Barrow CEVC Primary School Primary (L911)

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

Accredited body
Cambridge Training School Network, CTSN SCITT
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
5 to 11
Course length
1 year - full time
Date you can apply from
15 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

The Cambridge Training School Network SCITT (CTSN SCITT), offers school-led, research engaged teacher training across Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk. We have been providing school based initial teacher training for many years with training hubs in Cambridge and Bury St Edmunds.

Choosing to train with CTSN will introduce you to a network of training and support that might well continue way beyond your initial teacher training. Please see CTSN SCITT for more information.

The CTSN primary training programme covers the effective teaching of all National Curriculum subjects along with the development of the key skills of managing behaviour effectively, adapting teaching to the needs of all pupils, making productive use of assessment and promoting good progress by setting high standards.

The course is designed and taught by practising teachers who are able to guide our trainees to a thorough understanding of all aspects of the primary curriculum. Trainees attend a pre-course induction day in July and a seven day induction in September. The course is structured so that trainees gain hands on experience in their host schools from the very beginning. Trainees spend four days a week in school and one day a week at core training in their first year. Trainees can choose one of our two cohorts with core training days based either at Trumpington Park Primary School in Cambridge or Abbots Green Primary School in Bury St Edmunds. Some training days are also held in other partnership schools.

Each trainee is assigned an experienced mentor in each placement school and a Senior Tutor who will support and guide them through their professional development. Throughout the year trainees complete directed tasks and two Evidence Bundles which are presented to the Senior Tutor. The course leads to the award of QTS and also a PGCE (provided by Anglia Ruskin University).

School placements

We have excellent relationships with a wide range of good and outstanding schools, across Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk, which gives us considerable flexibility in placing trainees in local schools, within reach from their home. Every trainee undertaking teacher training must teach in at least two different schools or settings.

The first placement is from September to December and the second from January to June. Candidates are asked at interview their preference of key stage for their main placement and may chose from KS1 and KS2.


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Abbots Green Community Primary School
18 Airfield Rd, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP32 7PJ
Trumpington Park Primary School
Hobson Ave, Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, CB2 9EG

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’ll consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

You would need to have GCSE qualifications (grade C/4 or better) in Mathematics, English and Science, or a confirmed equivalent qualification.

We will consider candidates with pending GCSEs.

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

We do not accept Level 2 qualifications in Numeracy and Literacy as equivalencies.

In addition to the GCSE English requirement, if English is not your first language, the IELTS Academic test (International English Language Testing System, Academic Test) with overall score of 6.5 is also required. Please note that IELTS Academic certificates are valid for 2 years.

Personal qualities

We are looking for creative, proactive, positive applicants who share our commitment that children in our local schools should have the best possible teachers, and a desire and determination to make this commitment a reality. Candidates should be good communicators with a willingness to learn and potential to become engaging, reflective practitioners. It is helpful for candidates to have some experience of working or volunteering in schools to develop their understanding of the role of a teacher.

Fees and financial support

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

£9,250, often covered with a student loan. You would also qualify for a means tested maintenance loan. For further information please follow the link to the Department for Education - Get into Teaching Website.

About the training provider

Teaching is one of the most exciting, rewarding and challenging career choices and Barrow CEVC Primary School, which is a Lead School for Suffolk and Norfolk and the Cambridge Teaching Schools Network SCITTs, is proud of its contribution to the recruitment of high calibre teacher trainees.

Barrow CEVC Primary School is an outstanding, one-form entry primary school; a vibrant learning community where excellence, equality and high expectations of all pupils are promoted within a strong Christian ethos. At Barrow, children are valued as individuals and teachers are passionately committed to their achievement and personal growth.

Barrow School CEVC Primary School offers a broad, balanced and academically rigorous curriculum for all learners. Teachers strive to craft a learning environment which nurtures pupils’ minds, bodies and souls to develop happy, healthy and well-rounded citizens of the world.

Children are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning; they are involved as far as possible in reviewing the way they learn and prompted to reflect on how they learn best. The school’s performance data is almost always above the national and county averages, sometimes significantly so.

Barrow CEVC is a provider of continuing professional development for teaching, learning and leadership in primary schools through ‘ConnectED’.

More information about the Initial Teacher Training providers with which Barrow CEVC Primary works can be found below.

About the accredited body

CTSN SCITT offers school-centred teacher training across Cambridgeshire and West Suffolk:

  • All applicants can choose whether they attend the Core Training in Cambridge or Bury St Edmunds.
  • There is a wide range of placement schools.
  • Most trainees get jobs working in local schools.
  • Course tutors are expert teachers, which means that our training is not only evidence-based, but also informed by current practice.
  • Non salaried routes lead to QTS plus PGCE, with the Anglia Ruskin University.
  • Salaried routes are also available, leading to QTS.

Please see CTSN SCITT for more information.

Interview process

You will be asked to an interview at one of our partnership schools.

The interview will be hosted by a CTSN SCITT Recruitment Tutor and a senior teacher from the partnership school.You will be asked to prepare a short presentation to discuss with the interviewers. You will also be asked to read a book, from a selection that we provide, to a class at the school. In addition, there will be a written task to assess your English skills.

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

Suffolk and Norfolk SCITT supports all trainees based on their individual needs. Recently this has included those with dyslexia, physical, hearing and visual impairments and mental health conditions. Plans are developed with trainees to ensure that they can fully access in centre training, operate effectively on school placement and complete written assignments.

Suffolk & Norfolk Primary SCITT training venues in Ipswich and Norwich have full disabled access as do partnership schools. However, applicants who would benefit from disabled access should let us know on their application so that they can be considered for placements at the most appropriate schools.

The Cambridge Teaching Schools Network (CTSN) feels that teachers with disabilities make an important contribution to schools both in the classroom and in shaping the wider culture and ethos of schools in which they work. If you have special requirements, and you are invited to attend an interview, please let CTSN know beforehand so reasonable adjustments can be made. CTSN wants all interview candidates to have an equitable and enjoyable experience, regardless of any disability.

All trainees are required to complete a medical check when they receive the offer of a training place. This will identify if adjustments are required. As a training provider, CTSN will make such adjustments in its training. Trainees are encouraged to disclose all relevant information with placement schools to enable them to make suitable provision. If you receive an offer, but have not yet disclosed a disability or other need, you can disclose at any time.

Contact this training provider

01284 810223
Colethorpe Lane
Bury St Edmunds
IP29 5AU

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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