Why Apply to Aston Academy?

Aston Academy is the lead school in the Aston Community Education Trust. At Aston, we have an excellent track record of working in partnership with local HEIs, principally Sheffield Hallam University and the University of Sheffield, to successfully support, train and mentor ITT trainees, enabling them to gain a PGCE qualification with QTS.

 “'Great experience! A lot of support... really constructive advice. I feel ready for next year.'

“I have had a brilliant experience at Aston.  Everyone has been very helpful and made me feel very welcome”


All of the schools within the Aston Partnership have an excellent track record of working effectively with Higher Education Institutions in Initial Teacher Education to successfully support, train and mentor ITE trainees, enabling you to gain a post-graduate qualification in education (PGCE or PGDE) with Masters level credits, and Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).


Here are some of the things trainees have said about ITE placements at Aston Academy:

“Amazing first placement – thank you!”

“I have had a brilliant experience at Aston.  Everyone has been very helpful and made me feel very welcome”


Support from ITT coordinator

 “[The senior ITE coordinator was] nothing short of outstanding!  Excellent support throughout the placement.  Very friendly and made me feel so welcome within the school!”

“[The senior ITE coordinator] was brilliant! Thank you!”

 “The quality of support from subject mentor and SMC has been excellent.  I have been fully welcomed into the Academy”


Support from Subject-based Mentors and classroom teachers

“Mentors have been outstanding throughout the whole placement; they have provided excellent support, understanding & targets [for improvement]”.

“My mentor was very supportive”

“Excellent mentor support”

“I really felt welcome in my department and worked with some excellent teachers who offered me a lot of support and advice”

“All the feedback I have received has been consistently constructive.  I have always felt that there was someone I could ask for guidance at any given time”


Weekly Career Professional Development Workshops

 “They were all really useful”

“I have learnt a lot and made strong progress”

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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