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Teacher Training

We offer teacher training at various levels. Our 'School Direct' programme with Exeter University provides a full School Direct based training, and we additionally offer apprenticeships and work experience to those looking to enter the profession or gain classroom experience.

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Teacher Training via School Direct

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Broadclyst Primary School in partnership with Exeter University are offering School Direct placements and are calling for applications from the most able graduates in the region.

This is the second year that we are offering places at Broadclyst and a great new way to gain the qualifications and practical skills you need to become a teacher. It allows those who have just finished a degree, or have been working in a career for many years to combine teacher training with actually doing and learning on the job.

The resulting qualification is acredited as a PGCE with QTS.

Applications for the school direct programme are available from the following link:  


We are currently offering 3 School Direct places for the 2014-15 academic year.

For more information, please contact:

Broadclyst Primary School admin@bcps.org.uk or  01392 461288

In order to submit your application, you will be required to confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for School Direct.

All applicants will be asked for details of:

  • contact information
  • qualifications and educational history, including details of the institutions at which qualifications were gained
  • referees, including contact information
  • Candidates are advised to have this information to hand before completing their application.

You will also be required to submit a personal statement. This is your opportunity to explain why the school should offer you a place on the programme. As there is considerable competition for places, we recommend that you spend some time writing, drafting and checking this before submitting your application. Our application tips page gives guidance on the type of information you should include in your personal statement.

Registration and applications are completely free. In addition, the system allows you to save and manage your draft applications, and stores copies of your submitted applications for your reference. You can apply for School Direct places at up to three schools initially. You will be able to apply to further schools if any of your initial applications are unsuccessful and you have not accepted a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) place through the Graduate Teacher Training Registry (GTTR) or Teach First.

Please note that whilst applications for School Direct will not be accepted via the GTTR, you will be asked to note on your School Direct application form whether you have made an application to the GTTR for a place in 2014/15, and if so, which teacher training provider you have applied to and your chosen subject.

You will also be required to take the numeracy and literacy professional skills tests as part of the application process, and ensure you have passed them both before the start of the course.

Duncan Arnot'School Direct at Broadclyst allows the trainee the security of knowing that they will be spending the lion's share of their course working in an outstanding school alongside highly trained and supportive teachers. Unlike the taught PGCE, which only provides around 24 weeks of teaching experience, the School Direct programme offers the trainee a total of 40 weeks. This vast increase in contact time has allowed me to gain further experience of residential trips, training days, continuity through the academic year and a feeling of total inclusion as an important member of the teaching staff which I would not have otherwise experienced.

The Masters modules are taught through distance learning, requiring the trainee to be very well organised and self-motivated. As it stands, School Direct trainees at Broadclyst are given one day of each week to complete their University tasks away from school. However, the University Visiting Tutors are always available and fast to reply to my communications whenever I have needed their help. 

I feel that the School Direct at Broadclyst route to gaining QTS has given me a much more authentic experience during my teacher training than I would have received from the traditional PGCE, and I would recommend it to any students who wish to take a more hands-on approach to their teacher training. From day one I have been treated like a valued member of the teaching staff by everyone at the school, with additional duties and experiences that I would not have received had I been studying the traditional PGCE. Throughout the course, the school have been very thorough, yet flexible in my training, providing weekly teacher-led framework task sessions and going beyond the call of duty in fully supporting me in each of the enrichment experiences which I have requested.'

Duncan Arnot

School Direct Student, 2013-14 at Broadclyst School


James BeevorSchool direct, for me, has married learning the theory of teaching with applying those lessons in a highly practical setting. Being a learn-by-doing minded individual, who benefits most greatly from active practice, I feel this course has suited me perfectly. The time spent at Broadclyst school, all but one half-term in all, makes this course unique, as the integration into the staff is much deeper than for a standard PGCE student who takes on multiple placements. As such I have had great opportunities to be absorbed into the way a school runs day-to-day, as a part of that mechanism, going on various school trips, including a residential in Dartmoor, being  involved in running clubs and taking an active part in planing lessons for my class. These experiences are what truly excites me about this course and continues to improve my practice.

James Beevor

School Direct Student, 2013-14 at Broadclyst School





At Broadclyst we are also supporting those undertaking an Apprenticeship through a college.  The Apprenticeship we offer is about providing support in a classroom in the role of a Teaching Assistant and ensuring that children get the most out of their lessons.  The Apprentices work with the teachers, carrying out duties such as lesson preparation and working with small groups and individuals to facilitate their learning.

As an apprentice, you work under the close supervision of the class teacher and your duties will depend on the planning and activities for the class.  This role is an excellent route to securing a long term position as a Teaching Assistant or as a stepping stone to further education.

