Teacher Training

School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT)

The Compton SCITT stands for ‘School Centred Initial Teacher Training’ and means that The Compton awards Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) to its growing number of trainees.

Our trainee teachers train alongside The Compton’s outstanding staff all year before qualifying as teachers. Senior teachers from The Compton, who are working on national programmes of education and regularly training teachers from across the South East of England deliver first class training in school each week. This ensures our trainee teachers are receiving the best and most current education and theory practice.

Our strap line states that “trainees will receive an immersive training programme where they are working alongside outstanding teachers with current and relevant experience.” We are very proud that we can also label our training as Outstanding, since our successful Ofsted inspection in 2017.


The Compton SCITT partnership

The Compton SCITT Partnership consists of 8 schools; The Compton School, Finchley Catholic High School, Hendon School, JCoSS, Lea Valley Academy, Southgate School, St James’ Catholic High School and Wren Academy.

Teacher training places for September 2021

The Compton SCITT is offering teacher training places from September 2021 in:

  • Art and Design  
  • Biology
  • Business Studies
  • Chemistry
  • Computer Science
  • Design & Technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Mathematics
  • Physical Education
  • Spanish
  • Primary – General


Application Process

The UCAS application window, for the 2021-22 academic year opened on October 13th 2020. Only applications made through UCAS can be considered.

Entry Requirements

A UK honours degree (2.2 or above) or equivalent overseas degree verified by The National Recognition Information Centre for the UK (NARIC)

  • The degree must comprise a minimum 50% of modules in the subject area you wish to train to teach.
  • A standard equivalent to a grade C in the GCSE examinations in English and mathematics. Primary candidates also require an equivalent to a grade C in science.
  • Applicants who do not have standard GCSE certificates will need to take an equivalence test.


School Direct (Non-Salaried)

The schools in the alliance currently offering School Direct (non-salaried) primary qualification (2021-22) are:

  • Brettenham Primary School
  • Chalgrove Primary School
  • Children First Academy Trust
  • Dollis Primary School
  • Elsley Primary School
  • Northside Primary School
  • Sacred Heart RC Primary School
  • St Mary’s CofE Primary School
  • Trent CofE Primary School


The schools in the alliance currently offering School Direct (non-salaried) secondary qualification (2021-22) are:

  • Finchley Catholic High School
  • Hendon School
  • JCoSS
  • Southgate School
  • St James’ Catholic High School
  • The Compton School
  • Wren Academy


Apply through UCAS from Monday 13th October 2020

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