Why Choose Us?

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Twelve great reasons to choose us!

  • We are an alliance led by one of the county’s most successful schools (St John’s, Marlborough) in collaboration with other primary and secondary schools, both locally and regionally.
  • Our two partnership universities are Bath Spa and Bristol, both outstanding ITT providers.
  • We provide high-quality professional development and excellent mentor support.
  • Excalibur TSA offers ITT’s the opportunity to have placements in well managed and much sought after schools.
  • We provide primary and secondary placements, as well as the opportunity to develop cross phase KS2/3 experience.
  • For our secondary placements we are able to offer an urban and rural school experience, ideal to help you decide where you would like to teach.
  • There are employment and promotion opportunities within the alliance.
  • Our schools are in an excellent geographic location, close to the M4 corridor; St Johns and many of its alliance schools are surrounded by areas of outstanding natural beauty.
  • Fairfield and our Bristol partners are ideally placed to access the thriving city of Bristol.
  • Between them, our schools cover the age range from 3 -19.
  • There is a range of affordable and attractive housing in urban and rural locations within commuting distance of our schools.
  • This is an ideal place to begin your teaching career.

I feel that through a supportive mentor scheme, I have been able to develop my teaching in a practical manner; planning, delivering and reflecting on lessons to build on my practice. By the end of my placement here I feel like a valued member of the department which is very much appreciated.  -Tom P