Here at Ashton we firmly believe that, ‘A good teacher can make a difference.’ Due to this philosophy we take training very seriously.

If you would like more information about the opportunities to learn to teach at Ashton Community Science College please contact the ITT Professional Mentor and NQT Induction Tutor Mrs Amanda Berry-Smith


Want to teach?

The Preston Teaching School Alliance School Direct training programme provides graduates with a direct route into teaching. The Preston Alliance, working in partnership with the University of Cumbria, consists of a variety of primary, secondary and special schools with a proven track record of providing outstanding teacher training. You will be trained by outstanding teachers within the alliance leading to the award of Postgraduate Certificate of Education with QTS (Qualified Teacher Status).

We are extremely proud of the successes and the consistently positive feedback we receive from our trainees.

Our subjects

For the 2020-21 one year course we are recruiting for the following subjects:    


PGCE General Primary (5-11 years)


PGCE Secondary Education with QTS: (11-16 years)

Art & Design



Computer Science

Design & Technology






Modern Languages: French,
German & Spanish


Physical Education


Religious Education



For more information

We will be delighted to help with any enquiries regarding our School Direct programme. If you have any questions please telephone Sandra Duggan (Secondary), on 01772 867210 or email or Laura Adams (Primary), on 01772 863849 or email

There is also lots of helpful information on the Preston TSA School Direct Teacher Training Pages.

For more information regarding the PGCE General Primary with QTS (5 - 11 years) qualification and programme of study go to the University of Cumbria website

For more information regarding the PGCE Secondary Education qualification and programme of study go to the University of Cumbria website. 

How to apply

You can apply for School Direct from October 2019 for the training starting in September 2020.

Do you want to train to be a secondary school teacher?

Then the Ripley PGCE could be your route into teacher training. As a trainee teacher on the Ripley PGCE Programme you will spend a much greater proportion of time in school than you would on a traditional PGCE programme and the curriculum will be delivered by outstanding teachers who work in our partnership schools.

For 2017-18 we are recruiting for the following secondary subjects:

  • Mathematics
  • Science (Chemistry, Physics and Biology)
  • Music
  • Geography
  • History
  • English
  • French

School Experience

Voluntary/Observations – We more and more frequently receive enquiries about the possibility of prospective trainees coming into school to observe classes to gain some experience of up to date education. Due to the large number of requests we run 3 Induction days per year - one at the start of each term. During this day we organise your visit, go through the Induction programme, H&S training and Safeguarding. Without this induction we are not able to offer you the opportunity to complete your school visit at Ashton.  We do appreciate a formal letter with a detailed request to

However you can apply to come on a full day’s school experience by contacting. if you wish to see the Preston Teaching schools or if you wish to experience the Lancaster and Cumbria schools.

Within school we have an ongoing INSET programme so that staff  are able to keep up to date with new initiatives. We are a school that is continually improving and we embrace every opportunity to ensure the best learning environment for our students. We aim to develop students who are keen to succeed in all aspects of school life. To this avail we provide training opportunities for experienced and new staff to meet their needs.

We at Ashton Community Science College, are involved with a number of partner institutions which allows for further professional development and we welcome enthusiastic and dedicated trainees on the new PGCE/School Direct training programmes.

Further Professional Development


Ashton Community Science College in partnership with Preston Teaching School Alliance is aiming to offer a broad range of high quality professional development. We want to be able to support schools in all phases both within and outside the alliance.

We would like to consolidate and develop the range of CPD opportunities on offer in our schools in order to share and develop effective continuous professional development for all levels of staff.

Our aim is to meet the needs of as many staff as possible, to increase the number of alliance staff participating in programmes in order to widen the number of students benefitting from outstanding practice. Where possible we want to use staff to deliver training to each other ensuring collaboration across the phases so that firmer links are made between them.

For all staff attending CPD the Preston Teaching School Alliance will award certificates of professional development in order to recognise commitment and provide evidence for appraisal.

As courses are developed they will be published here on the web site. 

Initially the aim is to launch CPD with powerful speakers each term allowing access to staff in schools who otherwise may not have the opportunity to attend.


Specialist leaders of education (SLEs) are outstanding middle and senior leaders who have the skills to support individuals or teams in similar positions in other schools

Teaching schools are responsible for the selection and placement of SLEs. This is one part of the government’s plan to give schools a central role in developing a self-improving and sustainable school-led system.

If you are an experienced middle or senior leader who is interested in supporting leaders in other schools, you might want to apply to be a specialist leader of education (SLE).

To become an SLE, you need to have been in a leadership role for at least 2 years. Your Headteacher will advise. You can be from any type or phase of school. Your school does not need to be part of the alliance.

Look at the range of priorities/needs which you may be interested in.

You must have at least one specialism from our areas of expertise, which are based on the 4 areas of focus for Ofsted.

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