The Mead Academy Trust Primary (3-7) (23YL)

Postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
The University of Gloucestershire
Financial support
Student finance if you’re eligible

A postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE) with qualified teacher status (QTS) will allow you to teach in state schools in England and may 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.

Many PGCE courses include credits that count toward a Master’s degree.

Age range
3 to 7
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

We call members of our School Direct Programme ‘Graduate Teachers’ (GTs) and they work within The Mead Trust and our partner schools. GTs follow a school-based training programme and work alongside outstanding practitioners. This develops the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to create inspirational, creative, purposeful teachers, within a highly supportive environment.

High quality training is delivered by outstanding teachers within our Trust, partner schools and The University of Gloucester. Input includes a range of specialist pedagogical workshops, seminars and practice-based opportunities.

GTs have full access to The University of Gloucester, an excellent provider of teacher education, and its facilities.

All GTs receive the highest quality support throughout the course from both us and the University, including academic and pastoral support. The majority of training takes place in Trowbridge, facilitated by University and school staff. GTs attend the University’s Cheltenham campus for a maximum of 8 days throughout the year. Access to transport, or willing use of public transport, is essential!

Each GT is assigned a mentor who provides high quality coaching, mentoring and support.

Our GTs receive dedicated SEND input, to ensure they can support the teaching and learning of children with additional needs. We also provide specialist music sessions to provide pedagogical and practical input, supporting the development of high level knowledge, skills and understanding.

GTs on this specialist 3-7 route also receive input from our Trust Early Years team, and access to EYFS-specific conferences and training we host.

The programme begins on the first day of the term and ends on the last day of the academic year. All GTs are welcomed as full members of staff and encouraged to immerse themselves in all aspects of school life (restrictions permitting), including monitoring and evaluation, extra-curricular activities, residentials, and community events.

Here are some of the things our past GTs said: ‘I couldn’t have asked for a better experience with this course. My expectations were exceeded in every way. I felt welcomed as part of The Mead family right from the beginning.’ (Graduate Teacher 2021-22)

‘I can’t recommend the programme highly enough. A year on, and I feel like a confident and competent teacher – what more could I ask for?’ (Graduate Teacher 2021-22)

This fee-paying route is subject to the University’s course fees (

We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expect all our trainees to share this commitment.

School placements

Our Graduate Teachers (GTs) complete two or three placements during their School Direct year and are placed in at least one Mead Trust school: Terms 1 & 2: Placement 1 - Host school within The Mead Trust Terms 3 & 4: Placement 2 (Main Placement) - Alternative placement school within The Mead Trust or a partner school Terms 5 & 6: Placement 3 (Enhancement Placement) - Placement school within The Mead Trust

We will ensure that you have had the opportunity to teach Foundation Stage and Key Stage 1, and in two different schools, during your training year.

Teachers from all Trust schools join together either face-to-face or remotely for staff meetings, planning, and social events, which ensures best practice and knowledge is shared across all of our schools.

Our GTs are an integral part of these activities and benefit from the wealth of experience working across three schools brings.

We work hard to place GTs in a school that fits their needs and preferences.

We fully recognise the vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive GTs offer our school communities and our teachers are eager to share their knowledge and practice with the next generation.

The School Direct partnership does not provide any accommodation for GTs. However, there is a good range of rental accommodation available at reasonable prices.

A range of childcare providers are available locally, including a nursery at all three schools. Our nurseries accept 2 and 3 year old funding, but you will need to apply for a place as you would any setting. Find more information about our nurseries on our individual school websites, and Wiltshire Council offers an online directory of providers:

Applicants who would benefit from any environmental adjustments should let us know on application so we can ensure placements are made at appropriate schools. Please contact us at to discuss specific access issues further.

Trowbridge, Melksham and the surrounding area is well served by mainline rail/bus services.


You can select one of the following locations to indicate a preferred placement when you apply.

