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The Sydney Russell School

Sydney Russell is a popular and over-subscribed All Through School, which has 13 forms of entry. At Sydney Russell School we uphold the traditional values of strong discipline, school uniform and a demanding classroom ethos. At the same time, we are totally committed to the best use of 21st century computer technology to help teaching and learning. Our first priority is the development of every child's academic potential to the fullest.

About our school experience


The SEP offers a school visit to those people who are considering teaching primary or secondary level. It not only offers you the chance to observe teaching and pastoral work here at Sydney Russell School, but to talk to staff at all levels about day to day life in a school such as ours.
The programme will be of particular use to you if:
• You want to gain an insight into teaching and see if it is really a career you would like to pursue
• You want to gain observational experience prior to an interview
We offer School Experience Days throughout the academic year across Primary, Secondary and Post-16. We offer the opportunity to observe a range of teaching styles and lessons, as well as talking to key professionals about routes into teaching.

During your experience, you'll get to do things like:
• observe lessons
• see how teachers manage a classroom
• find out how specific subjects are taught
• learn more about teacher training - including the application and interview process

Start and finish times
8.30am to 3.00pm - Flexible

Flexible to be discussed

Dress code

Business dress, Smart casual

Teacher training

Sydney Russell School is a lead school of Partnership London SCITT (PLS). PLS is dedicated to developing and improving education in East London through robust and ambitious initial teacher training. PLS aims to recruit, train and retain the very best teachers for the young people in the culturally rich, diverse and evolving community it serves. At our core, we are a partnership and our mission focuses on the following three elements of teacher training and education:
1. Learner - Our learner centred curriculum aims to create a learning community rooted in continual reflection and professional dialogue between PLS teachers, expert colleagues and their pupils.
2. Subject - Our subject centred curriculum recognises the importance of knowledge and encourages commitment to lifelong learning as subject/phase specialists.
3. Society - Our society centred curriculum encourages PLS teachers to serve, promote and challenge the community of the PLS partnership.
PLS is led by a team of educational experts with a wealth of experience and knowledge. This team is supported by high quality practitioners, still practising in schools across East London.
PLS is a unique collaboration between two teacher training centres, St Angela’s Ursuline Teacher Training Centre and The Sydney Russell School Teacher Training Centre.
Our school-led training takes place in over 50 vibrant, innovative and transforming Primary and Secondary schools in East London and Essex, covering a wide range of boroughs including, Barking and Dagenham, Newham, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Tower Hamlets, Havering and Thurrock.
PLS offers a number of routes into the teaching profession;
• one-year programme QTS only
• one year programme QTS and PGCE (Master’s level) accredited by University of Sussex
Individuals who complete the school-experience programme and who meet PLS’ entry requirements are guaranteed an interview with PLS.

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
    • Must have a degree
    • Photo identification: Passport or Driving Licence
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

Sydney Russell will be hosting School Experience Visits from September -May only. The summer term will be unavailable this year due to GCSE and A-Level exams taking place.

School experience type
In school


Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 5QT
Map showing The Sydney Russell School

Yes - on site parking provided

Parking is available onsite although our parking spaces are limited and the car park can be full by 8am
TFL links easily accessible

Disability and access details

We offer facilities and provide an inclusive environment for students, staff and school experience candidates with disability and access needs. We're happy to discuss your disability or access needs before or as part of your school experience request.

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Parsloes Avenue, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 5QT
School phases
Early years, Primary (4 to 11), Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

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