Greet Teaching School Alliance

UCAS codes: School Direct salaried – 2BRR; School Direct training programme – 2BRQ

Greets SchoolLocation of partnership schools

The Greet Teaching School Alliance is an Alliance of over 40 Primary Schools, based in the inner-city of Birmingham. 

Our partner schools for School Direct include: Arden Primary School, Benson Community School, Brookfields Primary School, Clifton Primary School, Conway Primary School, Greet Primary School, Nelson Mandela School, St John's CE Primary School, Starbank  School, Acocks Green Primary School, Alston Primary School, English Martyrs Catholic Primary School, Hillstone Primary School, Hodge Hill Primary School, Ladypool Primary School, Leigh Primary School, Nansen Primary School, Park Hill Primary School, Regents Park Community Primary School, Robin Hood Academy, Somerville Primary School, Story Wood School, Ward End Primary School, Welford Primary School and Wyndcliffe Primary School.

Final decisions on Home School placements will be made through negotiation with successful candidates and schools offering training placements.

Partnership ethos

Greet Teaching School Alliance was Birmingham’s first primary teaching school, designated in September 2011 as part of the first national cohort of just 35 primary schools. Our designation has a clear focus on the support and development of schools in inner city Birmingham, driven by our strong moral purpose.

We are all committed to the best possible achievement for our children and staff and we set expectations high so that community aspirations can be raised.  We promote professional development and leadership over the long term with a view to building sustainable career opportunities for teachers and other staff, from initial teacher training through to the highest levels of leadership.

What makes our School Direct partnership special? 

We offer a bespoke School Direct PGCE teacher training programme, continually developed and refined in response to feedback from previous cohorts. Our trainees benefit from a high quality programme of support and training, designed to equip them with the skills, knowledge and practice to become excellent teachers in our schools.  We view the School Direct training year as the start of a career within the Greet Teaching School Alliance. The schools in our partnership share the same ethos, so our Alliance Headteachers and school staff are committed to investing considerable time and support to ensure that the programme gives our trainees the best possible grounding and start to their career in primary teaching.

Why train with our School Direct Partnership? 

  • As a partnership, we have considerable experience with School Direct, having been involved with the programme since it was first introduced.
  • We offer a programme of high quality training, delivered by expert practitioners from good and outstanding schools across the Teaching School Alliance.  Feedback and Evaluations from all training sessions are consistently positive, highlighting not only how useful and engaging the training is, but also the knowledge and approachableness of the presenters.
  • Excellent employment rates, with the majority of trainees employed in Alliance partnership schools.
  • As a Teaching School Alliance, we see the School Direct year as the start of your successful career with us. NQTs in Alliance Schools benefit from our high quality, year-long NQT Induction Programme.  We also offer a range of professional development opportunities for staff at different stages of their career and all levels of leadership. 

Support for students during training 

Throughout the training year, our trainees are formally supported in school by a designated class teacher and school-based tutor, as well as their University partnership tutor.  They also have access to a strong network of support within their Home and Development Schools, from the University and across the Teaching School Alliance.

greets school2Working with the University of Birmingham 

Many of our schools have worked to train teachers with the University of Birmingham for a number of years, and we are very pleased to now be working together on the School Direct programme.  We have established good relationships and strong communication with University colleagues and will work collaboratively over the year to ensure that our School Direct programme is as effective as possible in meeting our trainees’ needs.

Contact Details 

Emma Arnott, Teaching School Manager: itt.greettsa@greet.bham.sch.uk; tel: 0121 303 1587.

Shirley Queenan, Teaching School Business Manager: itt.greettsa@greet.bham.sch.uk; tel: 0121 303 1587. 


School Direct, University of Birmingham https://www.birmingham.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/taught/edu/school-direct.aspx