Train to Teach


Prendergast School Direct Training Partnerships

Prendergast School offers two routes for teacher training:


Non-Salaried School Direct PGCE

In partnership with Kings College, London, our School Direct PGCE route leads to PGCE with QTS, and enhanced employment opportunities within the partnership.

We offer fee funded English, Maths, Chemistry, Physics, Physics with Maths, Biology, Computing, Religious Education, Languages (French and Spanish) and Geography.  Government Bursaries are available to support the cost of training.

As a School Direct Trainee you will complete your PGCE course at Kings College, London and will have two contrasting school placements. one here at Prendergast School and the other at one of our Federation Schools, either Prendergast Ladywell School or Prendergast Vale School. 

For more information on Kings PGCE and School Direct please click on the link below:


Salaried School Direct QTS

In partnership with Bromley Schools Collegiate, our School Direct Salaried route leads to you being recommended for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).  You will be employed as an unqualified teacher at a Federation School and attend training sessions with our training partner BSC one day per week.

We offer training in a variety of subjects according to the current training vacancies in our federation schools. As part of your training you will also be required to complete a 6 week placement at another South London school within the BSC partnership. 

For more information on the Bromley Schools Collegiate, please click on the link below:


Making An Application

Applications for School Direct PGCE are always welcome.  Current School Direct salaried vacancies are advertised on the UCAs website when they become available.  Please submit all applications  through the UCAs website.

If you are interested in following either of these teacher training routes and would like further information please contact the Professional Coordinating Mentor, Julia White to arrange for an informal chat at


Comments from some of our previous students: 

Begum whiteheadI have absolutely loved my placement at Prendergast School. The staff are so supportive and helpful and it has been a great environment to grow my teaching practice. This was my first experience of working in a school and it has been a fantastic opportunity where I have learnt so much.

Begum Whitehead - PGCE Media with English, Goldsmiths 2020/1



I couldn’t have asked for a more welcoming school as my very first placement. The support and CPD that I received at Prendergast was fantastic, and I thoroughly enjoyed my time there, gaining some great experience at the start of my teaching career and I can now go into my next school feeling confident with everything I have learned so far.

Ruby Williams - PGCE Chemistry, Kings College 2020/1


I was so pleased with the support I received during my School Direct salaried teacher training year at Prendergast School. The teachers modelled outstanding practice and gave me lots of encouraging feedback which I learnt from. I had the best mentor I could have asked for and I feel well prepared for my NQT year.

Zoe Junju – School Direct salaried English trainee 2018/9



My placement at Prendergast School provided me with the perfect start to my teacher training. All the staff I worked with were incredibly supportive and provided me with invaluable advice and guidance throughout my time at the school. I left Prendergast feeling confident and well-prepared for my teaching career.  I will be taking up a position as an NQT at Prendergast in September.

Jack Potter – Kings PGCE 2018/9


I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Prendergast School. The art department has been very welcoming and supportive. The school has a positive, relaxed yet professional atmosphere which clearly rubs off on its wonderful pupils. I’ve had great experiences being involved with some of the many extra-curricular activities the school offers.

Isobel – Goldsmith PGCE Art 2018/9


Liam 1

I found Prendergast had really friendly, supportive staff who helped me find my feet and develop to cope with the challenges of teaching. We also benefited from the regular CPD sessions and discussions with the other ITTs and NQTs here. There’s lots of opportunity here to interact with colleagues.

Liam – School Direct PGCE Computer Science 2018/9