Bingley Grammar School

School Centred Initial Teacher Training at Bingley

In September 2018, five student teachers started their journey to join the teaching profession by undertaking School Centred Initial Teacher Training with us.

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They chose Bingley Grammar School, under the umbrella of the Bradford Birth to 19 Partnership with Sheffield Hallam, to train to teach and to gain both their PGCE and QTS. This means they can now go on to teach anywhere in the world. The group arrived at the beginning of the year from various walks of life and we are delighted to say they are all now qualified teachers with PGCEs.

They have been with us for the whole academic year apart from a short stint in a contrasting school from December until February Half Term. The student teachers hit the ground running by working alongside practicing teachers who have been their personal mentors. They progressed from, in September '18, observing lessons, to leading an activity or working with small groups of pupils, to teaching a whole class and then, as their teaching skills developed, have taken on more and more classes ending up with quite a full timetable teaching classes, under the supervision of their mentors. All five have jobs for September, two of whom will be joining us here for the next academic year. Jonathan Woolley will be teaching Computing and Stephen Grimshaw will be teaching in the History department - we look forward to supporting them through their NQT year.

BirthTo19-698 webHere are a couple of lovely comments from our trainee teachers about their
time at Bingley Grammar School:

“I’m not a great one for quotes but I would say that from the moment I came to Bingley to visit the people here have been fantastic and it has been a brilliant place to train. Ben (McGregor) and Dan (Watson) have been great. The diversity of the kids is incredible and brings with it a range of interesting challenges that have truly helped me to develop. I have really enjoyed my ITT year and am looking forward to starting my NQT year with Bingley in September.”   Jonathan Woolley

“From the moment I first set foot in Bingley Grammar School for my SCITT interview I have been made to feel at home. I have felt that the school is fully invested in me and has given me an incredible amount of help in my quest to become a qualified teacher. Ben McGregor has always ensured that we have everything that we need to succeed, and I have also been very fortunate to work alongside my mentor Karl Burniston, who has done an amazing job in guiding me through this school year. I couldn’t have asked for a better year in training and I can’t wait to continue my journey here in September!”   Stephen Grimshaw

BirthTo19-819 web"Bingley Grammar School has been incredible. The students are lovely, each and every one! The school has helped develop me personally and professionally over the last year. The staff involved have gone out of their way to support and encourage me. Ben McGregor and Tony Smith have always made time for me and supported me as best they can. Working alongside different colleagues has enabled me to have the confidence to try new things and adapt. The BGS PE Department have gone above and beyond for me and I cannot thank them enough - They are amazing. Although I am sad to leave such a wonderful place, I look forward to the next stage of my career knowing that I have the confidence to succeed."  Chris Battye

We would like to thank all our trainee teachers for their hard work and dedication over the course of the year and wish them good luck in their future careers.

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