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St Mark's Catholic School

St Mark's Catholic School

Teacher Training

St Mark's Catholic School is offering the opportunity to train as an outstanding teacher in partnership with St Mary's University in Twickenham. St Mark's Catholic School is a member of the Diocese of Westminster Academy Trust (DOWAT) who coordinates our ITT programme. The Alliance is pleased to be offering Lead Partner route PGCE training (unsalaried) courses for September 2024.

Our next Open Day event is on the 23rd April 2024. If you are interested in attending, please register your interest here 

What qualifications do I need?

The teaching profession looks for the highest quality candidates, so you will need to meet the following requirements before you can be accepted for teacher training.

  • Hold and be able to provide certificated evidence of having an undergraduate degree conferred by a UK university or an equivalent qualification. Most successful applicants will have 2:2 degree classification or better.
  • Have achieved at least a grade 4 (C) or above in both Mathematics and English Language GCSEs (or approved equivalents).
  • For PE and Science subjects you will also need at least a grade 4 (C) in GCSE Science.
  • Teaching is physically and mentally demanding, and there are fitness requirements set by the Department for Education for applicants to initial teacher training programmes. Please see the St Mary's University websites for further details.

How do I attend an Open Day Event at St Mark's Catholic School?

St Mark's hosts termly open days for potential trainee teachers. As part of the day you will attend a talk from the programme coordinator, meet the head teacher and observe a lesson in the subject you are interested in teaching.

We highly recommend you attend one of these events if you are interested in training with us so you can learn a bit more about the course and what it means to be a member of the community at St Mark's.

Our next Open Day event is on the 23rd April 2024.

Register your interest here 

Subject Knowledge Enhancement

If your degree isn't in the subject you wish to teach, you may be eligible for a funded course to increase your subject knowledge before starting your training.

Further requirements

If you studied outside of the UK, you should visit the National Academic Recognition Centre (NARIC) to find out whether your qualifications are of an equivalent level to UK GCSEs, A levels and an undergraduate degree.

How do I apply?

To apply for lead partner route school based PGCE courses you will need to use the Apply for teacher training serviceTo train at St Mark's, you will need to apply through DOWAT. Please contact Sarah Wickenden for more information

How do I get advice and support?

You can register with Get Into Teaching, the Department for Education's free support and advice service.

A specialist advisor will help you prepare your application and advise you on funding options (including loans and tax-free bursaries and scholarships). You can also book school experience and access teaching events.

We would also like to hear from you, please contact Sarah Wickenden if you have any questions about the course or how to apply please email