Train to Teach

Welcome to the Wealden Partnership School Direct

Heathfield Community College is the Lead school within this Partnership


Every Lesson Shapes a Life

What is School Direct?

School Direct is a teacher training scheme.

There are two types of training courses available: School Direct Training where trainees are trained in much the same way as the current PGCE course, and School Direct (Salaried) where trainees are employed by a school and therefore spend more time “on the job” and correspondingly less time studying at the university. Most of our School Direct trainees follow the first of these routes.


Why train with us? 

  • The Wealden Partnership offers high quality teacher training by dedicated professionals in a supportive and aspirational environment.
  • We believe that teaching is a wonderful career and that this is a successful, innovative and vibrant group of schools to work with.
  • Our partnership of schools is led by Heathfield Community College and comprises three other large secondary schools, Uckfield College, Uplands Community College and Beacon Academy.
  • All four schools are highly successful and popular 11 – 18 mixed comprehensives situated in semi-rural communities in the north-eastern corner of East Sussex, within commuting distance of Brighton, Eastbourne and the South Coast.
  • We work with Brighton University and the University of Sussex to offer excellent teacher training.


We are now in our eleventh year of recruiting trainees to our Partnership and are keen to continue to develop this further. Our trainees enjoy their placements with us and are positive about their training experience.

I think that a trainee here immediately becomes part of the teaching staff. They receive all the support that they need to progress and develop their teaching skills.”

“Having the possibility to develop my skills in such a vast range of experiences has truly improved my professionalism and ignited my love for teaching. I will greatly miss my colleagues, but I will miss my students the most. They are smart, well-mannered and eager to learn, nurtured by a positive environment where technology is used to help them growing up prepared for the real world.”

Wealden Partnership School Direct Courses 2022-23

Wealden Partnership consists of Uckfield College, Heathfield Community College, Uplands Community College and Beacon Academy.
Trainees whose applications are successful are able to express a preference for their main placement school and we will do our best to accommodate this.

Please apply for School Direct Teacher Training via the DfE’s Apply service.

Applications can be made from 12 October 2021 for training to start in September 2022.

University of Brighton – School Direct Training Programme (SDT)

Subject UCAS Course Code
Art & Design 2G83
Biology 2RKR
Chemistry 36WF
English 2RL3
Mathematics 2G7Z
Modern Languages 2RKW
Physical Education 2G8C
Physics 2RKQ
Geography 2G86


University of Sussex – School Direct Training Programme (SDT)

Subject UCAS Course Code
Biology 2RG5
Chemistry 2RK9
Drama 2G5V
English 2RKM
History 2G7P
Mathematics 2RKF
Media 2RKK
Modern Languages 2RKH
Music 2G7S
Physics 2GCK


Subject Knowledge Enhancement Courses (SKEs)

The Wealden Partnership are keen to recruit well-qualified, committed and enthusiastic trainee teachers who are passionate about their subject area and keen to share this passion with young people of all abilities in the secondary age range. We work closely with two excellent, local providers (University of Brighton and University of Sussex) to ensure that Subject Knowledge Enhancement courses are available to potential applicants if there is a need to update your subject specialism.

School Experience Placements

Undertaking a short classroom type teaching task and showing an awareness of the curriculum and school life is a likely part of the interview process, so candidates may wish to prepare themselves by spending some time in an appropriate school setting for the subject/phase they intend to teach beforehand.  Schools may not be able to accommodate such visits at the present time but please contact your local school to enquire.
For queries about School Direct training with the Wealden Partnership, please contact [email protected]



Why train to teach with Teach Kent & Sussex?

We also work with Teach Kent & Sussex to offer school placements for the right candidates.

Great teachers are never forgotten.

Teachers transform lives and make futures brighter.

Why not train to become one?

Primary & secondary teacher training available.

Training will take place within our partnership of West Kent and East Sussex schools.  Trained teachers gain a PGCE, the national and internationally recognised qualification of trained teachers.  Our partnership has extensive expertise in training teachers and has a 100% employment rate post training.  For secondary trainees training available in a wide range of subjects.

Generous bursaries & scholarships (up to £30k) are available to support you.

For further details see: & twitter: @TeachKandS

Please contact Hilary Sutton, Liaison Officer or Carol Hughes, SCITT Manager by telephone on 01892 521595 or email ([email protected]) for an informal discussion, more information and to register interest.  We can offer school experience days to support your application.


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Image2Heathfield Community College is proud to be part of the Bromley Schools’ Collegiate. A highly respected partnership of 9 Secondary and Primary schools based in the London Borough of Bromley. Awarded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in 2015, Bromley Schools’ Collegiate is one of the leading teaching training providers in the area. For more information about the Bromley School Collegiate please click below to view their electronic prospectus or visit:

Collegiate Prospectus Online 2020
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Information about funding for Teacher Training can be found here:

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