We aim to provide a challenging and well designed programme of school-based practice and academic study to a wide range of trainee teachers. Our inclusive ethos and well resourced environment offer a highly supportive and personalised approach to learning.
Since 1996 Wandsworth Primary Schools’ Consortium (WPSC) has been accredited by the National College for Teaching and Leadership to train highly motivated graduates to teach 3-11 year olds in primary schools via a school-centred initial teacher training (SCITT). From 2003 there has also been the opportunity for trainees to specialise as teachers of 3-7 year olds. For 2017/18 we are offering PGCE places for 29 trainees. The course provides trainees with the theoretical and practical experience needed to meet the standards for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and the award of a PGCE with credits towards one third of a Master’s. For the last eight years all who have qualified via Wandsworth SCITT have found work as teachers, a much higher percentage than the national average.
We are currently based in a training suite at the top of Alderbrook Primary School, Oldridge Road, London SW12 8PP. From September 2017, we will be based at St. Mary's RC Primary School in Battersea. Facilities include the main office, a lecture room with interactive whiteboard, wi-fi access, plus a common room for trainees to use with microwaves, fridges and dishwashers. We also have a small library and resources on-site. The Learning Resources Service is also regularly used, as well as the many facilities offered by Kingston University Library and Resource Centre.