St Joseph's R.C. High School
& Sports College

St Joseph's RC High School

St Joseph's RC High School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children
and young people and, expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

School Direct is a new initiative that enables prospective trainees an opportunity to choose the group of schools they would like to be trained in. It also gives them a greater opportunity to develop much closer links with those schools during and after their training.


Rivington School Direct is a partnership of ten secondary schools in Bolton and two North West Universities supported by primary and secondary special schools and the Bolton Pupil Referral Service to deliver Initial Teacher Training. We have 14 trainees for 2013-2014 assigned across Mathematics, English, Science, Modern Foreign Languages, History and Design Technology.


Harper Green School, Ladybridge High School, Rivington and Blackrod High School, St Joseph’s RC High School, Sharples School, Thornleigh Salesian College, Turton High School, Westhoughton High School, Essa Academy and Smithills School are the 10 Secondary schools in the partnership with the Manchester Metropolitan University (MMU) and The University of Manchester, our partner Universities. Firwood High School, our Secondary and Ladywood Special School, our Primary, are supporting special schools. The partnership is also working strategically with the Ladywood Teaching School Alliance.


Trainees will have an opportunity to experience a wide variety of alternative school settings, follow a unique Foundation Leadership course and gain a PGCE with Masters Accreditation through the Manchester Metropolitan University or The University of Manchester (both of whom are graded as Outstanding for all areas of Initial Teacher Training).


So if you are interested in this exciting new development in initial teacher training, please contact Jim Mitchell at for more details or The Teaching Agency (TA) at where you can apply for a place.




Teacher Training