The Wessex Schools Training Partnership (WSTP) is a provider of School Direct teacher training in Dorset.  We are committed to providing high quality teacher training in order to provide a source of well qualified secondary school teachers in the Poole and Bournemouth area.

WSTP offers a school based alternative to the traditional university based route for Initial Teacher Training (ITT) in secondary schools. The training programme lasts for one year.  It is based on gaining practical teaching experience in the classroom.  This is underpinned by a wealth of support from experienced professionals who provide mentoring, seminars and tutorials to develop the skills needed to teach effectively.  Trainees will achieve Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) or PGCE* (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) by the end of the programme.

*subject to final confirmation from Bath Spa University


Partnership Schools

Poole High School – Lead School/Main School Placement
Poole Grammar School - Main School Placement 
St Edwards RC CE VA School - Main School Placement
Canford School & Carter Community School- Second School Placement
The Blandford School & Parkstone Grammar School - Second School Placement



Do I need teaching experience?

WSTP would prefer to consider applicants who have some experience of working with young people, though this is not essential.  The application will be strengthened if any of the following are included:

Experience of teaching or training young people and/or adults.
Working as a Teaching Assistant of a Cover Supervisor.
Voluntary work with young groups e.g. Guides or Scouts.
Acting as a classroom helper or teacher's aide.

Information for potential applicants

Poole High School and Wessex Schools Training Partnership, as an accredited provider of initial teacher education will be offering the School Direct training programme.

Poole High School works in very close partnership with local schools to deliver School Direct.

Our next training programme will run from September 2014 to July 2015.

Our fees for non-salaried places are £9,000.  

If you have any queries, please contact Kirstin Brooks by phone on 01202 662038 or by email and we will do our very best to help you.

What does the training involve

WSTP offers 'on the job' training through a well structured programme that has been designed around gaining classroom experience  in two different schools within the partnership.

WSTP will secure your school placements within the partnership schools.

In addition to the classroom experience, the training is supported by professionals, who through a series of seminars and tutorials will help trainees to develop the skills to teach effectively.  Each trainee will be assigned their own mentor who will guide the trainee through the course.  Also visiting tutors will provide additional pedagogic support and advice through formal observations and feedback sessions.

The training programme and the outcomes will be moderated by the Bath Spa University (subject to final confirmation) to ensure consistency of provision.


Laura-Jane Race

Since a young age I had the ambition of becoming a Geography
teacher. Having looked into PGCE courses and the GTP course through the WSTP, I
decided that I would benefit more from doing a GTP which offered a more 'in the
classroom' learning experience.

In April 2009 I undertook the initial part of my training at St.
Edwards School where I learnt a great deal about teaching in a comprehensive
school and differentiating for students with a variety of educational needs.
The majority of my training was at Poole Grammar School which gave me a
different learning experience - learning how to teach in a single sex selective
boys' grammar school where a considerable amount of stretch and challenge was
necessary in order to ensure the boys reached their full potential. During my
training I involved myself in as many extra-curricular activities as possible
as this is a central role to student development. I organised whole school
charity activities and participated in Duke of Edinburgh training and
expeditions, as well as fieldtrips. This included co-ordinating and running a
Geography based activity trip to Bude, Devon. I was fortunate enough to stay at
Poole Grammar for an additional two terms after my GTP training finished to
continue teaching on a maternity contract.

In January 2011 I gained employment at The Thomas Hardye School
in Dorchester - the size of this school offered many opportunities in terms of
my career progression. In September 2011, I was given the responsibility of
pupil tracking for Sixth Form Geography students as well as undertaking the
Gifted and Talented programme for Year 10. The following year I was awarded the
role of School Literacy Co-Ordinator which involved developing literacy schemes
across all curriculum areas within the school - somewhat of a challenge in a
school of 2500 students which offers a vast range of subjects, nevertheless a
rewarding experience. During my time at Thomas Hardye I was also a PGCE mentor
for Geography students at Exeter University - this was a fantastic opportunity
which enabled me to reflect on my own teaching practice.

At Easter 2013 I successfully applied for the position of Head of
Geography at King Edward VI School in Southampton where I started in September

01202 662038
Poole High School, Wimborne Road, Poole BH15 2BW