Bridgewater Park Primary School is part of The Heath Family (NW) and is part of The Heath Teaching School Alliance.  The Heath School is Lead School for Teacher Education Across Merseyside (TEAM) consortium and we work in partnership with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU). We have a long history of working with Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) providing Initial Teacher Training placements and we continue to have strong commitment to providing outstanding Initial Teacher Training.

For the academic year 2016-17 we will again have a trainee completing their programme with us. They will be following the trainee route.

School Direct is a relatively new route into teaching where trainee teachers work in a home school for the majority of their training. There are two routes to go down:

  • School Direct trainee programme
  • School Direct salaried programme

Accreditation for the Post Graduate Certificate of Education (with Qualified Teacher Status) is awarded by John Moores University. The intention of School Direct is to create a deeper partnership between schools and universities. A lead school works in partnership with the university and other schools, as a group which is referred to as a consortium. Although there are no guarantees, every effort is made to employ School Direct trainees within their consortium, upon successfully gaining QTS.


Bridgewater Park Primary School is a small community school in the heart of Castlefields, Runcorn.  We have a very enthusiastic, hard-working and friendly staff team who are used to offering support to students and colleagues alike.   Bridgewater Park Primary School is very proud of its learning culture and we continue to learn together as members of the entire school community.  The behaviour of our children is positive and visitors always comment on how well our children behave and their good manners too.


What does our programme look like?

For the School Direct training route you would complete a one week induction in August at Liverpool John Moores University (our partner university), following induction you will start in September in Bridgewater Park Primary School  and be part of the staff team from day one. You will attend university on a Friday throughout the year but four days a week you will be in school. There will be a second placement of six+ weeks in a contrasting school within the consortium, to help you gain a breadth of experience to prepare you for your NQT year. As we have a vast range of schools within the current consortium we are also able to arrange days at Primary, Secondary and other Special schools to support you to develop in areas specific to your needs.

You will start off by observing lessons and noting what makes a good teacher and strategies used and gradually you will begin to teach. You can expect regular feedback from experienced and high performing teachers. You will be supported by a mentor who will meet with you weekly to guide your progress, share their expertise and help you set targets. You will also be placed in a class and work alongside an experienced teacher in order to gain the full range of experience required. If areas of further development are identified you will be offered opportunities for experience in different age groups in order for you to meet your needs.

For more details about the programme and initial queries related to School Direct and TEAM consortium please contact Amy Kenny School Direct Assistant based at The Heath on telephone 01928 576664.