School profile

Minsthorpe Community College

We are a large secondary comprehensive school with Post 16 provision. We have approximately 1500 students and are situated in South Elmsall near Pontefract.

Usually, you will be based at Minsthorpe for your school experience. However, we may also ask if you are willing to travel to one of our partner schools to ensure you get the best possible experience.

About our school experience


Initially, you will spend a day in school experiencing life as a teacher and observing lessons in the subject you are interested in. During your visit you will be able to:
- observe different lessons and teaching styles
- see your subject area of interest being taught
- talk to other teachers and find out as much as you can about the profession
- interact and work with pupils
- talk to staff who run the YTCA SCITT and find out about our ITT provision and life as a trainee teacher
- ask any questions you may have.

Following this, if you would like to gain more experience, you can join our longer school experience programme for an immersive experience. We will give you details about these when you visit.

Start and finish times
8.30am to 2.45pm - Flexible

On request. Please liaise - you will be sent a schedule for your visit prior to the day.

Dress code

Business dress

Teacher training

Yes, the Yorkshire Three Counties Alliance SCITT is based at Minsthorpe.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course
    • Photo identification: Passport or driving licence
    • Must have or be in their final year of a first (undergraduate) degree.
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

We welcome any dates and would respond on a request-by-request basis. We close for:
- Autumn half-term on 20th October for a week
- Christmas on 16th December for two weeks
- Spring half-term on 10th February for a week
- the Easter holidays on the 31st March for two weeks
- Summer half-term on 26th May for a week
- the summer holiday on 21st July

School experience type
In school


Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 2UJ
Map showing Minsthorpe Community College

Yes - on site parking provided

Please park in the bottom visitor carpark near to the Sports and Fitness Centre. You will then need to walk back up the main road to the Main Reception and will be met by a member of staff.

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Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF9 2UJ
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Business studies
  • Chemistry
  • Citizenship
  • Computing
  • Design and technology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • Health and social care
  • History
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious education
  • Social sciences
  • Spanish