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The Application Process

The application process

All applications must be made via the centralised UCAS portal. Applicants should register on the UCAS websitehttp://www.ucas.com/how-it-all-works/teacher-training/filling-in-your-application.  Once registered, applicants should select Ashmount School as the lead school.


The UCAS portal is now open for the 2015-16 intake.  

Successful candidates will be invited to interview in Loughborough.  This interview will involve written and mathematical tasks and group and individual interviews.

On successful completion of this interview, applicants will be invited to undertake a three-day placement in a partner school which has been identified as a potential lead school for the training year.  Potential trainees value the opportunity this placement gives them to have a clear understanding of the context in which they will be training.

Candidates should take note of the following:

  • applicants will need to have GCSE grade C minimum (or equivalent) in English, maths and science;
  • applicants will be expected to have, or anticipate being awarded, an honours degree normally at a minimum  of a 2:2;
  • applicants should have  a minimum of twenty days’  recent observation and /or employment experience in primary schools;
  • applicants should be aware that DfE skills test passes in maths and English are an entry requirement.


Ashmount & Encompass Alliance is committed to attracting  trainees from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds, men and women, mature candidates, and those from under-represented groups. Many applicants will already have had significant experience of working with children or young adults, possibly as Teaching Assistants or in a voluntary capacity. Applicants often come from widely differing commercial or industrial backgrounds or other areas of the public sector and it is recognised that they have the potential to bring valuable transferable skills and knowledge into the profession with them.