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 a 3rd class degree and above.
  • 5 GCSE awards at grade C/4 or above including 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.
  • you can still apply even if you do not have all of the above in place: please contact us to discuss as you can arrange equivalence tests. 

Work Experience

Applicants are encouraged to spend time working in schools before applying but this is not a requirement, and we understand that this has been difficult in recent times. 

However, work experience does enable applicants to get a valuable insight into the role of a class teacher and to use this experience to support their application. To arrange a visit to our school, please click HERE.  We also have School Experience sessions taking place every couple of weeks from November , that you can sign up to via the DfE site.

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
  • Flexibility and an open minded approach to learning 
  • 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 UK ENIC.


How to Apply

All applications must be made through the DfE Get Into Teaching site. If you search for us by the location, Farnham, we are the first provider and can also be found using our provider code of 2EG. 


Register with us to make a start on your application. You do not need to complete it all at once – you can save your progress and sign back in any time. 

You can apply via our fast track application form here:



Applications for  2024-5 will go live on 3rd October 2023 and open on 10th October 2023. However, you can apply earlier via our fast track form above.

Apply via DfE Get Into Teaching 

Tips on Applying for Teacher Training  

There are so many different routes into primary teaching and therefore a whole host of questions you may have. We take the time to support you, so that you can make the right decision for you. Please feel free to attend look at our recruitment events or simply email us on with any questions you may have which will support you with your application and journey into teaching. 


Once we've received your application through DfE Get Into Teaching, we will shortlist and invite successful applicants for interview. The interview will comprise of a short teaching activity, individual interview and written task. 

If you are successful, we will make you a conditional offer, and you will be notified through the DfE Get Into Teaching site. 

We look forward to receiving your application. 

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

Contact - Charlotte Carr, Emma Gray or Catherine Easton for an informal chat on 01252 716307 or email

General Contact Details:
St Polycarp's teacher training
St Polycarp's Catholic Primary School
Waverley Lane