Why Train With Us?

Our schools are fantastic places to train, work and learn. They provide a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with the University of Hertfordshire, which is our higher education partner. Our partnership’s vision is simple but powerful we prepare our teachers and students to be respectful of others, to be confident in all that they do and to achieve their full potential.

Also, all partnership schools endeavour to create an environment in which staff, pupils and trainee teachers alike feel valued and supported. We have all worked with trainee teachers for many years and we fully recognise how much vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive they can offer our respective school communities.

Importantly, the partnership sees its staff as its most valuable resource and its schools have a proven track record in training and professional development. Our teachers are excellent practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills and are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.

All of our secondary schools are comprehensive, mixed 11-18 schools with, on average, 1000+ students on roll, including thriving and successful Sixth Forms. Moreover, Goffs Oak Primary is a successful comprehensive primary and nursery school that is popular with parents.

Partnership Schools

The partnership includes some of the leading secondary schools in East Hertfordshire including Goffs School and Cheshunt School, which are both located in Cheshunt, as well as Sheredes School and The John Warner School, which are based in Hoddesdon. Our partnership also includes Goffs Oak Primary, which is near Cuffley and The Tring School in West Hertfordshire.

Where to Find Our Schools

Goffs Oak, Goffs, Cheshunt and Sheredes are strategically positioned a few miles from Junction 25 of the M25 and are all close to the A1. The nearest mainline railway stations are in Cheshunt and Broxbourne. Goffs Oak is quite close to Cuffley station. The University of Hertfordshire is in Hatfield, which is well served by rail from London Kings Cross and is on the A1. Full directions to the university and schools can be found on their websites.

Tring School is 30 miles north-west of London along the A41. From the M25, you would exit at Junction 20.

Special Features

All schools in the partnership offer a variety of special features. Each school has its unique ethos and student vibe. One of the benefits of the partnership is the ability to work in Hertfordshire, but have excellent access to London.

Student Facilities

All schools have a variety of extra-curricular activities that enrich student life. The pastoral care at each school is excellent and each school offers child protection training and advice on safeguarding.

Study Facilities

All schools have their own unique study facilities and you will be given a full tour of the school on interview to view these facilities.


East Herts Schools Direct Partnership does not provide any accommodation for trainee teachers. However, the area the schools are situated in have plenty of opportunities for those seeking to rent accommodation. The schools also have good rail and road links with London.

Child Care Facilities

The University of Hertfordshire has child care facilities which can be used by School Direct trainees when they are studying on the university site as part of their programme. However, partnership schools cannot provide trainees with child care facilities and this will have to be organised by the trainee and at their own expense.

Disability Access

The University of Hertfordshire has full disabled access. It would, however, be useful if applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let the training schools know on their application so that schools can ensure that they can access the school and can fully participate in the interview process.