Training at Waverley

Further Information

Contact us

You can browse detailed information about the PGCE route we offer in your subject/phase on the Find postgraduate teacher training programme portal.  Please get in touch if you have a query or to discuss your application, no question is too silly to ask!

Phone: 0121 566 6600 ext. 31062

All applications for training places are made through the UCAS Teacher Training portal or the DfE Apply service. Our application cycle runs from October through to the end of June each year, though many courses fill up early in the cycle.


Upcoming information events

There are regular events to offer information and advice to prospective teacher training applicants at which Waverley School Direct is represented. Events coming up include the following. To register for an event at Waverley School, please email: For other events, please click the link on the event title.

Waverley School Direct - your questions answered (online events)
  • Wed 12 May 2021 (16.00-17.00)
  • Thurs 27 May 2021 (16.00-17.00)
  • Thurs 10 June 2021 (16.00-17.00)
  • Wed 23 June 2021 (16.00-17.00)

Making an application

Once you have decided to apply to a Waverley School Direct programme, please do think about spending a day in a school before applying if you have not done so already. We will help with this through Get School Experience, just one day will support you enormously in writing an effective personal statement and demonstrating your best potential at interview. But this is not compulsory.

Perfect your personal statement – see the Eligibility section to see what we are looking for. We want to see a passion for teaching (and your subject, if secondary), commitment and a genuine interest in young people. Get someone else to check what you have written for accuracy and clarity.

Liaise with your referees so they are ready to upload references when you need them to – we cannot see your application until both references have been received. If you are a university student, one reference must be from a tutor who can comment on expected grades. The best referees will be able to comment on your potential for teaching, so if you have worked in a school please ask the Headteacher to give you a reference. All referees should give a workplace email address, we cannot accept references from family or friends.

You can apply for all our programmes via UCAS Teacher Training website, though we will also be participating in the new DfE Apply service as it rolls out later in 2020.

If you have any questions or need help, please ask! Contact details are at the top of this page.


Useful websites

Find a programme:
Make an application: ucas-teacher-training-apply-and-track
Funding information:
Get School Experience Service:
Newman University:
Birmingham City University:


Working with local HEIs

Waverley Education Foundation Schools also work with Higher Education Providers (HEIs) to offer placements to trainees on university-led PGCE / PGDipEd courses in both primary and secondary phases. We have a strong track record of providing excellent experiences for students from the University of Birmingham, Birmingham City University, Kingston University, Staffordshire University, Wolverhampton University and Newman University, as well as trainees on other School Direct programmes. If you are a provider looking to source placements, please contact us.