Secondary Initial Teacher Training (ITT)

At The Mead Teaching School we offer a School Direct Programme in conjunction with West Wilts Alliance (WWA) to provide a unique experience for our School Direct trainees.   Training takes place throughout 7 schools meaning we are able to offer a diverse range of expertise,  across a variety of educational organisations, all within a seven mile radius.

Why train with us?


  • All our schools are graded as good or outstanding by OFSTED
  • We have a track record of strong outcomes for students
  • We have thriving sixth forms offering A level and BTEC experience
  • Special Educational Needs and Alternative Provision students are exceptionally well provided for
  • We have excellent Able, Gifted and Talented provision
  • Vertical and horizontal pastoral and house systems ensure very strong pastoral teams
  • We can offer excellent Continuing Professional Development (CPD) programmes both within our schools and across WWA
  • Some of our schools are Teacher Effectiveness Enhancement Programme (TEEP) Schools so trainees can take part in TEEP training and plan lessons according to TEEP principles
  • We have excellent facilities across all our schools and offer a variety of popular after school provision for students
  • We enjoy numerous links with local, national and international businesses and companies
  • Our students benefit from close relationships with a variety of educational institutions outside of WWA and Higher Education Institutions.
Secondary Initial Teacher Training at The Mead Teaching School
Initial Teacher Training at The Mead Teaching School

What to expect…


  • Training delivered by outstanding practitioners
  • A school based PGCE programme
  • Huge opportunity to develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to be outstanding practitioners
  • Training input from staff within WWA and Bath Spa University
  • Full access to Bath Spa University facilities and resources
  • Highest quality support from staff within our schools, the West Wilts Alliance and Bath Spa University
  • All trainees will be welcomed as full members of the staff team and will engage in all aspects of school life including professional development days, monitoring and evaluation activities, extra- curricular activities and community events
  • Support from staff in WWA and its schools and Bath Spa University

Our Schools


Successful applicants will work within the West Wilts Alliance schools.

Schools involved are:

* The Clarendon Academy, Trowbridge

* The John of Gaunt School, Trowbridge

* Kingdown School, Warminster

* Lavington School, Market Lavington

* Melksham Oak Community School, Melksham

* St. Augustine’s Catholic College, Trowbridge

* St. Laurence School, Bradford on Avon

Entry requirements

You should be an honours graduate who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching with enthusiasm to continue your professional development. You will need a grade C or above in GCSE English, Mathematics and Science and a strong understanding and knowledge of the subject being applied for. If your degree subject does not link closely with your chosen teaching subject,  you may be advised to undertake a Subject Knowledge Enhancement course before your training commences.

What are we looking for?

We want to appoint excellent trainees who are enthusiastic and passionate about teaching and who have the ability and drive to become outstanding practitioners. To be successful we would expect you to have had some meaningful experience of students of secondary age either via experience in a secondary school or by volunteering with clubs or groups.

Selection process

The Mead Community Primary School is the lead school in the partnership and will co-ordinate the recruitment process with the WWA Alliance Director and in association with Bath Spa University. Interviews are likely to be a day in length and will involve some time working with students with a subject specific activity. There will be an opportunity to talk to staff, students and other applicants and also a formal interview. The process will be rigorous but is designed to help you perform at your best.

Please get in touch to hear more about our Schools Direct courses

Full details of our Schools Direct courses can be found on the UCAS website.  Or please call Kyra Ings (Mead Teaching School Administrator) on 01225 759273 for further information or email us using the button below.