About Learning at TCAT

Why train with us?

Bridgewater Teaching School is at the heart of Learning at TCAT. TCAT is an innovative Multi Academy Trust (MAT) comprised of the following schools: Bridgewater High School, Beamont Collegiate Academy, Sir Thomas Boteler Church of England High School, Penketh High School, Priestley Sixth Form College and two Primary Schools – Great Sankey Primary School and Penketh South Community Primary School. This unique MAT is one of the first in the country to include a Sixth Form College alongside Secondary Schools, one of which is a Faith school, and Primary Schools. Our location is ideally placed being equidistant between Liverpool and Manchester and all our partner schools are within a 5-mile radius.

Bridgewater is responsible for the design and delivery of our School Direct Teacher Training Programme. Our programme leads to QTS, accredited by The Endeavour Learning SCITT, and the award of Postgraduate Certificate in Education at Masters’ level through Liverpool John Moores University.

Bridgewater Teaching School ensures that we prepare trainees to become highly effective practioners by providing inspiring and high quality training.

During the course, you will complete two Secondary placements. TCAT, as a Multi Academy Trust, offers Teacher Trainees the opportunity to work with students from a diverse range of social backgrounds and abilities from SEND to the most able.

TCAT can also provide significant opportunities beyond your two Secondary placements and can offer bespoke placements for those wishing to pursue particular areas of development such as Inclusion and STEM.

Support for the development of your Teaching and Classroom Skills

You will be allocated a dedicated Curriculum Mentor who will support and mentor you during your training year. They will be with you in the classroom, guiding and supporting you to be a highly effective teacher. They will model exemplary practice in planning, teaching and assessment to prepare you to be the best teacher you can be.

Support for the development of your Subject Knowledge

Throughout your training year, you will be supported by an Academic Mentor in school who will track, stretch, challenge and develop your subject knowledge. One of the fundamental principles within TCAT is evidence based practice and research projects. Participation in such projects will offer you the ideal opportunity to develop your experience. In addition, you will be able to enrich and expand your experience beyond your two placement schools via opportunities to visit other departments and schools within the family of TCAT schools. Particular strengths within TCAT are an expanding STEM pathways programme and a renowned Performing Arts programme.

SEND Opportunities

Learning at TCAT has a profound commitment to inclusion. One opportunity includes gaining a better understanding of students with ASD, Cognitive and Learning needs and Emotional and Behavioural Issues through our Designated Provisions

Key Stage 5 Experience

In addition to completing your two extended school placements TCAT can provide a wealth of opportunities to enrich your training. We can provide the opportunity to observe and deliver aspects of A level courses and Level 3 BTEC qualifications at Priestley College through Sixth Form Enhancements.


Bridgewater runs an extensive Enrichment Programme for our students which trainees will be encouraged to become involved in. One example is our highly successful Duke of Edinburgh Awards Scheme programme; there will be opportunities to support students as they complete their Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards.

We will help you to meet your aspirations

Our School Direct Trainees are supported, challenged and inspired to achieve their potential so that they in turn inspire the next generation to achieve the very best for themselves and their communities. We will challenge you and support you throughout your journey. In addition our NQT support programme will support you through your first year of teaching and beyond.

Our school based programme is designed to create the next generation of teachers who will help lead our schools and our pupils to success. Led by experienced, practicing teachers and school leaders, this programme will provide you with a firm foundation on which you can build your future career in teaching.

We only recruit the highest calibre of trainee to join our exciting, personalised programme. If successful at application, you will become part of our network of trainees who operate at the highest standards, are fully integrated into our schools and have carefully tailored opportunities to ensure you are the best teacher you can be.

The Bridgewater Teaching School not only effectively supports you to put theory into practice, but allows you to progress through a carefully designed pathway tailored to your individual needs whilst developing knowledge, skills and understanding of teaching and learning. We want graduates of Bridgewater High Teaching School to be outstanding, resilient teachers with a passion for learning and teaching, who really want to make a difference to the lives of young people.

If you are a graduate and want to train to be a highly effective teacher, based more fully in a school environment, then this is the course for you.