St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School

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

University Partners for 2020/21

On the St Polycarp's CTSA programme, we offer a choice of two universities for students to complete their academic studies. The majority of the course will be spent training 'on the job' in school, however the academic element is completed in blocks tutored by educational experts in these leading universities.

Example course overview and timetable (from 2019/20), click here

The University of Reading's Institute of Education

The University of Reading's Institute of Education is an established provider of high-quality training and research. They are ranked 8th in the UK for Education (The Guardian University League Table 2019) and have been consistently in the top 10 for over a decade. Committed to developing caring, reflective, professional teachers, they have well-established partnerships with over 300 schools in Berkshire and the surrounding area. Ofsted report that "Head teachers are eager to appoint trainees, because they are well prepared and have the necessary high standards of practice required to begin their teaching career" ITE inspection report September 2016. This course celebrates the wealth of experience provided by schools, with an emphasis on continuous time in a school setting, supported by university lectures.

A tuition-fee funded student case study. See their progamme twitter feed. Monthly information evenings

Qualification - PCGE + QTS or QTS only
Apply using UCAS Code - 3CHN, 3D28 (QTS only), 3DZX (Salaried route)
For salaried route - please ensure that funding in a school is secured before application.

 St Mary's University, Twickenham

St Mary's University, Twickenham has a long standing tradition and proven excellence in providing initial teacher training since 1850. The catholic university offers a strong and welcoming community of students and staff, and is committed to the highest standards in teaching being an 'Outstanding' provider for both Secondary and Primary provision. St Mary's was recently awarded 'silver status' in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) and is Top 10 in the UK for 'courses and lecturers' at the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards 2018.
Qualification - PGCE + QTS
Apply using UCAS code - 39DQ