Initial Teacher Training

School-centred initial teacher training is now one of the best ways to begin, or progress, your career in education. Cheltenham Bournside School will offer you professional support, guidance and has a proven track record in producing highly employable, fully trained teachers.

Throughout your training programme, you’ll be given a challenging and lively blend of theoretical learning and classroom-based practice. You’ll gain a full insight into current curriculum expectations, access up-to-the-minute thinking on teaching ideas and learn what turns a good teacher into a great teacher.


Bournside showed the confidence it had in teacher development in allowing potential trainees to teach an initial, 30 minute PSHE lesson. The feedback I received, and the enjoyment I had in teaching the pupils, made sure that when joining the University of Worcester later in the year, I knew I wanted to carry out my main placement at Bournside. I have had a tremendous training experience at Bournside and the support of my mentors, the English department, senior leaders, and all the pupils I have had the pleasure of teaching has played no small part in ensuring that I finish my PGCE as an Outstanding teacher, confident and able to kick on with my new career in September.

Jonathan Margetts – University of Worcester

The feedback I have received has been helpful and constructive. I have greatly enjoyed my time at Bournside.  The maths team have all made me feel very welcome, as have other staff and students.  I like the ethos of the school and the attitudes of the students. I will miss it.

Owen Lewis – University of Worcester

My time at Cheltenham Bournside has been invaluable. Throughout this placement the support from the staff has been incredible.  I received thorough and constructive feedback after each lesson which enabled me to constantly develop my teaching skills.  The staff made clear which specific Teaching Standards I needed to focus on in order to make my lessons as successful as possible. During my short time at Bournside I have made significant progress and gathered great evidence for my teaching portfolio.

Alex McGinn – UWE Bristol