Hi Binnie I did, yes sorry for the very late reply!
I'm so glad to hear you enjoyed your training year. I've been training at the school this week, and a few people there who've already done School Direct have said the same thing - that it's hugely challenging, but also a really rewarding year!
Were you in a primary or secondary school, if you don't mind me asking?
The school will be in a challenging area by default, although many are good and outstanding. You will be amongst plenty of other trainees as they also recruit heavily from Teach First so you will find that the school is well set up for employment-based training.
The employability is a perk but I actually feel a lot more confident going into my new role in September having spent that much longer in school. I have seen, for instance, the very first week as well as the very last week. This can only help to prepare me!