Blessed Christopher Wharton, Catholic Academy Trust

Applications OPEN to start training in September 2024

Click here to apply to train to teach with us.

The codes you need are:

  • Training Provider - Blessed Christopher Wharton Catholic Academy Trust
  • Early Years 3-7
  • General Primary 5-11 

Teacher Training 

17 Primary Schools, 1 amazing experience

Our schools have excellent transport links by rail or car. We border Leeds, North Yorkshire, Lancashire and Halifax and have a diverse and rewarding range of schools. We are a Catholic Partnership, but like lots of our children, parents and teachers, you do not have to be Catholic to be a part of what we do.

You will be immersed in school life straightaway, part of our family. You will receive bespoke on the job training from a mentor, overseen by our Lead Mentor. We provide much of the training in partnership with Bishop Konstant CatholicAcademy Trust meaning you will get to see life in schools across West Yorkshire.

We have:

Wonderful Children

Amazing Parents

Dedicated Staff & Governors

100% Employment rate within 6 months

Better than National retention figures after 2 years (84%)

76% Retention after 5 years - better than national

17 schools to experience

1 school-based mentor & 1 Lead mentor for every trainee

Bespoke, personalised training

Support for job interviews

A career pathway to develop and nurture your talent throughout your career

Support through the Early Career Framework

Bespoke support for the first 3 years of your career

Opportunities to be involved in cutting edge research and enquiry


Our School Direct programme is predominantly school-based and leads to the award of PGCE with Qualified Teacher Status accredited by Leeds Trinity University, an established and widely respected institution with an excellent reputation for teacher training.

Early Years 3-7

Your school based placements will be across Nursery, Reception, Year 1 and Year 2.

You will be given specific support on how the youngest children develop and will be supported and guided by our outstanding Early Years staff and our experienced Lead Mentor.

General Primary 5-11

This will provide you with the skills and knowledge to teacher Year 1 through to Year 6. 

You will be given specific support on how the children develop and how to prepare them for the next stage in their education and will be supported by our outstanding staff  and our experienced Lead Mentor.

Entry Requirements

  •  An honours degree at 3 or above in any national curriculum or relevant subject
  • GCSE English, Mathematics (and Science for Primary trainees) at Grade C or above (or equivalent)
  • A satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) disclosure

  • Health clearance

Successful Applicants

  • Have a good understanding of the role of teachers
  • Have shown commitment to working with children
  • Are  enthusiastic learners
  • Demonstrate excellent interpersonal skills
  • Love children
  • Want to make a difference
  • Are resilient and go the 'extra mile'

Bursaries & Funding

The funding available for teacher training is:

  • Tuition Fee Loan and Maintenance Loan
  • Additional financial support if you’re a parent or have a disability


Learn More

We work in partnership with Leeds Trinity University

A highly rated university that gets to know you as a person, not a number. Lots of your training will be at Leeds Trinity, facilitated by specialist leaders and experienced lecturers.