Would you like to train to become a qualified teacher in an outstanding West London school partnership?


Cranford Community College is recruiting graduates to train to become qualified teachers via the School Direct training route.

Cranford Community College is a Lead School for School Direct in partnership with Teaching London: LDBS SCITT.

Successful trainees will undertake a comprehensive programme to gain Qualified Teacher Status and the PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in conjunction with our partner universities.

In order to apply you need to be a graduate or in your final year at university, and you need GCSE Maths and English grade C or above (and C in Science for Primary training places).

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a school based route into teaching. As a School Direct trainee with Cranford Community College and our ITT provider, the TEACHING LONDON SCITT, you'll learn alongside inspiring, passionate teachers with outstanding pedagogical skills. We will train you to become successful, confident, effective teachers, well equipped to teach in a dynamic and vibrant London Primary School. 

As a School Direct trainee you will be employed here or in one of our partnership schools as an unqualified teacher. You will undertake entirely 'on the job' teacher training, allowing you to gain the qualifications and practical skills required to become a teacher. 

Successful School Direct trainees will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) worth 60 Masters level credits.

Applicant Requirements:

  • A relevant degree from a UK university or a recognised university abroad (NARIC assessed)
  • The degree must be linked to the subject you want to train to teach for secondary, but this is not required for primary. 
  • GCSE Grade C or above in English and Maths (and Science for primary)
  • Although not essential, experience of working with children and or young people would be an advantage.
  • You must pass the professional skills test in Literacy and Numeracy.
  • We recommend applicants to have first-hand experience of the rewards and challenges teaching involves and therefore need a minimum of two weeks relevant and recent experience in a school prior to interview is suggested. Click here for School Experience Programme (SEP)
  • Generally, you should have at least 3 years’ work experience if applying for a salaried route though this isn’t necessary for shortage subjects and tuition fee programmes. This may be in any career and should usually be in the years following graduation.

* Prior to starting the training you will be required to complete a health questionnaire and satisfy Fitness to Teach requirements

** You will be required to complete a Disclosure and Barring Service (EDBS) barred list and criminal records check

*** If you are not a British national you must ensure that you are eligible to work and study in the UK.

Funding and Salary:

School Direct Salaried route:

We may be able to offer you a salaried place in either this school or one of our partnership schools as an unqualified teacher and you will be paid whilst you train. You do not need to pay fees to cover the cost of your training or the PGCE but as you earn a salary, you will not be eligible for a training bursary.

School Direct Unsalaried route:

Other candidates may be offered training places which may attract tuition fee loans, training bursaries or scholarships depending on subject and class of degree. Candidates taking this route will be required to pay £9,000 training fee. This may be financed with a student loan.

Click here for more details on both routes to training. 

How to Find Details of all our Courses:

All our courses with details are listed on the UCAS website. To find out more follow these steps:


Click on Teacher Training

Click on Find Training Programmes

In the Search for a Training Provider box enter ‘Cranford Community College’

Click on Cranford Community College and our full list of courses will appear

All applications must be made via UCAS – details of how to apply are found on

What we are looking for: 

We are looking to recruit high calibre candidates who:

  • Are passionate about making a difference to the lives and development of their pupils
  • Have a positive outlook 
  • Are patient and adaptable
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Are friendly and approachable 
  • Are passionate about teaching
  • Are creative and imaginative
  • Have good organisational skills and excellent time management
  • Are reflective and strive to improve their own practice

We want our candidates to demonstrate the following qualities:

Creativity and commitment - we want talented and creative individuals, with a passion for teaching and learning along with a desire to constantly improve their own practice. 

Good Communication skills - these are the heart of effective teaching 

Stamina and determination - we are looking for a commitment to high standards and excellence, combined with the resillience and determination required to meet the demands of the course. 

Good role models representative of the local population - we want candidates who demonstrate the qualities outlined above and who are good role models, representative of the wider community. We are also particularly keen to hear from classroom assistants, career changers and those returning to work after a career break. 

What we can Offer You:

  • The opportunity to train to teach in an outstanding West London school partnership.  Cranford Community College is the designated lead school for the Cranford Teaching School Alliance and is a National Teaching School
  • Some posts qualify for a tax free bursary depending on your degree result and subject check for more details
  • Our training provider Teaching London: LDBS SCITT is an outstanding provider
  • Award of the PGCE which can contribute towards a Masters level programme
  • Upon successful completion of the programme the possibility of employment with us

How to Apply:

Candidates should apply via UCAS. If successful, you will be invited to interview here or in one of our partnership schools (as listed above). Candidates will be advised of the exact format in advance, this is likely to include some teaching, written tasks and a formal interview. Applicants who are successful at interview will be offered a conditional place. 

For further information on routes into Teaching click here

  • Please Note: The best way to contact the academy is by using the drop down menu found by clicking the ''CONTACT US' tab on the top right of the menu bar on this website or clicking a link to take you to that page.
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