Teacher Training at HHS

Why Train With Us?

There are many excellent reasons to train with HHS.

Hellesdon High School is the lead school within The HHS Partnership (Please see below for details of the other schools within the partnership). Our partnership schools offer superb environments in which to work and learn.

You will be guaranteed to receive a comprehensive induction programme and alongside this you will be supported in your training by a team of highly committed specialist school-based and UEA staff.

You will be following a school-based experience and programme of study that has been highly rated by previous students and Newly Qualified Teachers. At Hellesdon High School, we aim to create an environment in which all staff, pupils and trainee teachers feel valued and supported. We have worked with trainee teachers for many years and we fully recognise the vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer to a school community.

School Direct

All School Direct trainees undertaking their Initial Teacher Education with the UEA will be fully registered students of the University. This means that not only will they receive the highest quality training from experienced staff within a well-established partnership with schools, but they will also have full access to a range of University resources including library facilities, electronic resources, support and welfare services and the Sports Park.

External examiners for the PGCE programmes have consistently commented that the UEA’s partnership with schools is exemplary and that they consider the university’s partnership approach to Initial Teacher Education as one of its strengths. For further information about our accrediting provider, please click to visit their website.

NOTE: For the purposes of our School Direct Training Programme we work in partnership with the UEA and the following schools: Alderman Peel High School, Aylsham High School, Notre Dame High School, The Open Academy, and Firside Junior School.

Entry Requirements

Our Entry Requirements:

  • Degree classification of 2:2 or above (except PE, where a 2:1 is required – please refer to specific subject area on UCAS)
  • Degree must be in related academic subject area
  • Grade C or above in GCSE English and Mathematics
  • Some school experience (e.g. observation) prior to applying to the course is highly desirable
  • Successful completion of both QTS skills tests before the start of the course. For more information, please click here.

Successful candidates will be required to undergo an enhanced Disclosure and Barring and Criminal Record Bureau Check (DBS) to verify their capability of working with young people.

What We’re Looking For

Work Experience:

We are looking for trainees who have taken the opportunity to gain experience of working with young people. This experience may have been gained in a school environment or in areas such as volunteering with any children or youth groups.


We are looking for trainees who are able to communicate effectively at all levels with young people and adults. We expect our trainees to be able to operate effectively within a team environment and they should have good ICT skills.


We are looking for trainees who will commit to teaching as a profession and who are prepared to teach their subject to a high standard at all levels. We expect trainees to take responsibility for their personal and professional development with support from us as their training provider.

Our Selection Process

The Hellesdon High School Partnership will be co-ordinating the recruitment process with the University of East Anglia. This involves an interview day, spent at the University, which will involve a written task enabling us to consider your literacy, numeracy, reflective and, in some cases, subject knowledge skills. The written task is followed by a formal interview with two members of the UEA Admission Team.

Where does training take place?

During the year you will be placed in at least two schools. The first school placement takes place in the autumn term and the second school placement in the spring and summer terms. The first placement school will be decided by UEA and may be one of the schools in the Hellesdon High School Partnership, but may be another local school within Norfolk.

The second placement will be within a Hellesdon High School Partnership school. All schools have comprehensive intakes and you will get experience of working with young people of all abilities. At least one of your placements will give you access to post-16 learners.

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