to find our courses.


Applications for 2019-2020 recruitment open through UCAS on 9 October 2018 (

As part of the process of being accepted on to an ITT provider course you will need to pass a numeracy and literacy skills test. Further details about these can be found at this link


The DfE have now published information on the Financial Incentives package for ITT 2019.  Details are available on both the Get Into Teaching website and on the website

Information on scholarships available for Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Computing, Languages and Geography trainees is also available

Gaining School Experience

To help you decide whether teaching is right for you, we support a scheme called the School Experience Programme (SEP) in conjunction with the National College for Teaching and Leadership. This scheme allows you to visit Aylesbury High School to experience what it is like to be a teacher before applying for an Initial Teacher Training course. If you would like further information about the SEP or to register to book a school experience visit, please visit Once you have registered for the scheme you will be able to select a date to visit the school.

Dates we are offering this year (2018-2019) are: 11 October, 1 November, 4 December, 17 January, 7 February, 7 March, 25 April, 6 June.


Taster Days

Events coming up this term where you can come along and find out more about how you can train to teach:

Astra SCITT Taster Day 

Wednesday 15th May 2019, 4.30pm – 6.30pm, at Aylesbury High School, Walton Road, Aylesbury HP21 7sx

Book a place using this link 

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.