Hello I applied for the PGCE secondary course in English for Exeter and they invited me for interview at the end of this month. However, I asked them to postpone until February because of family issues, but that's another story anyways :P I would like to know if you are a PGCE student in Exeter, what accomodation did you live in and at which area? This is because when I received my information pack, it stated this:
"The schools in which Exeter University teacher trainees work are situated throughout the SW region, from Penzance in the far west to Poole and Bournemouth in the east and across Devon and Somerset. It is therefore essential that you do not enter into an annual accommodation contract if you are moving into the Exeter area to start the PGCE course. If you already live in the area, and especially if you have family commitments such as children at school, we will do our best to arrange school placements for you that are as convenient as possible. However, our flexibility in this respect is very limited. We cannot guarantee that your school placements will be close to where you live."
As I live around 2 hours away from Exeter and I've never been there before in my life (I chose the area because it has a very good reputation for English and I would like to go somewhere further and somewhere I've never been before) I am intending to rent a place near St. Luke's campus or live in postgrad halls for a year. However, it is stated in my letter that they do not recommend this as I might have to travel to Penzance or Bournemouth to go to school? I admit I panicked when I saw this as I thought I would be placed in a school solely in the Exeter area and nowhere else. The other thing is I don't drive, would that encourage the PGCE people to get me a place nearer? If anyone is currently doing this course what do you reccomend in terms of accomodation? Anyone please reply ASAP as I'm really panicking!!
Have you done any of these?