Train to teach with SUPA

Thinking of training to teach?  Train with SUPA Salisbury.

What is SUPA?

Wyvern St Edmund’s is one a of growing number of schools leading the way in terms of creating more school-led teacher training. We link with several other secondary schools in the area in a consortium called ‘SUPA Salisbury’ whose goal is to make Salisbury a centre of excellence in the delivery of teacher training. This is really important to us because it means we can choose the very best talent and develop individuals into teachers. We work in alliance with Southampton University with whom we have a strong and long standing relationship training high quality teachers. In the four years of our alliance, we have trained over 30 teachers, many of whom have gone on to teach in our schools.

We have vacancies now to start training from September 2020 and we would be very interested to hear from people if they are thinking of becoming a teacher. We’re looking for people who have (or will have) a degree, have a passion for teaching and want to inspire young people to fulfil their potential. More information about SUPA Teachers can be found on our website

If you are considering teaching and would like to spend some time in lessons and talking to teachers and/or would like further information on the this route into teaching please email Caroline Smith, Deputy Headteacher

More information can be found at our website

The other schools that make up SUPA Salisbury are:

Bishop Wordsworth School

South Wilts Grammar SchoolCre8iveStudios-6112 (1)

St Joseph’s Catholic School

The Stonehenge School

The Trafalgar School



Why choose this route into teaching?

Firstly, it gives you a ‘best of both worlds’ approach in that you get a link with a local school for the year combined with access to the full 60 days of ITT training offered by the University of Southampton

At the university you will receive a mixture of

  • Curriculum days – where trainees work with subject specialist tutors and groups of subject specific trainees.
  • Professional themes days, on whole school topics, delivered by a host of guest speakers who are specialists in these areas.

Each SUPA trainee will have a home school, this would normally be decided by the SUPA group of schools in June.

As a trainee you will spend the first 2 weeks of term in September in your home school and so will be included in all staff training and induction for new staff.  Following that you will join the university led course and receive a mixture of training and teaching experience (including a long block of teaching in a different school) in the term to Christmas.  From January to the end of May you would be back in your home school for the second, longer placement.

The pre-Christmas placement will be in a contrasting school and organised by the university in consultation with SUPA, when necessary – the benefit of this is that it provides access to all our partnership schools – so that we can find the best contrasting placement for trainees as individuals.  Please also be aware that it is a statutory requirement that all trainees teach in two schools therefore, trainees will have to complete a second placement whatever route you select.

There is a wide range of contrasting schools within the alliance which ensure a broad experience.  For more specific questions and details of bursaries available please contact