Teacher Training

Torfield and Saxon Mount are lead schools in a School Direct Partnership with the University of Brighton. This means we work with the University and partner special schools to offer a range of PGCE programmes to train new teachers. Our programmes offer trainee teachers opportunities to complete teaching practice in both mainstream and special school settings. This approach provides an attractive experience that could broaden a successful candidates future employment opportunities; We know that teachers with SEND experience are attractive to both mainstream schools and special schools and these routes provide such experience. These programmes typically offer two teaching practices within a special school. A third teaching practice takes place within an appropriate mainstream setting.

The Torfield School and Saxon Mount School partnership includes The Lindfield School, New Horizons School and The South Downs Community Special School to offer these unique opportunities. All current programmes are taught – we do not offer salaried PGCEs at this time. The current programmes that we are recruiting to for SEPTEMBER 2017 are below. All applications must be made through UCAS (information here) and candidates may be invited to interview at both the school they are applying to and the University of Brighton as part of the selection process:

  • Torfield School and the South Downs Community Special School offer Primary PGCE
  • Saxon Mount School offers Secondary English, Secondary Maths and Secondary Biology PGCE
  • New Horizons School offers Secondary English and Secondary Mathematics PGCE
  • The Lindfield School offers Secondary Mathematics and Secondary Biology

Torfield is a 4-11 special school in Hastings. We are federated with Saxon Mount School in nearby St Leonards. This is an 11-16 special school. Both schools are successful and judged 'Good' (Ofsted, December 2013) with outstanding features. More detailed information about our organisation can be found at our website: The Lindfield School is a successful 11-16 special school in Eastbourne that was judged 'Good' at its most recent inspection. It is federated with The South Downs Community Special School, a successful 4-11 special school in Eastbourne that was judged 'Outstanding' in its two previous inspections. More information about these schools can be found at their website: New Horizons School is a successful 9-16 special school in St Leonards. It was judged to be 'Outstanding' at its most recent inspection and is part of the Sabden federation of schools. More information about this school can be found here.

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