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Northgate High School

At Northgate High School we have been supporting trainee teachers extremely successfully for many years and we welcome visitors who are seriously considering making teaching their career in the near future.

We have enthusiastic and highly experienced staff who value the process of mentoring trainee teachers through their journey towards becoming excellent teachers. We work closely with the EAST SCITT and NESTT SCITT and the UEA PGCE programmes.

We are an inclusive 11-18 secondary school that embraces the three core values of Respect, Determination and Teamwork. These values are fundamental to the calm and positive learning environment that we strive to achieve at all levels across the school. Northgate has high expectations – not only around securing academic success and appropriate onward pathways for our students, but in maintaining good discipline and behaviour.

The Northgate site is impressive, with purpose-built centres maintained and equipped to the highest standards to meet the expectations and demands of today's students, their parents, and the wide-ranging timetable we offer. We also cater for the needs of the community in that we have joint-use and shared Arts and Sports Centre facilities.

About our school experience


We are able to offer an opportunity to observe lessons for a day in school in order to enable a candidate who is serious about wanting to train to teach to get a taste of life as a teacher.

During your day with us you will have the opportunity to:

• Observe teaching in a specialist subject
• Talk to teachers about day-to-day school life
• Talk to our experienced Professional Development Tutor about routes into teaching
• Watch a range of lessons and age groups being taught
• Meet other potential trainees
• Meet PGCE trainees who are in school

Start and finish times
8.25am to 4.00pm
Dress code

Business dress, Smart casual

Teacher training

We work closely with the EAST SCITT, the NESTT SCITT and the UEA PGCE programmes. We have trainees each year from all three training providers. We also occasionally host trainees from Teach First for their second training placements.

We work with the DfE and host several paid undergraduate DfE Teaching Internship placements for three weeks in Chemistry, Maths, Physics, Computing and MFL each Summer.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must have a degree
    • They must live within 20 miles of the school
    • Photo identification: passport or driving licence
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement dates

There are no upcoming dates


Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 3DL
Map showing Northgate High School

Yes - on site parking provided

Parking is available on site – please enter at the main school entrance (gate A) and park in the car parks to your left as you enter the main drive.

Sidegate Lane West, Ipswich, Suffolk, IP4 3DL
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

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  • Drama
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  • Health and social care
  • History
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  • Music
  • Physical education
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