We have an extremely successful track record in Initial Teacher Training, having trained teachers through the PCGE, GTP and School Direct routes. We fully recognise the vibrancy, enthusiasm and drive trainees can offer our school communities. We also offer enhancement modules in Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, and music.  During 2017-18 we will be offering a number of non-salaried PGCE places in association with the University of Gloucester through which we will train the outstanding teachers of tomorrow.

The Mead Academy Trust is a family of three schools:

Click on the links below to visit the individual school websites

During the School Direct Year trainees may be placed in these schools or within our partner schools close to Trowbridge.

Exceptional Staff…

Our exceptional staff are our most valuable asset. All staff within school are research engaged, our own research providing the cornerstone for professional learning and whole school development. We have a proven track record in system leadership, training and professional development. Our outstanding teachers are eager and excited to share their knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers.  During our last Ofsted visit they commented: “Teachers (at The Mead) are extremely well trained. They have excellent subject knowledge and plan exciting activities for all groups of pupils.”


“I have thoroughly enjoyed my year training with The Mead Academy Trust. The training and support has been exceptional throughout the year and I found it to be really personalised for the individual.”

I have been extremely lucky to work with two fantastic mentors and some wonderful children. I have a wide range of memories and I have learnt a new lesson each and every day.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed the challenges I have faced in my training year and am glad that I have been able to experience the delights of teaching in a range of settings. I am pleased that I chose to study a school direct programme as I feel the greater classroom experiences have better prepared me for life after my training.”

Pupils love coming to school. They respond to the high level of care the school shows to them by caring for each other and behaving impeccably in lessons and around the school.”

“The school’s learning environment, indoors and outdoors is amazing. It provides a wealth of high quality learning experiences.”

Current teacher opportunities…

We are now looking to appoint trainee teachers who are passionate and enthusiastic about teaching and learning and who are highly motivated to become the outstanding teachers of tomorrow. We are particularly looking for people who have had a meaningful experience of working with children of all ages. This may be voluntary work with children’s groups or clubs or you may have already worked in a school environment.

Successful applicants for the School Direct Programme will work within The Mead Academy Trust and its partner schools. As trainees you will follow a school based training programme which will enable you to work alongside outstanding practitioners. You will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to become inspirational, creative and purposeful practitioners, within a highly supportive and aspirational environment.

High quality training will be delivered by outstanding and specialist teachers within The Mead Academy Trust, partnership schools and The University of Gloucester. Input within The Mead will include a range of specialist pedagogical workshops, seminars and practice based opportunities.

As a trainee you will have full access to The University of Gloucester, an outstanding provider of teacher education, and all its excellent facilities. All trainees will receive the highest quality support throughout their School Direct experience from both The Mead and the University including academic and pastoral support.

Trainees will be assigned a mentor throughout the programme, who will provide the highest quality coaching, mentoring and support Trainees will be able to choose from three specialist enhancement modules; Special Educational Needs/Disability, Music or English. These enhanced modules will provide pedagogical and practical input supporting the development of a high level of knowledge, skills and understanding.

Trainees will be welcomed as full members of the staff team and encouraged to immerse themselves in all aspects of school life including professional development days, monitoring and evaluation activity, extra-curricular activities, residentials, and community events.

You should be an Honours graduate with a 1st or a 2:1 degree. However, we are willing to consider applicants who have a 2:2 who can demonstrate a real aptitude for teaching, and are keen to continue their own professional development journey. You should hold a Grade C or above in GCSE, English, Maths and Science.

The Mead Community Primary School has two sites, a large site at Hilperton, Trowbridge and a small village site at Wingfield near Trowbridge.

The new Castle Mead School (opened September 2014) is within the East Trowbridge housing development. Castle Mead continues to have a growing roll and has a nursery provision.

River Mead School is in Melksham, a nearby market town and includes a Resource Base provision for children with complex needs and a nursery.

Trowbridge is close to the M4 and M5 motorways and to the mainline train routes to London, The Southwest, Wales and The Midlands.

Placements during the programme maybe within these Trust schools or in our local partner schools.

Captured on camera!

Our pioneering approach to learning and teaching has been recognised by HMI who have recently filmed in our Early Years Unit to use in the training of Ofsted inspectors!

A National Lead School

As part of our National Teaching School status we are designated as a national lead school for Early Years, English, The Arts, special educational needs, research and development and outdoor play and learning.

Thinking of applying for a teacher training course


Watch this video made by UCAS to get an introduction into how to research and apply for teacher training programmes.

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