For further information regarding applying for an Apprenticeship please contact your local careers advice, or college. 

NoData0036'Since September, I have been part of a Supporting Teaching and Learning Apprenticeship, which allows me to gain a qualification in becoming a teaching assistant. 

Through working four days a week within Broadclyst Primary and having one day studying within Exeter College I feel this path was the best one for me; wanting to gain more experience with a large age range of children. Being able to apply what I learn weekly into the practice of a school day has really enabled me to improve in my  training of a teaching assistant. The school has given me opportunities I would not of received if I was to be in a university program, such as residentials and trips within the school curriculum, which is only further convincing me that this is something I want to be part of for the future. 

Ever since I was young I knew I always wanted to have a career working with children and the fact that I can do this while gaining a qualification and with financial supports makes it viable for young people. The staff here are welcoming and are constantly there when I need help and advice on improving my role and responsibilities, connected with the external support from Exeter College who are constantly mentoring and monitoring my progress. 

Going into an apprenticeship such as this one can create a positive outlook for those people that are unsure of what to do in the future and that it could be lead to future employment choices after the course has finished. Through working in an educational establishment, also that of a working employment sector has allowed me to mature and think clearly about my future and concrete my thoughts into wanting a job in Education. '

Katie Hawkins

Apprentice, 2013-14 at Broadclyst School


Work Experience

Within school we take a number of people for work experience for varying lengths of time.  The experience we offer can be very valuable in offering people the chance to make decisions about future careers, enrich applications for teacher training, and to fulfil course requirements in broadening the experience of people already training to work in education and child care.  We offer placements for:

Secondary school work experience – often for a one or two week block placement

College work experience – this is often for a day a week in industry placement and block placements as part of a course

University work experience – for students about to embark on teacher training to fulfil the application requirements or as part of the course

People are placed within classrooms to work with small groups of children to facilitate their learning.  They are also expected to help with the day to day management of the children and classroom resources and work as part of an adult team within that classroom.

People over the age of 18 will be expected to have a DBS check before working within the school.  If you have any questions regarding any aspect of work experience placements please contact Nina Rothery nrothery@bcps.org 


Bikeability 2013

For the past week, year 6 participated in the Bikeability course run by professional cycle trainers from Devon County Council. All the children that took part in the course passed both Level 1 and Level 2. Despite the variable conditions, the children braved the weather and road their bikes expertly on quiet roads to various places around the village. The idea of the course was to encourage the pupils to become ‘thinking cyclists’ by engaging them in discussions, questioning and practical cycling exercises. It is therefore fantastic to see some of the pupils from Broadclsyt riding their bikes to and from school in a controlled and intelligent manner. Congratulations to all of the year 6 pupils who passed the course, and those who received a certificate and badge to recognise their achievements. 


Contacting Us







You can contact the school by post at the following address:             


Broadclyst Community Primary School
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You can contact the school by phone on the following number:

Telephone - 01392 461288



If you have any queries, you can email the school directly at:


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Broadclyst Community Primary School is part of the Cornerstone Academy Trust


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Chair of Trustees

Henry Massey

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Running Yr 5 - 6

The Running club is run by Mr Arnot and Miss Tibbott on Thursdays at 3.30-4.45pm. The children meet in 5DA and will run off-site but always returning to school. Extending links with Killerton House and Martinfield farm, the after-school running club has been lucky enough to enjoy the running courses up through the forest in the grounds and along the cycle path to the farm.

Many of the children have been part of the Great West Run School Challenge, running 12 miles prior to the race day, then the final mile with the other competitors over the finish line.

The members of the club are committed to improving their fitness, stamina and distance and are enjoying seeing improvements each week.



Forest School Yr 2 - 3

The Forest School is on a Tuesday from 3.30pm - 4.45pm with Miss Northcott and Mrs Williams. The children meet in 1ACM.

Forest School is an holistic approach to education, which aims to enable and develop each individual child according to their needs; addressing educational, emotional, spiritual, and physical aspects of learning. It aims to teach skills and develop confidence in an enjoyable and relaxed way. Forest School is child centred and leaders respond to the interests and ideas of each child.


Forest School develops peer learning, with the adults providing support and enabling activities. Forest school activities are “open ended” enabling all children to achieve. It aims to encourage children to take on new challenges, take risks, and persevere with difficulties.


This term we will be making pictures using woodland materials, building shelters for small animals, creating stories using story sticks, lighting fires and even cooking some damper bread and marshmallows.






