School Direct Training Providers

We are delighted that you are interested in this exciting opportunity to become part of the team at Western 
in order to complete your PGCE (accredited by Northumbria University) and begin what we hope will be a 
lifetime dedicated to improving life chances for children.                                                    

Western is an exceptional school with exceptional children. We were designated as the first outstanding school in North Tyneside under the new Ofsted framework in February 2012 and I hope you will take the time to read through our Ofsted report. Teaching is outstanding and we are privileged to have a fantastic team of professionals with a passion for making a difference to children's lives who enjoy working as part of a team and thrive on sharing and exploring new practice.

The school hosts Shining Stars Childcare Provider on site. They are able to provide wraparound childcare for children during term time and full time care during holiday periods. Opening hours are from 7:30am to 6pm. Further information on charges for childcare can be obtained direct from Shining Stars by calling at the school office. 

Our main entrance is on Rutland Road, Wallsend, NE28 8QL. Public Transport. 
The metro is located nearby in Wallsend and a range of bus services run along West Street,
 adjacent to the school entrance.      

Links to all public transport below


We have high expectations of all staff, and this includes our trainees. You need to have the highest expectations of yourself with an ambitious determination become an outstanding teacher in the future. We can promise you limitless support, the chance to learn from other outstanding professionals and the excitement of working in an environment where we strive for the very best for all children.

What can Western offer you as an alternative to a traditional route through a university-based PGCE?

We can promise you:

An outstanding school with a team of outstanding teachers ranging from newly qualified                                       
practitioners to highly experienced leaders.           
A sustained and highly personalised PGCE programme, devised by a team of outstanding teachers and leaders, which will allow trainees to fully immerse themselves in the life of  school and make a valuable contribution to Western Community Primary School.                                                                                                                                                                                                   
A professional learning community where every single member of staff has a desire to continually reflect on, improve and evaluate their performance and  where sharing practice is integral to daily life in school.                                                                                                    

An outstanding early years, which was recently used by HMI in an Ofsted video to highlight best practice in the early years. 

A vibrant, welcoming community with longstanding experience in supporting and developing trainee teachers. 

A highly creative curriculum which engages and enthuses 
children and promotes a fascination for learning.

Almost 500 children with a huge appetite for learning and outstanding behaviour and attitudes

Parents and carers with high expectations and a willingness to support school in a strong partnership for learning.                                                                                                                 
A purpose built, PFI school on an extensive site on the borders of Newcastle and North Tyneside.                                                                                                                                                     
Facilities include an art room with kiln, specialist gym with changing facilities,  ICT suite, I-pad trolleys, music room, multi-use games area and vast school fields with trim trail, internal and external amphitheatres, a recently extended outdoor learning area in Foundation Stage including a tree house, workshop, forest, water feature , boat and a mud kitchen!


A strong partnership with six effective North Tyneside schools, carefully chosen to provide a range of school-based experiences to prepare PGCE students for an outstanding career in teaching. 

A partnership with an outstanding University to quality assure and accredit the school-direct PGCE experience.

A protected study day each week until all assignments are handed in.

The highest quality weekly training and support led by school leaders at Western and at our partnership schools.


Essential Qualifications


Grade C or equivalent level in GCSE examinations in English.


Grade C or equivalent level in GCSE examinations in Mathematics.


Grade C or equivalent level in GCSE examinations in a Science subject.


Successful completion of professional skills tests prior to commencement of PGCE programme.


A minimum of a degree.


What essential skills and experiences should candidates be able to demonstrate?

The ambition to be an outstanding teacher to enable children to have the best chance in life.
The ability to inspire and motivate children.
A sense of humour.

