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School Direct

Applications can only be made through the UCAS website


Coventry Special School Network

Sherbourne Fields School ( is the lead for a group of special schools in Coventry who are looking to recruit high quality graduates into the teaching profession. Schools in our alliance include;

The following schools offer primary places:

  • Sherbourne Fields
  • Tiverton
  • Castle Wood
  • Woodfield

The following schools offer secondary placements:

  • Baginton
  • Woodfield
  • Corley Centre
  • Riverbank

For information on current placements being offered please visit the UCAS website. 

Trainees will complete their PGCE with QTS at the University of Warwick Centre for Professional Education. Four days a week will be spent in the host school with the other day spent at the University of Warwick engaging in reflective practice, preparation for Masters level research and developing professional understanding. Subject knowledge development will be developed through school based practice and University support. All trainees will also complete a complementary placement at a second school. Successful completion of Masters Assignments will give candidates 90 CATS towards an MA in Educational Innovation.

Entry Requirements (in-line with the University of Warwick requirements)

  • 1. You have graduated, or are about to graduate from a British university or College of Higher Education with an honours degree, normally a 2:1 or higher if applying for English, History or Drama and at least 2:2 for remaining subjects. If you are an overseas student with a qualification recognised as equivalent to a British degree in the above mentioned classifications.
  • 2. Normally, a significant proportion of your degree must be in chosen subject.
  • 3. On application you hold at least Grade C in GCSE English Language and Mathematics. Other qualifications may be approved as equivalent. The University of Warwick offer equivalency tests in English and Mathematics for international applicants (PGCE Secondary only) who are unable to show evidence of equivalent qualifications in English and Mathematics gained outside of the UK.

DfE Professional Skills tests in literacy and numeracy will also need to be completed before the course commences. We recommend that candidates consider completing the Skills Tests as close to application as possible.

All applications should be made through the
Visit the lead school website at as well as the university website at to ensure that you have researched what is available in detail.

Why train with Castle Wood School?

We believe that we offer a unique and personalised specialist programme working in partnership with the University of Warwick and partner schools which incorporates hands on work at school, regular time at university and practical locally based training by skilled and experienced practitioners

What we are looking for?

A graduate who is genuinely motivated by the prospect of a career in teaching

Interested in benefitting from a school-based approach to teacher training 

Passionate about learning to teach from highly experienced and respected professionals

Enthused by the prospect of working alongside teachers in a special school


Most of your placement you will have an immersive experience as a 'real' teacher


We have a particular expertise in SEND 


All applications should be made through the
Visit the lead school website at as well as the university website at to ensure that you have researched what is available in detail.

It is very important that there are no breaks in your employment history. All time must be accounted for otherwise this will delay your application being processed and could lead to it being rejected.


How we select our trainees ? 

Within the personal statement it is important that you include information about:

  • Why you want to teach in a special school and why working with children is important to you
  • How your degree and its content links to your chosen curriculum subject and its teaching
  • What school experience you have had and what you have learned from this (consider at this stage the school you are applying to, what relevance does your experience have in their context?)
  • Other relevant experience that demonstrates your skills (particularly add information about any wider experience of working with young people such as sports coaching, uniformed organisations, youth work or mentoring)
  • What are your personal strengths that will support you in teaching? Try to give examples of where you have demonstrated these strengths.
  • Why the School Direct route into teaching is of interest to you.
  • How you could contribute to the school.

Please ensure that your application has been proof read and checked for accuracy before submission.