About our school experience
We offer a full day's experience so that you get as much as possible from your visit.
Typically this will include the opportunity to:
- observe at least 4 lessons in your chosen subject across different year groups
- tour the school
- informally chat with a member of the Rural Schools Alliance team so that any questions regarding training or the School Direct route can be answered
- meet with current trainees
You'll be greeted at reception and guided around the school during the day. At lunch and afternoon break, you'll be taken to the teacher training hub so that you can find out more about teacher training with the Rural Schools Alliance.
We operate a cashless catering system so please bring your food for the day, along with a water bottle. There are various places to refill your bottle around the school, along with hot drink machines to use during breaks.
If you have any questions following your visit or would like to visit again, we're happy to help.
- Start and finish times
08:30 to 15:00
Whilst our school day is from 08:30-15:00, we understand that you may need to start later or finish earlier. We're happy to discuss alternative timings with you when we arrange your visit.
- Dress code
- Teacher training
Swanmore College is the lead school for the Rural Schools Alliance - an established Teaching School partnership of Hampshire secondary schools based in rural communities. Our locations are all within an easily commutable distance from Andover, Fareham, Waterlooville, Winchester, Southampton, and Portsmouth.
We work with the University of Winchester to deliver a quality teacher training programme, which is bespoke to trainee needs.
All student teachers are initially registered for the Professional Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) and on completing the School Direct course gain ECT (Early Career Teacher) status.
Links to more information about our school
- Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course
- Must have a degree
- DBS check required
No - Candidates will be accompanied at all times when in school.
We offer dates for Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays during term time only.
We will arrange your visit based on your availability and that of the staff members who will be involved, so that you are able to get the most out of your day.
- School experience type
- In school
- New Road, Swanmore, Southampton, Hampshire, SO32 2RB
Not available on site
There are 2 car parks close by. Swanmore Village Hall is nearest, or there is another at Swanmore Park (near a BMX & skate park); both are on New Road and parking is free.
- School phases
- Secondary (11 to 16)
- Art and design
- Design and technology
- Physical education
- Religious education