Initial Teacher Training

ASTRA Learning Alliance

ASTRA AYLESBURY HUB – AHS is a School Direct Lead Hub for the Astra SCITT

This year we are thrilled to be offering unsalaried and salaried QTS only and QTS with PGCE school-based training places for 2021-2022 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 2021-2022, the following training places are available:

Art & Design, Biology, Business Studies, Chemistry, Computer Science, 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, 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 Sarah Jeffreys or David Phillips 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 Find’ search service 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. The service will go live on Tuesday 6 October 2020 for the 2021-2022 recruitment round.


Applications for 2021-2022 recruitment will open on Tuesday 13 October 2020. Applicants can apply through one of two routes:

  1. UCAS Teacher Training
  2. DfE ‘Apply’

Please see the ASTRA Person Specification which you may find useful when you are applying and will be used to form questions asked of applicants at interview stage. Further information on entry eligibility criteria for applicants can be found here. The welfare of our children and young people is paramount, and safeguarding is at the forefront of our recruitment and training processes. To this end, Astra SCITT has a clear Safeguarding Policy. 

For 2021-2022 ITT applications a DfE Teacher Training Adviser (TTA) service is available. TTAs are a team of experienced former teachers who provide one-to-one support to potential applicants. Advisers will support candidates with a 2:2 degree or above wishing to teach any subject. The adviser service will also support candidates up to two years before applying, including first and second year undergraduate students, to help them prepare for teacher training in the future. Potential applicants can contact the team via telephone on 0800 389 2500 or register on the Get into Teaching website


Details on the different ways you can fund your training are available on the Get Into Teaching website

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

The DfE have announced the financial incentives for ITT courses starting in 2021/22, you can find all the information on their website

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 current conditions there are currently no school experience days offered for Spring Term 2021. We are continuously reviewing the situation and will update this page when we are able to invite visitors in once again.


Open Events

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

            Train to Teach Virtual Event 9 March 5pm-7pm Click here to register to attend

           Train To Teach Virtual Event 27 March 10am-1pm Click here to register to attend

The main Astra website has some videos of our previous trainees ‘in action’ and talking about their experiences of the course, you are also welcome to ‘get a flavour’ of our three Lead Hub schools by viewing their virtual open events on this page.

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.