Surrey South Farnham SCITT
Primary (2ML4)

QTS full time with salary

Accredited body
Surrey South Farnham SCITT
Financial support

QTS (qualified teacher status) allows you to teach in state schools in England.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU, the EEA and Switzerland. You should check with the institution you’d like to teach in for confirmation. The status of QTS in these countries may change after the UK leaves the EU. Please check GOV.UK for updates.

To teach in the rest of the UK or internationally, you may wish to consider a ‘PGCE (or PGDE) with QTS’ qualification instead.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
8 October 2019
Date course starts
September 2020


About the course

Surrey South Farnham SCITT is an innovative, leading, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across all areas in Surrey and bordering counties. We have a reputation for being amongst the best school-led teacher training providers in the country (Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 and 2017).

Our School Direct Primary General Salaried programme is an employment based programme that leads to the award of QTS (Qualified Teacher Status). A grant is provided by the government to subsidise an unqualified teachers' salary and to cover training costs. Trainees are employed by a host school and will have the opportunity for a six week experience in a contrasting school and enhancement opportunities within the partnership of schools.

As a primary provider our programmes cover the 3 - 11 age phase and you can select either our 3 - 9 age range programme (covering early years, key stage one and lower key stage two with additional training in EYFS) or our 5 - 11 age range programme (covering key stages one and two).

Trainees are in school for four days each week and this includes some training time to observe experienced colleagues or undertake course requirements. There is a gradual increase of teaching commitments working up to three to four days a week by July 2021. One day each week is spent off site with your local cohort at professional studies training.

SSF provides a diverse and engaging programme of weekly professional studies training, covering the range of primary curriculum subjects, SEND, behaviour management, EAL and others. Training is led by a team of local and national experts and outstanding primary practitioners. Each year the training has a 100% good or very good rating, but is constantly reviewed and updated to keep pace with the changing primary school landscape and national priorities.

We recognise that location is an important factor for you so we run training in geographical cohorts and build local support networks (2020 hubs are Farnham, Reigate and Cobham).

Consideration of trainee workload underpins programme design and structure. Personalised training plans ensure a steady pace and deadlines are carefully scheduled and do not overlap. Every trainee is allocated a school mentor and external support tutor to ensure that training is tailored to individual needs.

Assessment is continuous and will include observations of your teaching, school based tasks and the ability to articulate your practice.

Interview process

Once we have received your application through UCAS we will check that you meet eligibility criteria. Your personal statement will be read by the Director of ITT (who contributes to UCAS advice for applicants in the UCAS blog section on their website).

We will shortlist and invite successful applicants for an interview (we hold interviews each week). This will be held at the lead school, South Farnham School (GU9 8DY). It is important to note that partnership schools are located across the county and within bordering areas. Weekly professional studies training takes place at venues across Surrey to ensure ease of travel and to create local support networks for our trainees.

The interview will consist of:

  • a panel interview with a partnership school head-teacher and a member of the SSF SCITT team
  • a short presentation (five minutes) on your commitment and ability to become an outstanding primary school teacher
  • core subject tests to assess your competency in Mathematics and English (these give us a greater insight into your training needs and enable us to offer subject knowledge enhancement)
  • an opportunity to ask questions and explore your personal training needs, placement school and programme options

If successful at interview and an employing school is found, we will make you an offer through UCAS. Conditions will include the continued support of an employing school, qualification and pre-employment checks.

How school placements work

Trainees are based in various schools across Surrey and the surrounding areas and new schools join us each year. We make every effort to place trainees based upon where they live, ensure accessibility and that the placement is appropriate to their needs. Please click here to view an interactive map of our current partnership schools.

The majority of successful applications are supported by a school and existing relationships are in place. Whilst this is not a requirement of our selection procedures we would strongly advise candidates to seek potential links with local schools.

There are opportunities to experience two schools, visit a special educational needs school and to look at secondary, early years and EAL provision (pupils with English as an additional language).

A benefit of our programme is that you will know which partner school you are to be placed in before attending a welcome meeting in late June/early July with your school based mentor. This gives our trainees the advantage of being able to make links with their new school team before the programme starts.

We always welcome the opportunity to speak to head-teachers and senior leaders about becoming involved, particularly where a potential candidate is being supported by a school not currently in the partnership.


School Direct salaried trainees are to be paid on the unqualified teachers pay scale for the duration of their training (or advertised pay scale in an academy or free school) - minimum point 1

Financial support

Financial support isn’t available for this course because it comes with a salary.

If you choose a course without a salary, you may be eligible for financial support while you study, including bursaries, scholarships and loans.



