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Initial Teacher Training

School Direct Open Evening

Tuesday 10 October 2017 – 7.00pm, Colehill First School, Wimborne

Learn about school based initial teacher training through School Direct within the Wimborne Teaching School. Find out how to apply, meet with primary partner schools and current School Direct trainees. Currently recruiting for September 2018.

Open to all potential applicants – no need to register. 

Are you interested in training to become a primary school teacher?

St John’s CE First School is the Lead school for Wimborne Teaching School and is also part of Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT). The Trust consists of five First Schools and two Middle Schools. All schools provide excellent environments in which to train teachers and trainees will be placed in schools across the Trust with St John’s taking the lead in the co-ordination having successfully supported trainees since 2006. A number of past trainees have been appointed to posts at St John’s or in other schools across Dorset.

The course starts each September and we would be very interested to hear from you if you are thinking of becoming a teacher. We’re looking for people who have (or will have) a degree, have a passion for teaching and want to inspire young people to fulfil their potential.

Our School Direct courses are designed by practising teachers for trainees wishing to teach pupils in the 5-11 age range. It offers practical teaching experience in a wide range of local schools both urban and rural, excellent support throughout the course and beyond, Qualified Teacher Status and a PGCE (Masters level) validated by The University of Winchester.

We aim to provide a welcoming and inclusive atmosphere where all partners work together to create a supportive, collaborative learning environment. All trainees are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential through a high quality, well planned and rigorously monitored programme.

We strongly recommend that you do not make an application until you have undertaken a minimum of 10 days experience in a mainstream primary school.


Intending trainees should contact Student Finance England for details of eligibility for financial support and the Student Loan Scheme. In certain circumstances the following grants are also available: Parents' Learning Allowance, Adult Dependant's Grant, Disabled Students' Allowances, Childcare Grant

Please visit for full information on loans and maintenance grants.

For any further information on what becoming a teacher might involve more generally, you can also visit


The Wimborne Academy Trust (WAT) recognises that it has a responsibility to build an environment in which all are treated equally and valued as individuals.

All qualified applicants will be given equal consideration appropriate to the training, in accordance with the WAT Single Equality Policy.

Applicants with special needs should contact the WAT CEO to discuss access to the course.

Anyone wishing to apply for the WAT School Direct course should, in the first instance, contact UCAS Teacher Training:
UCAS Teacher Training
New Barn Lane
GL52 3LZ

The course begins each September so applications should be made during the previous academic year.