Surrey South Farnham SCITT Primary (2ML5)

QTS full time

Accredited body
Surrey South Farnham SCITT
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

Qualified teacher status (QTS) allows you to teach in state schools in England and may also allow you to teach in other parts of the UK.

It may also allow you to teach in the EU and EEA, though this could change after 2020.

If you’re planning to teach overseas, you should always check what qualifications are needed in the country you’d like to teach in.

Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
13 October 2020
Date course starts
September 2021


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 programme is built around a trainee having an on-going experience in one local host school, 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 school based training time to observe experienced colleagues or undertake course requirements. A gradual increase of teaching commitments starts with co-delivery of aspects of a lesson and delivery of a whole lesson. As confidence increases you will deliver sequences of lessons and work up to three to four days a week by July 2022. One day each week is spent off site at your local cohort’s 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 (2020/21 hubs are Farnham, Reigate, Epsom and Cobham).

Consideration of trainee workload underpins programme design and structure. Personalised training plans ensure a steady pace and deadlines are carefully scheduled/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 includes observations of your teaching, school based tasks, articulation of practice using clear and transparent criteria. Judgements are based on a trainee’s ability to teach across the primary curriculum.

School placements

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, accessibility and to ensure that the placement is appropriate to their needs. Please click here to view an interactive map of our current partnership 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.

Interview process

Once we have received your application through UCAS or DfE Apply 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 interview each week). These will be held virtually via Zoom or at the lead school, South Farnham School (GU9 8DY) as and when COVID19 guidance permits. It is important to note that partnership schools are located across the county and within bordering areas. You would be placed into a local school. 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 we will make you an offer through UCAS or DfE Apply. Conditions will include qualification and DBS checks.


The course fees for UK students in 2021 to 2022 are £8,680.

Financial support

You may also be eligible for a loan while you study – note that you’ll have to apply for undergraduate student finance.

Find out about financial support if you’re from outside the UK.



To apply for a place on our this programme there are entry requirements that must be met prior to commencement in September 2021:

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.
This includes:

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

All teachers are expected to be competent in fundamental English and mathematics. By the end of the training year, all trainees must be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:

  • speaking, listening and communicating
  • writing
  • mathematical calculations and problems
  • use of data and graphs to interpret information

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 Deputy CEO 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
Yes O
Dorking - training location
Rushetts Road, Dorking, Surrey, RH2 7RF
Yes V
East Grinstead - training location
Crawley Down Road, East Grinstead, RH19 2NT
Yes 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
Hindhead - training location
High Pitfold, Hindhead, GU26 6BL
Yes K
Horley, Surrey - training location
Oakwood Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7BZ
Yes X
Horsham - training location
Freeman Road, Horsham, West Susssex, RH12 3QR
Yes L
Lingfield - training location
Vicarage Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6HA
Yes Y
Liphook - training location
Avenue Close, Liphook, Hampshire, GU30 7QE
Yes W
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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