About TBSHS : Training and Career Development

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Training and Career Development at TBSHS

Growing Great Teachers                                                                              

We at TBSHS are strongly committed to nurturing trainees and teachers entering the profession at the start of their career.

If you are a trainee teacher, TBSHS is a great destination – whether you are undertaking PGCE, QTS or School Direct. Working closely with the Faculty of Education at Cambridge, our local Bishop's Stortford SCITT or other university providers, we have a team of experienced mentors waiting to support you in your classroom experience.

If you are a newly qualified teacher, we offer a complete induction programme to further your expertise and your career.

Many of our trainees and our NQTs continue to develop their careers at TBSHS. Our retention is very good, because of the support and career development we can offer. Here are some of their stories:


Jennifer Smith: Mathematics   

The Bishop’s Stortford High School was my second and longest placement during my PGCE training year. The support provided throughout the placement was fantastic and as a result I felt confident in joining the school as an NQT the following year. During my first year of teaching the support that continued to be offered to me was invaluable in allowing me to build in confidence as well as in pushing me to take on greater responsibilities such as organising trips and getting involved in extra-curricular activities. In my second year of teaching, the opportunity arose to take on the roles of Second in English and Literacy coordinator as maternity cover. The ability to take on additional responsibility at this point in my career has been key in my development as a teacher and I am thankful for the continued support of the school and the many opportunities for advancement that are offered here.


William Alexander: Subject Leader for MFL

I came to TBSHS as an MFL trainee in January 2014. From the beginning, I was not only welcomed warmly by the department, but also felt very at home in the staffroom where I often had the opportunity to have a chat with staff from a wide range of departments. The support which I received from my mentor, the professional tutor and the department was excellent; it was very much a personalised training programme.

I was lucky to be appointed as an NQT for the following year, where, again, the support I received was excellent. On top of this, CPD opportunities were plentiful, such as lesson study or weekly sessions run internally for all staff, and we as NQTs were also given opportunities to contribute to staff training and INSET days. My career in the school has been varied, even in my first two years. I applied and interviewed for curriculum and pastoral promotions and was appointed as Head of Year 8 starting in September 2015. Although I had always thought I would prefer curriculum-related roles, being a head of year gave me a more whole-school and holistic approach to the profession and it has been wholly rewarding throughout. In September 2016, I changed roles to Head of MFL, an unprecedented move, but another exciting opportunity.