To apply for a place on our this programme there are entry requirements that must be met prior to commencement in September 2020:

  • a standard equivalent to grade 4 (C) or above in the GCSE examinations in English, mathematics and science
  • a first degree of a United Kingdom higher education institution or equivalent overseas qualification

Personal qualities

We are looking for people with the desire and passion to challenge and inspire children. Excellent communication and inter-personal skills, resilience and determination are essential qualities.

Other requirements

All ITT providers are asked to ensure that all entrants take part in a rigorous process designed to assess their suitability to train to teach. The employing school will conduct pre-employment checks. This includes:

  • Health and physical capacity to teach
  • Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check

About the training provider

Surrey South Farnham SCITT is an innovative, leading, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across all areas in Surrey and bordering counties.

There are many reasons why we are the first choice for so many trainees and schools and we have a reputation for being amongst the best school-led teacher training providers in the country (Good Teacher Training Guide 2015 and 2017). Our CEO Sir Andrew Carter OBE has led a national review of teacher training and we feature as a case study in the National Mentor Standards. Our Director of ITT is a trustee at the National Association of School Based Teacher Training.

Our trainees are highly sought after and we deliver upon an expectation of employment every year. All trainees completed their training at a good or outstanding level last year (60% at the highest level) and their feedback consistently rates the programme as being outstanding. We are Surrey’s largest school-led, primary provider and are praised for our personalised approach to every trainee.

School-led training enables you to learn in a school environment and treated as a member of the school team from day one. You will be surrounded by experienced colleagues and guided through a gradual integration into teaching a class of children. The programme will be tailored to meet your needs and you will be supported by a Mentor and Support Tutor. Weekly professional studies sessions are led by a team of national experts and primary educationalists.

About the accredited body

Surrey South Farnham SCITT was recognised by DfE as an outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training through the award of a Multiple Year Allocation (MYA). This provides longer term stability and planning opportunities for our partnership with a guaranteed number of training places for a three year period.

Training with disabilities and other needs

We pride ourselves in being an equal opportunities provider that encourages and welcomes applicants from under-represented groups, accepting trainees onto our programmes by merit alone.

Contact details

01252 717408
Menin Way


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Choose a training location

You’ll also need to choose a training location – select the relevant location name on the application form.

Choose a training location - List of locations, vacancies and codes
Location Vacancies Code
Camberley - training location
Old Bisley Road, Frimley, Camberley, Surrey, GU16 9RE
Yes J
Chertsey - training location
Frae Pree Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8ET
Yes P
Chilworth - training location
New Road, Chilworth, Surrey, GU4 8NB
Yes Q
Cobham - training location 2
Redhill Road, Cobham, Surrey, KT11 1EF
Yes S
Crawley - training location
Harvest Road, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 7RA
No O
Dorking - training location
Rushetts Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH2 7RF
Yes V
East Grinstead - training location
Crawley Down Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2NT
No M
Epsom, Surrey - training location
St Leonards Road, Epsom Downs, Surrey, KT18 5RJ
Yes T
Esher - training location
Ember Lane, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 0BT
Yes G
Ewell - training location
West Street, Ewell, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 1UZ
Yes N
Farnham - training location 1
Bacon Lane, Churt, Farnham, Surrey, GU10 2QD
Yes I
Guildford - training location 1
Egerton Road, Guilford, Surrey, GU2 7XZ
Yes H
Haslemere - training location 1
Lion Lane, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1JF
Yes Z
Haslemere - training location 2
Lower Road, Grayswood, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 2DR
Yes U
Highfield South Farnham School
Weydon Lane, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8QH
Yes 1
Hindhead - training location
High Pitfold, Hindhead, GU26 6BL
Yes K
Holy Trinity C of E Junior School
Addison Road, Guildford, Surrey, GU1 3QF
Yes 4
Horley, Surrey - training location
Oakwood Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7BZ
No X
Horsham - training location
Freeman Road, Horsham, West Susssex, RH12 3QR
No L
Lingfield - training location
Vicarage Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6HA
Yes Y
Liphook - training location
Avenue Close, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7QE
Yes W
London - training location
Sunnyhill Road, London, London, SW16 2UW
No C
Main Site
Menin Way, Farnham, GU9 8DY
Yes -
Reigate - training location 1
Reigate Hill, Regiate, Surrey, RH2 9PF
Yes E
Reigate - training location 2
Sycamore Walk, Reigate, Surrey, RH2 7LR
Yes R
West Horsley, Leatherhead - 1
Northcote Crescent, Northcote Road, West Horsley, Leatherhead, KT24 6LX
Yes F
Woking, Surrey - 1
Portsmouth Road, Send, Woking, Surrey, GU23 7JZ
Yes D

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