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Trainee Testimonials

"I have been very lucky to train with an excellent department – my mentor was a great support throughout and other class teachers were also fantastic. Working with such a successful department is what really made my training – they were encouraging all the way through, but especially around the difficult and stressful times! Silverdale School are very lucky to have such a successful Art & Design department! All staff are welcoming and supportive. It has been the hardest year of my life but I have found amazing friends and I am so glad I chose this!"

Sarah Henderson - Secondary Art & Design

"The whole experience has been excellent. Everyone has been really helpful and I have been very lucky to have a great mentor and wonderful class teachers working alongside me and offering their support. The students have made it all worthwhile – what an amazing start to a fantastic profession!"

Rebecca Swindell - Secondary Citizenship

"It has been the hardest but most rewarding year of my life. Doing this course was the best decision I have ever made. I have met so many amazing people and I have learnt so much about myself and about how to be an outstanding teacher. I managed to secure my dream job in the school in which I was a TA – which was my aim from day 1 so thank you!"

Halima Hadfield - Primary

" The Sheffield Teaching School Alliance gave me the chance to train to be a teacher when I had been turned away by everyone else. They looked at my qualifications and experience and my determination to learn and I have been awarded Outstanding at the end of my training.  The STSA have been really supportive and helpful and I have enjoyed my training with them."

Miranda Chambers - Secondary Design & Technology

"A fantastic experience, a very supportive Alliance from start to finish!"

Jack Heald - Secondary PE

"A great Alliance which gave me fantastic support and advice, which has helped me on my way to achieving an Outstanding grade. I would recommend to any young, aspiring teachers."

2014/15 School Direct Trainee

"I have thoroughly enjoyed my year training as a teacher with the STSA. Although as expected the year has been full of hard work, I have been supported throughout, enabling me to exceed expectations."

2014/15 School Direct Trainee

"Great support from experienced mentors with school experiences integral to practise. Meeting new friends and being supported by other people in the same situation as you."

2014/15 School Direct Trainee

"I feel really lucky to have trained within an Alliance that is so experienced at training teachers. The advice and support I have received from all staff involved has been invaluable."

2014/15 School Direct Trainee