Why train with us?

Our aim is to provide excellent teacher training for Winchester and the surrounding area.

Our schools have built up considerable experience and expertise in developing and supporting qualified teachers and those entering the teaching profession. Since 2016, the alliance has worked across the city of Winchester to train teachers.

The University of Winchester is rated as outstanding by Ofsted for its initial teacher training provision and in the most recent National Student Survey it was ranked in the top 25 universities in England.

Winchester is a beautiful and well situated city which has many good and outstanding schools and children growing up in the area receive an education of high quality. It is a fantastic place to live (voted the 2nd happiest place to live in the UK in 2023 by Rightmove “Happy at Home” index). 

As a trainee teacher, you will be within schools that are totally committed to providing you with the best training year possible. We offer both primary and secondary positions and also are able to provide placements within a special school or sixth form college to interested applicants.

The mentors for our trainee teachers are experienced and often outstanding teachers who are well trained in coaching, classroom observation and feedback skills. They work closely with staff at The University of Winchester, an institution with which the schools have an excellent relationship. Since the inception of WSTA, all those who have trained via this route within our alliance and wanted to apply for newly qualified teacher posts have successfully gained employment.