Our Partnerships: The University of Sheffield

School Direct at Aston Community Education Trust

Aston is the Lead School in two School Direct partnerships. The terms of each partnership are different from each other, so applicants are advised to read them very carefully before applying.  One partnership is with the University of Sheffield and the other is with Sheffield Hallam University.


The University of Sheffield Partnership

At Aston Academy we have a long standing relationship with the University of Sheffield. We have formed a cluster partnership with several local secondary schools to provide School Direct Training places in English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, History, Physics with Maths and MFL. These schools have a range on contexts and cover a large geographical area to ensure successful applicants receive a varied experience.

Our partnership schools are:

Dinnington Comprehensive School: http://www.dcsch.co.uk/
Wales High School:   http://www.waleshigh.com/
Oakwood High School:   http://www.oakwood.ac/
Ecclesfield School, Sheffield: http://www.ecclesfield-school.com/
Springwell Community School, Chesterfield: http://www.scs-online.co.uk/
Heritage High School, Chesterfield: http://heritagehigh.myeduwebsite.com/
hirebrook Academy, Mansfield: https://www.shirebrookacademy.org/
Tupton Hall, Derbyshire: http://www.tuptonhall.derbyshire.sch.uk/
Swinton Academy, Rotherham: http://www.swintonacademy.org/
Whittington Green, Chesterfield: https://www.wgs.derbyshire.sch.uk/

The secondary places are on the School Direct Training Programme and successful applicants will have to pay tuition fees to the University of Sheffield. However, bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership (NCTL). http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/funding.aspx

The Aston cluster co-ordinates the Training Placements required for successful applicants to achieve Qualified Teacher Status, including a full PGDE qualification and Master’s level credits. Although we cannot guarantee employment for the NQT year, we will endeavour to assist successful trainees in securing a job as far as we can.

More information about the courses can be found on the UCAS Teacher Training website. http://www.ucas.com/apply/teacher-training or on the University of Sheffield website: http://www.shef.ac.uk/education/courses/pgde/scdirect

If you would like to apply for a School Direct place at Aston Academy, please click on the “How to apply” link from this page




Mission Statement

At Aston we are committed to providing high quality learning and teaching, enabling everyone to reach their full potential, whatever their age, ability, gender or ethnicity.

We believe that every person is unique and we work together in an inclusive environment of mutual respect and consideration, valuing everyone's contribution.

Through our partnership with the local and wider community we aim to support our young people in successfully taking their place in society.

All adults in school have a responsibility to safeguard and promote the welfare of children.

With your commitment we will make a difference.


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