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Waldegrave School

Waldegrave is an oversubscribed secondary school in the Borough of Richmond upon Thames. Our successful School Direct teacher training programme is well established and our partnerships with Roehampton University and St Mary’s ensure our trainees have a first class experience whilst training to teach.

As the lead school for the Waldegrave Training Alliance (WTA) we are able to offer placements in all 11 of the Richmond upon Thames secondary schools, all of which are Good or Outstanding.

Waldegrave School is an 11-18 school. If you book for a school experience day with us you will see that we set high standards of behaviour and have high expectations of all of our students. We are proud of the excellent teachers we have who ensure our students reach their full potential and enjoy school. Ofsted reported in 2018 that Waldegrave is an outstanding school. Our examination results are excellent and reflect the work of committed staff and students. This success has placed the school on the Sunday Times Parent Power list for many years and in 2016 we were named Comprehensive School of the Year.

Waldegrave School has much more to offer than examination results. Our teachers are subject experts. They create opportunities that are many and varied and include the taught curriculum and wider enrichment experience to develop the whole child.

About our school experience

Individual requirements:
  • Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course
  • Must have a degree
  • They must live within 10 miles of the school
  • Photo identification: Passport or driving licence

Participants will be given a full tour of Waldegrave School followed by workshops in routes into teaching, how to apply and interview technique.

Please book your place by emailing

Art and design, Biology, Chemistry, Computing, Design and technology, Drama, English, Geography, History, Maths, Music, Physics, and Religious education
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Map showing Waldegrave School

For more information about our school:

School phases
  • Secondary (11 to 16)
  • 16 to 18
Fifth Cross Road
DBS check required

No - Candidates will be accompanied at all times when in school

Dress code

Smart casual

Attendees must wear a face covering at all times

Start and finish times

9am to 3pm - Flexible

We can be flexible to suit childcare needs


Yes - on site parking provided

We have a visitors' car park, located on the left hand side of the school

Teacher training offered

Waldegrave is a Training School. As well as leading our own School Direct Alliance we are also part of the Wandle Teaching School Hub. We work with Roehampton University and St Mary's University to deliver the School Direct programme and all our teachers can qualify with both QTS and a full PGCE, gaining credits towards a Masters.

Find out more about our teacher training