Surrey South Farnham SCITT Primary (3BZ5)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Financial support

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

Age range
5 to 11
Course length
1 year
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

SSF SCITT is an innovative, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across the South East including Surrey, Hampshire, West Sussex, Berkshire and London Boroughs of Sutton, Croydon and Kingston. We have a reputation for being amongst the best school-led teacher training providers in the country.

The Post-Graduate Teaching Apprenticeship enables schools to use apprenticeship funding for training. Apprentice teachers have to meet the same entry requirements as all other ITT programmes and will be assessed against the Teachers’ Standards. The apprenticeship route combines paid work with on and off-the-job training. QTS will be awarded to successful apprentices after three terms in their fourth term (i.e. first term of their qualified teaching year) apprentices will undergo an ‘end-point assessment’ by an independent assessor, if successful, will be deemed to have completed their apprenticeship training.

Apprentices are employed as unqualified teachers by a host school, with the apprenticeship route combining paid work alongside training. Only apply for the apprenticeship route if you have confirmation from a school that they will be able to support your apprenticeship. Schools within the partnership seeking an apprentice will advertise on our website.

Apprentices are in school for four days each week. This includes one day of school-based training time, to observe experienced colleagues and undertake course requirements. The remaining three days could be used for additional employment responsibilities. These will differ between employing schools and could include whole class teaching / cover, duties, classroom support etc. from the outset, in addition to course requirements. One day each week is spent offsite at professional studies training (off-the-job 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, constantly reviewed and updated to keep pace with the changing primary school landscape and national priorities.

Location is an important factor, we run training in geographical cohorts which develop local support networks (2022 hubs; Farnham, Cobham, Staines, Reigate and Solent).

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

School placements

Apprentices are based in their employing school but there are opportunities to visit a special educational needs school and to look at secondary, early years and EAL provision (pupils with English as an additional language). A contrasting second school experience will be facilitated in coordination with the employing school.

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.


You can select one of the following locations when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Barnsbury Primary School
Almond Avenue, Woking, Surrey, GU22 0BB
Beacon Hill Community Primary School
Beacon Hill Road, Hindhead, GU26 6NR
Beauclerc Infant and Nursery School
French Street, Sunbury on Thames, Middlesex, TW16 5LE
Bonners C of E School
School Hill, Maresfield, Uckfield, East Sussex, TN22 2EG
Burstow Primary School
Wheelers Lane, Horley, Surrey, RH6 9PT
Claygate Primary School
Foley Lane, Claygate, Surrey, KT10 0NB
Epsom Downs Primary School and Children’s Centre
St Leonards Road, Epsom Downs, Surrey, KT18 5RJ
Hale Primary Academy
Upper Hale Road, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 0LR
Hurst Park Primary School
Hurst Road, West Molesey, Surrey, KT8 1QS
Lime Tree Primary School
South Bank Terrace, Surbiton, Surrey, KT6 6DG
Lingfield Primary School
Vicarage Road, Lingfield, Surrey, RH7 6HA
Little Common Primary School
Shepherds Close, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex, TN39 4SQ
Main Site
Menin Way, Farnham, GU9 8DY
Manby Lodge Infant School
Princes Road, Weybridge, Surrey, KT13 9DA
Morelands Primary School
Crookhorn Lane, Widley, Waterlooville, PO7 5QL
Ongar Place Primary School
Milton Road, Addlestone, KT15 1NY
Reigate Parish Church Primary School
Blackborough Road, Regiate, Surrey, RH2 7DB
Sedlescombe C of E Primary School
Brede Lane, Sedlescombe, Battle, East Sussex, TN33 0RQ
Send CE Primary School
Send Barns Lane, Send, Send, Woking, GU23 7BS
Shottermill Infant School
Lion Lane, Shottermill, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1JZ
Shottermill Junior School
Lion Lane, Haslemere, Surrey, GU27 1JF
South Farnborough Junior School
Cunnington Road, Farnborough, GU14 6PL
The Greville Primary School
Stonny Croft, Ashtead, Surrey, KT21 1SH
Yattendon School
Oakwood Road, Horley, Surrey, RH6 7BZ

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree, or equivalent.

Grade 4 (C) or above in English, maths and science, or equivalent qualification.

We’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

We’ll consider candidates who need to take a GCSE equivalency test in English, maths or science.

We advise candidates to apply to:

Apprentices with an equivalency in maths and or English will need to have previously achieved a level 2 qualification in maths and or English in order to meet the gateway criteria for the apprenticeship End Point Assessment.

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

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


Apprentices 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

Fees and financial support

About the training provider

SSF (Surrey South Farnham) SCITT is an innovative, OFSTED outstanding, well established and highly respected provider of Primary Initial Teacher Training working across Surrey, Hampshire, Berkshire, East & West Sussex and the London Boroughs of Sutton, Croydon, Kingston, Richmond and Hillingdon.

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 trainees are highly sought after and we deliver upon an expectation of employment every year. Trainee and school feedback consistently rates the programme as being outstanding. We are the largest school-led, primary provider in the region 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.

Exciting times ahead as we build on our partnership with George Abbot SCITT to develop secondary training from September 2023.

Interview process

Once we have received your application through DfE Apply we will check that you meet eligibility criteria and that there is a suitable apprenticeship placement available (please check our website prior to submitting your application).

We will shortlist and invite successful applicants for an interview (we hold interview weekly). These will be held at the lead school, South Farnham School (Menin Way, Farnham GU9 8DY).

The interview will consist of:

  • a panel interview with Head teacher / senior leaders from two partnership schools
  • a short teaching task (five minutes) where you will teach a given skills to the two panel members
  • 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
  • candidates who are strongly recommend at the panel interview will progress to the school selection day stage. This will likely include scrutiny of your planning, observation of you teaching a lesson, a professional discussion following the lesson and a formal focused interview

If successful offers will be made through DfE Apply that day. Conditions will include qualifications and DBS checks.

International candidates

To apply for this teaching apprenticeship course, you’ll need to have lived in the UK for at least 3 years before the start of the course.

EEA nationals with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme who have lived continuously in the EEA, Switzerland, Gibraltar, or the UK for at least the previous 3 years will also be eligible.

You’ll also need the right to work in the UK. You already have this if, for example, you:

  • are an Irish citizen
  • have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme (you may still be able to apply)
  • have indefinite leave to remain in the UK

If you do not already have the right to work in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for salaried courses is the Skilled Worker visa.

To apply for a Skilled Worker visa you need to be sponsored by your employer.

Sponsorship is not available for this course.

If you need a visa, filter your course search to find courses with visa sponsorship.

Alternatively, check if you’re eligible for a different type of visa, such as a Graduate or Family visa, that allows you to train to be a teacher without being sponsored.

Find out more about training to teach in England.

International qualifications

If your qualifications come from a non-UK institution, we may want to see a ‘statement of comparability’ from UK ENIC. This will show us how they compare to UK qualifications.

You can call Get Into Teaching on 0800 389 2500 for:

  • guidance on the UK equivalents of your qualifications
  • a free statement of comparability once you’ve submitted your application (if we ask you for this)

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 this training provider

01252 717408
Menin Way

Support and advice

You can speak to a teacher training adviser for free, dedicated advice. They are all experienced teachers who can give you one-to-one support with your application. They can also help you get school experience, and find events where you can speak to training providers and teachers.

Call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or chat online Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5.30pm (except public holidays).

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