School Direct

School Direct 2023/24 Recruitment Cycle (For September 2024 entry)

Hitchin Boys’ School works closely with the Department for Education’s School Direct training programme for graduates, which offers a route to achieving Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). HBS is the lead school for North Herts School Direct, a consortium of five secondary schools covering the areas of Letchworth, Baldock and Hitchin, and comprising Hitchin Boys' School, The Priory School, The Highfield School, Fearnhill School and Knights Templar School.

We work in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire as our nominated provider for School Direct. Students spend 4 days per week at their host school and travel one day per week to the University of Herts Hatfield campus for "centre-based training".

On successful completion of the course, students on the salaried route will receive a fully-certificated QTS qualification. Students on the fee-paying unsalaried route will receive QTS with PGCE (and 60 masters level credits). Fees for the School Direct Unsalaried (PGCE) route are £9250.

Registration on the programme is subject to the successful outcome of all entry requirements and suitability checks being met. Further information may be found here

The School Direct application cycle (for commencement of training in September 2024) opens on Tuesday 10th October 2023 and closes in June 2024. However, we reserve the right to close vacancies early if they are filled before June. Applications should be made on the following website

More information on the scheme from the University of Hertfordshire can be found here