The highest personal and professional expectations of self and others.
Ability to be positive and resilient in the face of demanding situations.
Ability to manage time effectively - to be flexible, adaptable, to prioritise appropriately and to work to deadlines.
Highly effective communication skills, both orally and in writing.
Willingness to be flexible and to embrace new challenges and new practices.
Ability to establish and maintain relationships with children who may display challenging behaviour.
Ability to establish effective relationships with parents and carers.
Ability and willingness to accept support and challenge from colleagues.
High quality organisation skills.
The ability to reflect on and evaluate own performance.
The ability to present a professional image.
The ability to think outside the box and to find creative solutions to problems.

What other experiences and skills would be desirable?

Ideally, we prefer candidates to have experience of working with children in either a voluntary or paid capacity, thus demonstrating a commitment to a career in education. It is crucial that you are able to show some understanding of the demands of a teaching career. Whilst we appreciate that undergraduates may not have had the opportunity to seek paid employment with a school or educational provider, voluntary experience is just as valid.

We want teachers who have the potential to be leaders of the future. Whilst we know that you will want to spend the first years of your career honing your skills as a teacher, we hope that you will also have ambition to develop leadership skills in the future.


Our Past Students - Testimonies

All students who we have trained here at western have gone on to pass their course, became newly qualified teachers while successfully obtain employment within an education setting. Four of our own students have been employed her at Western.


We are delighted to report that after successfully completing their PGCE at Western, our first and second cohort of trainees have all graduated with flying colours. They have all successfully secured teaching jobs both in the locality and further afield. 

Our morning session requires you to teach a session with a group of children, have an informal chat with senior leaders in school and undertake a short assessment task. You will also get the chance to tour our building and meet some children.

Following this very rigorous morning, we select candidates to take through to formal interview in the afternoon session, where we are joined by a representative from Northumbria University.

We usually offer places to candidates immediately following the formal interviews.

How is School Direct shaped at Western?

A network of school-based candidates (6) within school with whom you can share practice and offer mutual support.

Two senior leaders assigned to lead the school direct programme, providing professional tutelage.

Opportunities to observe practice across the full age range within a school judged outstanding by Ofsted.

Experience in at least three phases in school (drawn from EYFS, KS1, lower KS2 and upper KS2).

School-based placements in at least two primary schools which have been carefully selected by us to complement your experience at Western.

The opportunity to experience a whole school year with the wide range of demands on a class teacher preparing you effectively for your NQT experience.

Hands on experience of delivering the highly accredited Read Write Inc phonics programme to teach early reading.

Hands on experience of using Numicon, Cuisenaire and a range of manipulatives to support the development of mastery in Maths.

The skills to plan creatively, using a topic based approach to a holistic curriculum for children across the primary age range.

Opportunities to become involved in activities beyond the usual curriculum including our Western University programme, educational visits off site and our after school clubs.

Experience of preparing children for formal testing through SATS in Year 2 and Year 6.

Access to our in-house professional development programme including our staff training sessions, curriculum working groups and staff meetings.

The opportunity to explore strategies for meeting the needs of children with special educational needs including support from our Leader for SEN and our lead learning mentor.

A school-based mentor who is experienced in the phase you wish to specialise in.

Access to a comprehensive training programme through Northumbria University which will complement our school-based programme. This will include a network of other school-based candidates.

Working in partnership with Northumbria University...

The successful applicant will join a cohort of other School Direct students for a number of university based sessions over the course of the year. These sessions will provide the successful applicant with the opportunity to be part of a professional learning community and to engage with some of the wider pedagogical and social theories around education. This will be delivered through taught sessions delivered by university lecturers and a range of visiting speakers from various fields within education. A tutoring system will also support academic, pastoral and school based needs through both campus based tutorials, and school visits.

Students will have the option to demonstrate Level 7 achievements through specific assignments which, if successful, will lead to credits towards Master's level study.

Based upon the specific training needs of the candidate, the University will work with the school to provide more personalised input, drawing on expertise within other initial teacher education programmes at Northumbria.

Upon successful completion of the programme, the candidate will be awarded either a Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (Level 6) or a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (Level 7), with a recommendation for QTS.