Spanish club is run by Miss Gomersall on a Wednesday in 2SG from 3.30pm-4.45pm. It is a fun and interactive club. It is an opportunity for children to get a basic introduction to the Spanish language in an interactive and engaging way. They will also learn about Spain; for example, where it is, its capital city, its cultures and traditions.

Throughout the term we will move on to talking about where they live, their family, hobbies, sports and subjects at school. We will also be looking at sampling some \'tapas\' and learning some flamenco dancing.

Through learning songs in Spanish, children are able to increase their vocabulary; for example, the Spanish version of \'Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes\'.

Many of the activities are taken from the \'Language Nut\' website, which all children are able to access at home.




Art R-1

The Year R-1 Art Club is run by Mrs Tonia Dudley and Mrs Emily Daniels on a Tuesday from 3.30-4.45pm in the Art Room.

The Art CLub will provide a great opportunity to explore a range of materials creatively to design and make products through projects and and well known stories such as The Hungry Caterpillar. They will be able to use drawing, painting and sculpture to develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Art (Yr 2 – 3)

The Year 2-3 Art Club is run by Miss Nicola Knight and Mrs Angela Crossley-May. It is held in the Art Room on Thursday at 3.30-4.45pm.

Each term the children will undertake a project based around a famous artist, experimenting with styles, techniques and materials to achieve a finished piece of work. The produced work will be put on display around the school and stored in digital portfolios.

Art (Yr 5 - 6)

The Year 5-6 Art Club is run by Mr Leslie and Miss Farrant in the art Room from 3.30pm - 4.45pm on a Wednesday.

The idea is to build up a series of images in individual sketch books which will be displayed with the final pieces at the exhibition. This club is for the older children and is an opportunity to use art, craft and design to improve pupils' self-confidence and creativity. The children will be encouraged to choose their own materials and resources, making decisions and working confidently in groups and on their own.



About The Nursery



Our on-site 36 place school-led Nursery provides excellent care and education for children aged from two years.  The Nursery is led by Early Years teacher, Kim Brooks.  She works very closely with our Reception Class teachers, Laura Fox, Rachel Smith and Tonia Dudley, forming our very successful Foundation Stage teaching team.

Here is the current Broadclyst pdfNursery Application Form.

The Nursery delivers the first part of the Early Years Foundation Stage, which is continued through into the Reception class, providing progression matched to each child’s developmental stages from two to five years.

We are an inclusive and innovative school which endeavours to create an environment which fosters a love of learning and offers opportunities for children to work both collaboratively and independently to meet their full potential.  Our Nursery strives to provide a wide range of opportunities and experiences to encourage our youngest children to develop their natural curiosity and thinking skills.  In this way they will develop the foundations upon which they will continue to build throughout their school career and beyond.


The Nursery sessions run from:

9.00am to 12.00m
12.00pm to 3.00pm

The Nursery opens at 8.45am, for children to be dropped off, and closes at 3.30pm.  Children attending a morning session only need to be collected at 12.00pm.  Children attending an afternoon session, or all day, can be collected between 3.00pm and 3.30pm.  The extra time offered outside of the Nursery sessions is to allow you to discuss your child’s needs and progress with the Nursery staff and is not to be used as an extension of the sessions.  You will only be charged (if applicable) for your child’s attendance between 9.00am and 3.00pm.


Lunch times are part of the education of the children as they teach them key social skills.  We therefore allow for lunch to be eaten at the end of the morning sessions or at the beginning of the afternoon session, depending on your child’s session pattern.

Children attending a morning session only can have lunch at 11.30am or you may prefer your child to eat at home with you.  Children attending an afternoon session only can have lunch when they arrive at 12.00pm.  A school dinner can be order on the day at a cost of £2.20 either in the Nursery or by phoning the school office by 9.30am.  The current menu can be viewed on the school website (under the Parents’ tab) and we send out the next terms menu choices at the end of the previous term.  Alternatively your child can bring a packed lunch from home.


Our current hourly rates are:

£4.90 per hour for 2 year olds
£4.00 per hour for 3 and 4 year olds

These are charged for hours over and above Early Years Entitlement and 2Gether funding and for non-funded children.

You can check with www.gov.uk to see whether you are eligible to receive help with childcare costs, including the 2Gether scheme for 2 year olds.


Invoices for any unfunded hours are sent out at the beginning of every term.  Our preferred method of payment is online, using the ‘Wisepay’ system, which is accessible via the school’s website.  Alternatively you can pay by cheque (made payable to Broadclyst Primary Academy Trust) or cash at main reception.  We also accept employer’s childcare vouchers.

Further details on how to pay are available by contacting the school office.

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