Wessex Training Hub

Lead by Axbridge Academy, Axbridge, Somerset, BS26 2BA; in partnership with the Trust schools

We Learn Together!

Why train with the Wessex Hub

We are a family of 13 schools, in close proximity across the Cheddar Valley area, with children at the heart of our school system. Our closeness in locality and partnership working will offer effective and supportive placements for you as a student. 

The Cheddar Valley is a three tier system, from 2-18 years. As such, we plan opportunities for you to be exposed to year groups beyond your PGCE that would further enhance your qualification and experience, building an excellent foundation to begin your teaching career. Joint training opportunities are also planned throughout the year through INSET days and networking opportunities. 

Each placement would offer you high quality, school-based experience and training in partnership with Somerset SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) supported by a proven track record of excellent ITT provision. The Lead School, Axbridge Academy, has been identified as an Outstanding ITT School.

Our professional tutors and teachers are excellent practitioners who are eager to share their knowledge skills and effective practice with the next generation of teachers.

The course will provide QTS (Qualified Teacher Status) as well as a PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education). The Wessex Hub aims to create a pathway of the highest quality training and possible succession opportunities for trainees in its partner schools. We would aim to offer an interview to our School Direct trainees, should a vacancy arise within the family of schools.

The Wessex Hub Family of Schools

The Wessex Hub is led by Axbridge First School Academy, in partnership with all our Trust schools.

All schools are judged as Good or Outstanding in their recent Ofsted inspections and have a strong record of working with ITT providers. There is a vast array of expertise in the group of schools. Somerset SCITT are our accredited ITT partner, and judged as Outstanding by Ofsted in 2017. The University of Worcester provide the necessary accreditation for your qualification.  

Entry requirements and desirable trainees

The Schools Direct training programme is for high quality graduates who want to train as part of a school team. We offer placements across Early Years and the Primary phase. 

We are looking for enthusiastic, committed and passionate trainee teachers to join our schools. We are seeking trainees who have a natural rapport with children and adults, an innate passion for teaching and learning and who strive to make a positive difference to children’s lives.

We expect trainees to have a degree (2:2 or higher), preferably with a relevance to the primary or early curriculum, as well as strong English, Maths, Science and Computing skills. (GCSE Grades C or above). 

Note: The Wessex Hub does not offer salaried placements.
Bursaries are available from the National College for Teaching and Leadership

Training Programme

You will be trained in highly aspirational and supportive environments to enable the delivery of creative, purposeful and challenging teaching and learning. You will develop the rigour, professional knowledge, understanding and skills necessary to deliver excellent provision for young people.

Training will be delivered by expert teachers in the partnership schools enhanced by full access to the SCITT training and support programmes. You will be assigned to one of the schools in the partnership in which you will do teaching placements in the Autumn and Summer terms. Part of the Spring term will be a teaching placement in a contrasting school and Key stage within the Wessex Hub of schools.  You will be treated like a member of staff and will attend staff meetings and professional development days in the main placement school with additional opportunities to attend training across the wider hub where appropriate.

Each trainee will be assigned a Professional Tutor (PT Mentor) form the school of your main placement and a Tutor Moderator from Somerset SCITT who will make a minimum of two visits per term.

Assessments will be made throughout the year against the Teacher Standards, course work and assignments set by Somerset SCITT. Successful completion of the programme requires passes in both teaching and in all assignments. Termly reports are also written by the PT’s in your school and supported by the Headteacher.

Our PT’s are outstanding teachers who are experienced in supporting the professional development of new and experienced teachers. They have a range of skills including coaching, effective classroom observation and feedback skills. You are therefore assured of a high level of personal and professional support in a programme which is well managed at all levels.

The co-ordination of your programme in the Wessex Hub is led by Lorna Richardson, Headteacher at Axbridge Academy and Training Lead in the Wessex Hub.

Selection of trainees

Applications via UCAS for the academic year 2020-21 open in October 2019. Shortlisting will take place within 14 days of receipt of application. Candidates will be offered an interview if application is deemed suitable. Interviews are scheduled throughout the year, however applying at your earliest convenience is advised.
This is co-ordinated between Somerset SCITT and the Wessex Hub schools and Training Lead. The interview process will consist of an activity with a group of pupils, a presentation and formal interview.  
Visits are welcome but not part of the selection process. Please contact the Training Lead if you wish to make one.


The Wessex Learning Trust recognises that the safety and welfare of children is paramount and that we have a responsibility to protect children in all our Academies’ activities. We take all reasonable steps to ensure, through appropriate procedures and training, that all children, irrespective of sex, age, disability, race, religion or belief, sexual identity or social status, are protected from abuse.

All trainees must complete an enhanced clearance from the DBS service regarding their suitability to work with young people and health and medical checks.

Trainees will be required read and sign key policies regarding safeguarding (Code of Conduct, ICT Acceptable user agreement).