St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School St Polycarp’s Catholic Primary School

Entry Requirements

If you have decided that we are the right provider for you, before you apply please read through these entry requirements.


Applicants must be aged 18 or over

Minimum Qualifications

  • UK university degree or recognised equivalent of 2:2 and above.
  • 5 GCSE awards at grade C/4 or above in English, Mathematics and Science.
  • Show that you can communicate effectively in both spoken and written standard English.
  • If accepted, obtain an enhanced DBS disclosure and any other required clearances and complete DfE provisional registration requirements.
  • Meet the requirements for physical and mental fitness to teach.
  • All prospective teachers are expected to be competent in the Fundamental Skills for English and mathematics.

Work Experience

Applicants are encouraged to spend time working in schools before applying but this is not a requirement.  This enables them to get a valuable insight into the role of a class teacher and to use this experience to support their application. We are happy to arrange work experience at any of our alliance schools for students who are interested, please contact us.

How we select our trainees

Trainees will be selected based on having the right aptitude and attitude for the role of a teacher. Some great qualities to have include:

  • A passion for teaching
  • A natural ability/affinity with children
  • Understanding of the role of a school in a child's life
  • A strong work ethic
  • Good organisation
  • Understanding that being a great teacher means continuously striving to evolve and improve 

If you do not have these qualifications but are still interested in a career in teaching, please contact us to discuss your options.

If you have qualifications from outside of the UK and would like to check their suitability for this course contact NARIC.

Fundamental English and Maths Skills 

In September 2019 it was announced that the Professional Skills Tests will be replaced by centre-led assessment at the end of the 2020 recruitment cycle. This means that applicants for teacher training with a September 2020 start will not be required to sit professional skills tests.  It will become our responsibility to assure that all of our trainees have fundamental English and mathematics skills during the selection process and that these are developed during the training programme.

All teachers are expected to be competent in Fundamental English and mathematics. By the end of the teacher training year, all trainees must be able to demonstrate competence in the following areas:
     Speaking, listening and communicating are fundamental to a teacher’s role. Teachers should use standard English grammar, clear pronunciation and vocabulary relevant to the situation to convey instructions, questions, information, concepts and ideas with clarity. Teachers should read fluently and with good understanding.
     Writing by teachers will be seen by colleagues, pupils and parents and, as such, it is important that a teacher’s writing reflects the high standards of accuracy their professional role demands. They should write clearly, accurately, legibly and coherently using correct spelling and punctuation.
     Teachers should use data and graphs to interpret information, identify patterns and trends and draw appropriate conclusions. They need to interpret pupil data and understand statistics and graphs in the news, academic reports and relevant papers.
     Teachers should be able to complete mathematical calculations fluently with whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. They should be able to solve mathematical problems using a variety of methods and approaches including: estimating and rounding, sense checking answers, breaking down problems into simpler steps and explaining and justifying answers using appropriate language.