Welcome to MSC

MSC is a well-established partnership of schools working closely together to provide excellent teacher training in Somerset and the surrounding counties.  

We pride ourselves on our superb working relationships with our schools and our ability to meet the needs of our trainee teachers. In January 2013 the MSC‘s provision was graded as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted. We are never complacent and strive to act on trainees’ and schools’ feedback to strengthen our provision.

The MSC aims to

  1. Recruit highly qualified and motivated graduates to train to teach with its partnership schools
  2. Work collaboratively with its partnership schools to provide high quality training for all trainees
  3. Enable trainees to make the maximum amount of progress against the Teachers’ standards
  4. Support trainees with securing employment in state schools within the local area
  5. Produce NQTs who are confident and resilient

We offer several routes to Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option of taking a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) with 60 M level credits.

Ofsted have commented on the ‘outstanding coherence of the training course’ which challenges ‘trainees to stretch themselves to attain consistently high quality teaching skills by the end of the course.’ MSC has a reputation for selecting high calibre trainees who excel during their training year and continue to excel when they join the teaching profession; they prove to be highly competent, committed and enthusiastic teachers.

We are always very happy to answer your queries or questions so please do contact us.


The partnership is central to the success of the MSC. The outstanding training successfully combines school-based training with an excellent range of complementary professional studies. The partnership offers opportunities to mentors, SLEs and schools to deliver key aspects of the professional training thus bringing contemporary issues to the forefront of training.

High employment rates typically exceed those found nationally; these successfully support local recruitment and teacher retention in partner schools. Many of our previous trainees now hold middle and senior management posts in schools within Somerset. 


Partnership Manager: Sarah Lewis

Assistant Partnership Manager: Verity Stoffell

MSC Personnel: Sophie Hopkins and Sally Emery

Finance Officer: Stephanie Plowman