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Initial Teacher Training

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 three Middle Schools. All schools provide excellent environments in which to train teachers. Trainees are placed in schools across our Trust. St John’s,  the lead school, has successfully supported trainees since 2006 and the other schools since 2015. 

A very large number of past trainees have been successfully appointed to posts within Wimborne Academy Trust schools or elsewhere in Dorset.

The course starts each September and runs until the end of June. 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. They offer practical teaching experience in a wide range of local schools, both urban and rural, combined with excellent academic and professional support throughout the course and beyond. The programme leads to the achievement of 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 welcomed as members of staff in their placement schools. They are given the opportunity to achieve their full potential through a high quality, well planned and rigorously monitored programme. We take pride in the high quality  partnership we forge with the University of Winchester.

We welcome applications from all prospective trainees who 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.


School Direct Information

From time to time we hold information events at one of our schools, so that potential teacher training applicants can find out about the School Direct programme we offer, hearing from current trainees and asking questions about the programme.  Please check back here for details of future dates.

Click below to download a slideshow summary of the Programme, used in our presentation and drop-in events.


To view current teaching vacancies, please visit the DfE Teaching Vacancies Service website by clicking here.