CHS recognised as centre of excellence for maths and physics training

CHS has joined a rosta of leading schools to become a regional teacher training hub for maths and physics.

As the newest member of the National Mathematics and Physics SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training), we have been recognised as a centre of excellence for the subjects.

CHS is now one of eight hubs which work with partner schools in their areas to deliver high quality classroom-based maths and physics teacher training. Other top independents signed up to the scheme include Charterhouse, Bolton School and Dulwich College.

Recruitment onto the pioneering programme will begin in the new year, for maths trainees to join us in the classroom from September 2020.

SCITT programmes are aimed at both new graduates and career changers and enable a new generation of teachers to benefit from highly practical, school-based training.

The National Mathematics and Physics (NMAP) SCITT is the only school-centred provider delivering dedicated maths and physics teacher training. It has been developed in partnership with experts from the Institute of Physics and the Mathematical Association.

Trainees will spend most of their time at CHS, building their confidence and experience, with weekly academic theory sessions to support their development. They will also work for six weeks in a contrasting second school to broaden their experience. This will be one of CHS’s partner state schools.

A recruitment campaign will begin in the coming weeks, which will include the opportunity to spend a Day in the Life of a Maths Teacher on Wednesday 15th January 2020. Any interested in attending should email

At the end of the one year SCITT programme, trainees will receive Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), including credits towards a Masters qualification.

Neil Smith, Head, said: “We are extremely proud to become a hub for maths and physics teacher training. As a school, we are committed to developing the next generation of teaching professionals; a cohort who will have expert subject knowledge, be confident in the classroom and able to collaborate with colleagues throughout the School.”

Steven Norton, CHS Head of Maths, said: “This is a great opportunity for colleagues in the maths department to teach and mentor trainees. And it will further strengthen what is already a highly successful department. Maths trainees at CHS will benefit from learning in school from day one alongside subject specialist mentors and practising teachers.”

Maths at CHS is a consistently strong department. In last year’s A Level results, 84% of candidates gained A*-B. 100% of Further Maths candidates gained A*-B.