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Churchdown School

The education we provide is guided by values of integrity, resilience, respect, ambition and friendship. These values are particularly important to us as we develop the students into lifelong learners and prepare them for a life beyond school.
We are an 11-18, non-selective academy where everyone, staff and students, strive to be the best they can be. Our aim is simple ‘to achieve success for all’. We are proud of our warm and welcoming community in which everyone participates to make a positive contribution. We are simply aiming to be the best we can be. Teachers are unrelenting and ensure there are no limits or barriers to student achievement. Students enjoy their school lives and are proud of their school. Every decision we make has the students’ best interests at the core.
Expectations are high and our students’ approach to the community and learning is fantastic. At Churchdown the small things matter and it is these marginal gains that impact on the holistic educational experience on offer. We encourage participation in a wide range of educational and life enriching activities. By the time students finish their education here, they will have been challenged academically and nurtured into fine young adults.

About our school experience

We frequently welcome visitors to our school, particularly those considering a career in teaching, and we have strong links with local providers of PGCE courses. We have several trainees working on placement in our school, and you will experience a highly professional, supportive and friendly learning environment for all. You can come for a visit for one day, or for longer, up to a week. You will be assigned a subject teacher and given a timetable of different lessons to observe in the department and across the school. You will be able to meet with the PGCE Lead Mentor and have a tour of the school. You will find out about the various routes into teacher training available locally. You will be able to meet with the head of department and talk with subject teachers about their lessons. You will experience daily life, systems, routines and structures in our school, and will see the positive working atmosphere and excellent working relationships in all areas of our school community.
Start and finish times
8:15am to 3:30pm - Flexible

If you need a later start time, or an earlier finish time, due to other commitments, please let us know and we shall come to an agreement regarding times.

Dress code

Business dress, Cover up tattoos, Remove piercings

Teacher training

We offer placements for trainees at the universities of Gloucestershire, Worcester and Bath Spa; GITEP SCITT, Prince Henry's SCITT and Cleeve School Direct. The PGCE Lead Mentor is also Lead Mentor for the university of Gloucestershire' s teacher training programme. We are currently preparing to offer the opportunity to deliver the Best Practice Network Teacher Apprenticeship.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must have a degree
    • Photo identification: Passport or driving licence
DBS check required

Yes - when in school. Please provide proof of your DBS check on arrival in reception, along with your passport or driving licence.

Placement availability

We offer school experience placements throughout the academic year.

School experience type
In school


Winston Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2RB
Map showing Churchdown School

Yes - on site parking provided

Park in the visitors' section of the school car park, which is on the right as you drive in.

Winston Road, Churchdown, Gloucester, Gloucestershire, GL3 2RB
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

Yes - when in school. Please provide proof of your DBS check on arrival in reception, along with your passport or driving licence.

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  • Computing
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  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Psychology
  • Religious education
  • Social sciences
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