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Castle Mead School
Mascroft Road, Trowbridge, BA14 6GD
River Mead School
Lowbourne, Melksham, WILTSHIRE, SN12 7ED
The Mead Primary School
Hackett Place, Hilperton, Trowbridge, BA14 7GN
The Mead at Wingfield
Church Lane, Trowbridge, England, BA14 9LW

Entry requirements

Qualifications needed

An undergraduate degree at class 2:2 or above, or equivalent.

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

We will not consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We expect all Graduate Teachers joining our course to have passed any equivalency tests required by 1st July 2023. We do not provide equivalency testing - candidates will need to book and pay for this. The University of Gloucester can advise on appropriate equivalency tests, we are not able to advise or recommend any testing providers ourselves.

Personal qualities

Our Graduate Teachers (GTs) are:

  • Passionate and enthusiastic
  • Motivated to become dedicated teachers
  • Eager to learn from our experienced staff
  • Able to respond positively to advice/mentoring

You need to be:

  • Confident with staff/parents/children
  • Able to build good relationships
  • Highly organised
  • Professional from day one
  • Able to demonstrate your motivation/ability to teach

You need to have some experience of working with children and be able to demonstrate how this inspired you to teach.

Some GTs join us from University, others are pursuing a second career and we welcome applicants from all backgrounds.

Other requirements

Disclosure & Barring Scheme: We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and expects all our trainees to share this commitment. You will be subject to an enhanced DBS check before you can begin your course.

Experience: Before the programme starts, you need to gain experience of working with EYFS children - e.g. voluntary work with a children’s group, or in a school.

Training: You must complete online safeguarding, Prevent & GDPR training before beginning the course

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £9,250.

This is a fee paying route, and is subject to the University of Gloucester’s course fees.

You can read about them here:

About the training provider

The Mead Trust is an inspirational and innovative learning and teaching environment with an extremely successful track record in Initial Teacher Training.

Our Trust is a family of three schools, The Mead and Castle Mead Schools in Trowbridge and River Mead School in Melksham. All three have their own nurseries. Castle Mead and River Mead also have Resource Bases for children with complex needs.

The Mead is a Good school based across two sites. The latest Ofsted inspections in 2019 highlighted: ‘Staff enrich pupils’ learning well. Pupils become articulate, well-mannered and spirited…They gain a strong appreciation of the arts, including music. Pupils enjoy wide-ranging sporting activities and clubs.’

Castle Mead is also a ‘Good’ school. It opened in 2014 and is a two-form entry school. In 2017, Ofsted said that ‘The school’s curriculum is exciting, interesting and relevant. Trips, visitors and projects ‘bring learning to life’. They engage and inspire pupils to learn well.’

River Mead is a smaller than average primary and nursery school. In 2019 it was graded as ‘Good’ in its Ofsted inspection. The school was described as ‘a nurturing haven of aspiration. Pupils… demonstrate pride in their learning and show an appetite to learn’. Additionally, ‘Leaders implement a high-quality curriculum which promotes pupils’ achievement across a range of subjects very well’.

Interview process

Applications are carefully checked for spelling, grammar, and style of writing. It’s a cliche but it’s true - first impressions count. Make sure yours is a good one. You should complete the form with professionalism and attention to detail.

Your personal statement and references should show us what you’re like as a person.

When you apply, we will aim to meet you personally and give you a tour of the school during your selection day. However, this may not always be possible and you could be invited to a virtual interview via an online video conference. We will let you know in your invite to interview whether it will be face-to-face or remote.

Either way, this is your chance to share with us in more detail the type of person you are, and the kind of teacher you aspire to be. The panel will naturally have questions for you, and you will also have the chance to ask them questions.

If your presentation and interview are successful, we will make you an offer.

International candidates

You’ll need the right to study 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 study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa. The main visa for fee-paying courses (those that you have to pay for) is the Student visa.

To apply for a Student visa, you’ll need to be sponsored by your training provider.

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

Applicants who would benefit from any environmental adjustments should let us know on application so we can ensure any necessary arrangements are made for interview and any subsequent placements.

Please contact us at to discuss any specific access issues further.

Contact this training provider

01225 759273
The Mead Academy Trust
Hackett Place
BA14 7GN

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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