About TBSHS : Training and Career Development

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Training and Career Development at TBSHS

Growing Great Teachers                                                                              

We at TBSHS are strongly committed to nurturing trainees and teachers entering the profession at the start of their career.

If you are a trainee teacher, TBSHS is a great destination – whether you are undertaking PGCE, QTS or School Direct. Working closely with the Faculty of Education at Cambridge, our local Bishop's Stortford SCITT or other university providers, we have a team of experienced mentors waiting to support you in your classroom experience.

If you are a newly qualified teacher, we offer a complete induction programme to further your expertise and your career.

Many of our trainees and our NQTs continue to develop their careers at TBSHS. Our retention is very good, because of the support and career development we can offer. Here are some of their stories:

Jennifer Smith: Mathematics   

TBSHS was my second placement during my PGCE year. I found that I was very well supported by my mentor, my Professional Tutor, my department and a community of colleagues, comprised of trainees, NQTs, RQTs and experienced teachers. I was given classes with a wide variety of abilities to work with and enjoyed being given the trust and freedom to be able to try new things. For all of these reasons, I was lucky to be appointed to complete my induction year as a qualified teacher here, where I benefited from a similar support network. This has included the informal networks created by spending time in our friendly and supportive staffroom, and the very accessible Heads of Subject and Heads of Year, who ensure that no one is left to struggle on their own. The opportunity to go on the many school trips has also allowed me to grow in confidence and expertise.

Christine Brealey  : Acting Second in English Department and Literacy Coordinator 

The Bishop’s Stortford High School was my second and longest placement during my PGCE training year. The support provided throughout the placement was fantastic and as a result I felt confident in joining the school as an NQT the following year. During my first year of teaching the support that continued to be offered to me was invaluable in allowing me to build in confidence as well as in pushing me to take on greater responsibilities such as organising trips and getting involved in extra-curricular activities. In my second year of teaching, the opportunity arose to take on the roles of Second in English and Literacy coordinator as maternity cover. The ability to take on additional responsibility at this point in my career has been key in my development as a teacher and I am thankful for the continued support of the school and the many opportunities for advancement that are offered here.

William Alexander: Subject Leader for MFL

I came to TBSHS as an MFL trainee in January 2014. From the beginning, I was not only welcomed warmly by the department, but also felt very at home in the staffroom where I often had the opportunity to have a chat with staff from a wide range of departments. The support which I received from my mentor, the professional tutor and the department was excellent; it was very much a personalised training programme.

I was lucky to be appointed as an NQT for the following year, where, again, the support I received was excellent. On top of this, CPD opportunities were plentiful, such as lesson study or weekly sessions run internally for all staff, and we as NQTs were also given opportunities to contribute to staff training and INSET days. My career in the school has been varied, even in my first two years. I applied and interviewed for curriculum and pastoral promotions and was appointed as Head of Year 8 starting in September 2015. Although I had always thought I would prefer curriculum-related roles, being a head of year gave me a more whole-school and holistic approach to the profession and it has been wholly rewarding throughout. In September 2016, I changed roles to Head of MFL, an unprecedented move, but another exciting opportunity.