St Polycarp’s Educational Partnership Primary (W281)

Qualified teacher status (QTS)

Accredited body
Teach SouthEast
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
11 October 2022
Date course starts
September 2023


Course summary

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

  • You’ll spend most of your time in school, together with Professional studies training covering topics such as lesson planning, behaviour management, assessment, marking and monitoring.

  • Subject specialist training to enhance your knowledge and teaching of the national curriculum.

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

  • During 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.

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

  • Whilst on placement you will be assigned a highly skilled mentor who will support, develop and challenge your teaching to ensure your experience is of the highest quality. You’ll have weekly meetings with your mentor to review progress and set personalised targets, and a weekly formal observation to celebrate your achievements and consider your next steps.

  • In addition to your placement schools you’ll have the opportunity to visit several educational settings including; a secondary school, a SEND school and a behaviour immersion unit.

  • St Polycarp’s Educatational Partnership, in collaboration with Teach SouthEast Xavier, are committed to laying the foundation for a long and successful career in teaching. To support this, not only will you receive high quality curriculum and pedagogy training, but you will also receive 1 – 1 support from a pastoral coach to ensure a smooth and successful training year.

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.

  • You will have 4 placements, consisting of an initial placement of around 9 weeks in your home school, followed by a further placement in your home school until the end of January, then an away placement, and a final placement back in your home school, thereby spanning 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.

  • The St Polycarp’s Educational Partnership is a group of approximately 15 good or outstanding schools based across Surrey and Hampshire and extends beyond this into other Primary schools within the Xavier Catholic School Trust, who work together 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
Cardinal Newman Catholic Primary School
Arch Road, , Hersham, Surrey, KT12 4QT
Heatherside Junior School
Reading Road South , Fleet, hampshire, GU52 7TH
Holy Family Catholic Primary School
Ongar Hill, Addlestone, Surrey , KT15 1BP
Main Site
St Polycarp’s Catholic Primary School, Waverley Lane, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 8BQ
Marist Catholic Primary School
Old Woking Road, West Byfleet, Surrey , KT14 6HS
Potters Gate C of E Primary School
Potters Gate, Farnham, Surrey, GU9 7BB
Puttenham C of E Infant School
School Lane, Puttenham, Guildford, Surrey, GU3 1AS
St Alban’s Catholic Primary School
Beauchamp Road, East Molesey, Surrey, KT8 2PG
St Anne’s Catholic Primary School
Free Prae Road, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8ET
St Augustine’s Catholic Primary School
Tomlinscote Way , Frimley , Surrey, GU16 8PY
St Charles Borromeo Catholic Primary School
Portmore Way , Weybridge , Surrey, KT13 8JD
St Cuthbert Mayne Catholic Primary School
St. Nicolas Avenue, Cranleigh, Surrey, GU6 7AQ
St Edmund’s Catholic Primary School
The Drive, Godalming , Surrey, GU7 1PF
St Hugh of Lincoln Catholic Primary School
Five Oaks Close, St John’s , Woking, Surrey, GU21 8TU
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
St Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School
Horseshoe Lane West, Merrow, Guildford, GU1 2SX
St. Paul’s Catholic Primary School
Hampton Ct Way, Thames Ditton, Surrey, KT7 0LP
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.

We accept an equivalency from Equivalency Testing: Any queries about equivalency, please contact Claire Brown Candidates will need to book, sit and pass any equivalency exams before the course officially starts on 1st September.

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!

Other requirements

Trainees are required to undergo an enhanced DBS check to verify your suitability for working with young people. If you’ve lived overseas for more than 3 months in the past 10 years, you’ll need to provide an overseas police check. All trainees will be required to complete a Fitness to Teach on-line health questionnaire to ensure they are well enough for the rigours of the teaching profession. After interview, successful candidates will be sent a link to sit Teach SouthEast Xavier’s on-line literacy and numeracy skills tests for teaching to be completed before commencement of the course on 1 September.

Fees and financial support

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,200.

The course fees for UK students in 2023 to 2024 are £7,200.

Advice from Get Into Teaching Financial support from the government:

You may be eligible for a student loan. These are normally for undergraduate courses but you can also apply if you do postgraduate teacher training. Find out how much loan you could get using the student finance calculator.

Depending on your immigration status, financial support may not be available. Find out about training to teach if you’re a non-UK citizen, including financial support.

Financial support from the training provider

A discretionary bursary is available on application for this course and will be discussed at interview.

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.

Working with Teach SouthEast Xavier, we offer you a choice of courses that suit the individual needs of each applicant. Please see the enclosed information on our website to help you 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 Teach SouthEast Xavier PGCE X360, QTS only W281.

Please contact Charlotte Carr on if you have any questions.

About the accredited body

Teach SouthEast Xavier delivers high quality School-Centred ITT programmes for aspiring primary and secondary teachers in South East England, operating across 3 regional hubs (in Surrey, Sussex and South London); St Polycarp’s Educational Partnership is part of the Surrey Hub. In 2018, Ofsted found TSE Xavier to be outstanding in every category. TSE Xavier are passionate about training and developing outstanding teachers. Since its inception in 2013, TSE Xavier has trained over 600 trainees; many remaining in the partnership and in leadership roles.100% of the 21-22 cohort gained their Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) at the end of the ITT year.

Interview process

St Polycarp’s Educational Partnership will take the lead in interviewing once we have received your application through Apply. We will contact you within around and and will endeavor to interview within 2 weeks of that.

Interviews will be held in person at St Polycarp’s School where there will be an interview , a teaching task to a small group of children, and a short written task.

If candidates are made a conditional offer after interview, one condition will be to sit an on-line literacy and numeracy skills assessment prior to starting the course to establish if any additional support in these areas is required during the ITT course.

More details of the interview will be confirmed in writing at the point of inviting to interview.

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

We work with any trainees that have additional needs to put together a bespoke support plan that is individual to them. In the past, this has included; providing printouts of presentation slides; enabling the use of recording devices during training sessions; enabling the use of laptop computers during training sessions; considered seating arrangements; providing additional pastoral support meetings throughout the year and extra support with paperwork. Our fee-paying trainees, who study for the PGCE, also have access to support through the University of Sussex Student Life Centre. We pride ourselves on knowing our trainees well, and catering for any needs they may have.

Contact this training provider

01252 716307
St Polycarp's Educational Partnership
Waverley Lane

Support and advice

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