Aspire – Train To Teach

Are you interested in training to become a teacher? We can help!

St Mark’s CofE Primary are excited to be part of the Aspire Teaching Alliance. This is a group of local schools who have formed an alliance to provide high quality, on-the-job training for those wanting to go into primary school teaching. The programme is fully accredited by the University of Winchester, and successful candidates gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), as well as a PCGE.

The Department for Education accredited Overton CE Primary School as a National Teaching School in 2014 and soon after we began to collaborate with them, and other local schools, to form the Aspire Alliance. Benefits of this partnership include our ability to access high quality continued professional development for our staff which ensures the school is forward looking and continually striving for excellence for all the children and staff.

Another aspect to the Alliance’s work is training future primary school teachers.  This September saw the start of our 3rd cohort and although it looks like the group will continue the 100% success rate of those who have gone before.

School Direct is a one year teacher training programme for graduates (including career changers) who learn “on the job” in one of the Alliance’s schools.  This will enable us to develop and retain high quality teachers with excellent employment prospects in the local area.

If you think you have a desire to teach, we have just started recruiting potential trainees to our School Direct programme for 2019/2020. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in training to become a teacher and would like more information, representatives from Aspire Alliance will be at the following locations in the forthcoming months:

Information Events and Application Workshops at Overton CE Primary School, Court Drove, Overton, RG25 3ES

Coffee Mornings

  • Thursday 11th October – 8am to 9.30am
  • Thursday 15th November – 8am to 9.30am
  • Thursday 13th December – 8am to 9.30am

Information Evenings

  • Tuesday 6th November – 6pm to 7pm
  • Tuesday 27th November – 6pm to 7pm


To find out more, speak to Mr Applegate, or visit


“My school and mentor have been amazingly supportive and encouraging.”


“Training within the Alliance on a Friday meant I could implement things straight away on the following Monday and improve my practice.”


“This year has prepared me well for my NQT year-my confidence has grown enormously.”


“It’s a great way to learn and you’re part of a team straight away. There is a great range of training along with strong and consistent support.”