A New pathway Into Teaching

We are pleased to offer an exciting opportunity to train as a teacher within our partnership of schools. The School Direct pathway will allow you to work alongside outstanding practitioners from Cardinal Hume Catholic School and our other partner schools including St Wilfrid’s RC College, St Robert of Newminster RC School and Sixth Form College and St Benet Biscop Catholic School High School. Our accredited provider will be Carmel College.

If you are interested in School Direct within the Cardinal Hume partnership, recruitment begins on 28th October 2014 for training placements which start in September 2015.

The application process is through the UCAS Teacher Training system. For further information please visit the UCAS website:

Available Courses

Cardinal Hume St Robert of Newminster St Wilfrid’s St Benet Biscop
Subject Ref Subject Ref Subject Ref Subject Ref
Maths 2HWH Maths 2HWS Maths 2HX6 Maths 2J65
Music 2HWL English 2HWV Computer Science 2HXB English 2J69
DT 2HWM Drama 2HWX RE 2HXC Computer Science 2J6D
PE 2HWQ Physics 2HX3 History 2J6J
Engineering 2HX5 Geography 2J6P

Entry Criteria


All entrants will have attained a minimum grade C in GCSE English and Mathematics (or equivalent examinations).

Degree Minimum 2:2

Entrants must hold a degree from a United Kingdom university (or Higher Education Institution), or a degree from the CNAA, or a recognised equivalent qualification. For entrants with degrees from overseas, please contact NARIC (National Academic Recognition Information Centre) on 0870 990 4088 to obtain written confirmation of equivalency. We will be looking for a second class Honours Degree as the minimum requirement. A 2:1 or better is preferred in all cases however a 2:2 will be accepted with recent relevant experience. Preferably, your degree should be specific to the subject you are applying for.

Special Features

Cardinal Hume Catholic School is an 11-18 Academy School and the main school in a partnership of the highest quality schools in the North East. We already have an excellent reputation for the delivery of training for ITT, NQT, Middle and Senior leaders, hence, an application to us would give security and confidence that the training received here would be of the highest quality, designed and provided by a school with a long tradition of supporting new entrants into the profession and continuing on through their teaching career up to headship.

Student Facilities

Our School Direct programme aims to embed the trainee at the heart of a school. The trainee will start the year in school on the first day of term and work the life of a teacher for three terms. Trainees are treated as members of staff and expected to behave in line with the conditions and expectations of a teacher: this includes duties, meetings and extra curricular activities. Trainees benefit from a professional and social life that reflects the school ethos and community.

All trainees will be registered for the PGCert with St Mary’s University College and benefit from all the support the university has to offer.