St Polycarp’s Educational Partnership Primary (3D28)

QTS full time

Accredited body
The University of Reading
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 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
12 October 2021
Date course starts
September 2022


About the course

The University of Reading’s Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research and are ranked 10th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table).

The School Direct route at the University of Reading prepares you to teach in Primary or Primary and Early Years. It is embedded within a strong partnership with local schools and provides a personalised approach to trainees from diverse backgrounds and experiences.

School Direct is a one-year full-time route into teaching leading to the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) only.

QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) means that you have met the statutory requirements (The Teachers’ Standards 2012) for teaching in the UK. You need QTS to be able to teach in maintained schools in the UK.

What will my training year look like?

  • You will spend most of your time in school, with approximately 30 days based at the University of Reading on our London Road campus.

  • You will be based in one school for most of the year, with a minimum of six weeks in a contrasting school to broaden your training experience.

  • The programme begins in early September, and finishes at the beginning of July the following summer.

  • Over the course of the year the amount of time you spend teaching will increase, from working with small groups then the whole class teaching up to a 40% timetable by the end of the autumn term, moving up to around 60% by Easter and 80% by the end of your training. This ensures that you are completely confident in your teaching skills before entering the teaching profession.

  • Your training will span four year groups. These can include any years from Nursery up to Year 6. You can also be based or undertake a placement within an SEND school.

  • Although there are high expectations of you in terms of planning, assessment, evaluation and written reflection as well as engaging with school-based tasks.

School placements

School placements are organised by St Polycarp’s Educational Partnership drawing on the talented and nurturing staff within the schools in our alliance. We are proud of our child centered approach to learning and our supportive ethos. From the moment you join this course you become part of our team.

You will be placed in a minimum of two schools listed below with the flexibility to ensure your placements reflect your needs and interests e.g. SEND placement. Your supporting mentors will be trained to guide you through this learning journey and work alongside you to enhance your educational understanding and classroom practice.

The St Polycarp’s Educational Partnership is a group of approx 15 good or outstanding schools based across Surrey and Hampshire, within the Diocese of Brighton and Arundel, who work together collaboratively to push the highest educational standards across the local area.

Our key partnership schools are:

St Joseph’s Specialist School and College, Cranleigh, Surrey Rydes Hill Preparatory School, Guildford, Surrey All Saints C of E Aided Infant School, Tilford, Surrey Bisley C of E Primary School, Bisley, Surrey Heatherside Juniors, Fleet, Surrey Potters Gate C of E Primary School, Farnham, Surrey Puttenham C of E School, Puttenham, Surrey Ridgeway Primary School, Farnham, Surrey St Andrew’s C of E School, Farnham, Surrey St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School, Cranleigh, Surrey St James Primary School, Elstead, Surrey
St Paul’s Catholic Primary School, Thames Ditton, Surrey St Peter’s School, Farnham, Surrey St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School, Guildford, Surrey Waverley Abbey C of E Junior School, Farnham, Surrey William Cobbett Primary School, Farnham, Surrey


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

List of locations and vacancies
Location Vacancies
Badshot Lea Infant School
Badshot Lea Road, , Badshot Lea, , Farnham, , Surrey , GU9 9LE
Bisley C of E Primary School
Hawthorn Way, Bisley, Surrey, GU24 9DF
Main Site
Waverley Lane, Farnham, GU9 8BQ
Potters Gate C of E Primary School
Potters Gate, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7BB
St Joseph’s Specialist Trust
Amlets Lane, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7DH
St Paul’s Catholic Primary School
Hampton Court Way, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 OLP
St Peter’s C of E Primary School
Little Green Lane, Farnham, Surrey, Little Green Lane, GU9 8TF
St Polycarp’s Catholic Primary School
Waverley lane, Farnham, Surrey, GU98BQ
Waverley Abbey C of E Junior School
The Street, Tilford, Surrey, GU10 2AE

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.

Please contact Reading University for information on equivalency tests available through them.

Personal qualities

If you have a genuine desire to enable children to learn and grow in your care then this is the course for you..... If you are committed to developing your professional values and learning from others with humility, compassion and a desire to improve then this is the course for you....... If you value the opportunity to share ideas and challenge assumptions then this is the course for you....... If you will work alongside us with a resolute desire to achieve your best for the children engaging them in their learning then this is the course for you!

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2022 to 2023 are £7,710.

£7,710 [QTS only route].

These are based on the 2021/22 rate. Fees for 2022 entry will be confirmed as soon as an announcement has been made by the DfE concerning financial support for 2022/23.

Financial support from the training provider

You may be eligible for a student loan.

About the training provider

Welcome to the St Polycarp’s Educational Partnership, a unique and nurturing partnership of schools in Surrey and Hampshire whose aim is to support aspiring teachers into the rewarding career of teaching.

We are very proud to have a proven history of high quality teacher training which prioritises the needs of the learner. Supported by a range of inspiring and committed teachers within our schools, many of whom are specialist leaders in their subject areas. Once you start your journey with us, you will become part of this experienced, motivated team, working together in a friendly environment to make you feel supported every step of the way.

We work with Reading University to offer you a choice of courses that suit the individual needs of each applicant. Please see the enclosed information and timetables to enable you to make an informed choice.

This is a personalised programme which allows you to receive invaluable training in at least two of our partnership schools. If you are considering a career in teaching and value every child’s learning to be at the centre of this decision then St Polycarp’s is the right place for you.

Applications codes are: St Polycarp’s: 2EG Reading 3CHN PGCE, QTS only 3D28 and salaried route 3DZX Please note that salaried funding has been withdrawn so these places are very limited and open to the strongest of candidates. Please contact Charlotte Carr on if you have any questions.

Interview process

St Polycarp’s Educational Partnership will take the lead in interviewing once we have received your application through Apply. Successful applicants will be invited to interviews held in collaboration between the school and university.

On occasion we will interview applicants at the selected location school or over Zoom. More details of the interview will be confirmed in writing at the point of inviting to interview.

Interviews will be held at St Polycarp’s School where there will be an interview and teaching task.

International students

We cannot sponsor visas. You’ll need to get the right visa or status to study in the UK.

You do not need a visa if you already have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, or if you’re an Irish citizen.

Candidates with qualifications from non-UK institutions may need to provide evidence of comparability by applying for a UK ENIC statement.

Training with disabilities and other needs

Both Reading University and St Polycarp’s Educational Partnership support all candidates with a willingness to learn and support the needs of children. The courses are personalised in approach and able to provide the reasonable adjustments required for candidates with disabilities and other needs. Reading university has a student services facility available with the knowledge and support required to assist any candidates who may require additional help.

Contact this training provider

01252 716307
St Polycarp's Educational Partnership
Waverley Lane

Support and advice

For support and advice, you can speak to a Get Into Teaching adviser for free. They’re all experienced teachers who can help you to prepare your application, book school experience, and access exclusive teaching events.

You can also call Get Into Teaching free of charge on 0800 389 2500, or speak to an adviser using their online chat service Monday to Friday, 8.30am to 5pm (except public holidays).

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