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The Polesworth School

The Polesworth School is the lead school within a successful partnership that spans a large area of the Midlands. Covering North Warwickshire, and Staffordshire, the schools within our Alliance are offering mainly non-salaried training places and provide the opportunity for trainees to experience teaching in a wide variety of settings.

All of our vacancies result in QTS and PGCE qualifications. Your time will be spent mainly in your chosen school.

Whilst one day a week will be spent at the University, some of your PGCE will be delivered at The Polesworth School. You will actively participate in our Professional Learning Programme, part of a well-resourced, effectively led and co-ordinated programme. During your initial year of training with us you will receive rigorous and regular professional development so that you can progress to becoming an outstanding teacher.

About our school experience


Gain experience in an outstanding mainstream state secondary school and make an informed choice about getting into teaching.

Become fully immersed in the life of a teacher! Meet the staff and departments who teach our young people. With your own timetable and guidance on how to make the most of your experience, there will be plenty of opportunity to network with existing trainees, former trainees and subject mentors as well as the chance to discuss how you can develop your own teaching career through our School Direct Partnership.

Start and finish times
09.00 to 13.10 - Flexible

The times given are the standard times for a Taster Day which is designed to give the candidate maximum experience whilst causing minimum disruption to the school. However, these times can be tweaked, please contact the school to arrange.

Dress code

Cover up tattoos, Remove piercings, Smart casual

Teacher training

We are Lead School for the Community Academies Trust (CAT) Institute of Education and work with secondary and primary schools based across Warwickshire (Leamington Spa, Warwick, Nuneaton, Polesworth, Kingsbury, Tamworth, Lichfield and Telford), as well as the Universities of Warwick and Derby.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course
    • Must have a degree
    • Photo identification: Passport or driving licence
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

We don't accept school experience visitors during the school holidays or during public examination periods. Visits to Maths and Science are held on Wednesdays, all other departments are upon application.

School experience type
Both Virtual and In school


Dordon Road, Dordon, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 1QT
Map showing The Polesworth School

Yes - on site parking provided

There is on site parking available. You may have to double park. If you find this to be the case, please give your registration and contact number to Reception when you sign in, just on the off chance that you are asked to move your car.

Dordon Road, Dordon, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B78 1QT
School phases
Primary (4 to 11), Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

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