Entry Requirements


Our determination is to match the right trainee to the right school, and we consider temperamental and attitudinal aspects as even more important than qualifications. You will need to be equally comfortable working in a team or independently, have a high degree of emotional intelligence, the ability to empathise and a genuine understanding of this age group. You will care about equality and diversity, not see these as boxes to tick and be unafraid to use the cliché that you want to make a difference. You will be a highly motivated individual with a real sense of moral purpose and a tireless energy to achieve the best for your students. You will take and deliver criticism constructively and understand the need to balance your home and work life. We are looking for committed, resilient, reflective practitioners, able to learn from their own experiences and the experiences of others.



For all subjects you will have at least grade C at GCSE in English and Maths; for some you will also need
Science and B grades. Communication skills are paramount. You will need the ability both to write in Standard
English and to model accurate and effective spoken language. You will also be fully computer literate. All trainees must have a 2(ii) or better in an appropriate subject. Since BGHS, The Mirfield Free Grammar and Castleford Academy have flourishing sixth forms, trainees who are placed at any of these institutions should expect to teach up to A level and would thus need significant subject expertise. It is essential that you have some experience of working with young people and an affinity with the 11-18 age range. Through the interview process, we will identify specific trainee teachers for each subject and school; each student teacher will have a ‘home’ school where they will spend the majority of their time, although they will attend training with student teachers from across the Alliance and undertake an additional placement in other Alliance schools. For secondary trainees, at least 50% of your degree should be in the subject (or related to the subject) for which you are applying. You will also need to pass a literacy test before you can begin training to show that you can communicate clearly, fluently and accurately in written Standard English.

Equivalency Tests

If you do not have C Grades in Maths and English(and Science if applying for Primary school teaching) you will need to take equivalency tests to achieve the required grade. Below outlines which tests our HEI partners accept:

Leeds Beckett University – Edge Hill University equivalency test and tests taken with http://www.equivalencytesting.com/