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.
In August 2017 we relocated to a new training suite at the top of St. Mary's RC Primary School in Battersea, Lockington Road, SW8 4BE. St Mary's is part of the brand new Battersea Exchange development and at the heart of the wider redevelopment of the Nine Elms area. We are opposite Battersea Park train station, a short bus ride from Vauxhall bus station and underground and have easy connections to all our consortium schools. We are 5 minutes walk from the beautiful Battersea Park and the exciting Battersea Power Station redevelopment is in reach for a lunchtime stroll.
Facilities on-site include an office, lecture room and common room. Trainees have free access to the Wandsworth Learning Resources Service and Kingston University Library and Resource Centre in addtion to a small on-site library.