Teacher Training - St Wilfrids Catholic High School and Sixth Form College

Teacher Training

Why Train With Us…

The Diocese of Leeds BKCAT Alliance offers the opportunity to train to teach alongside serving outstanding teachers in a scheme overseen by St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form College.

St Wilfrid’s was involved in School Direct in Partnership with Hallam TSA before expanding into a large School Direct partnership working with 16 schools across Primary and Secondary phases. Training with the Diocese of Leeds BKCAT Alliance can therefore be tailored to your needs and the type of school you are drawn to with experience available in a range of settings. All the schools are committed to playing a significant role in training up their own future teachers as part of this collaborative network.

St Wilfrid’s has a national reputation as an award winning school which makes it an ideal leader of our innovative approach to school based teacher training.

St Joseph’s Castleford, lead the primary aspect of the Diocese of Leeds BKCAT Alliance. They offer opportunities to train in an environment where teaching and learning are centered on the teaching and example of Jesus Christ in secure, well-ordered schools which allow for the spiritual, emotional and intellectual growth of the pupils.

Our Alliance Schools are mainly located in West Yorkshire around Wakefield, Pontefract and Goole. A full list of our partner schools can be seen below.


We work in partnership with Leeds Trinity University who accredit and co-deliver our course. The course is a blend of university and school based training and leads to a PGCE qualification QTS with 60 Master’s credits. Master’s modules can be completed in the ECT year and act as a bridge into further professional development.

Assessment is both summative and formative during each of three progressive stages, each taking place over a twelve week period. At the end of each stage you will be required to submit a portfolio of evidence which is moderated and validated by school based and university based tutors for Quality Assurance.


We are pleased to say that some of our courses include Government Bursaries of up to £25,000 to help you train. This is on top of student loans which are available to pay the tuition fees of £9,250 and for EU/International students up to £12,500.

Follow this link to download the funding incentives document and visit:


For full details and to check eligibility

Trainer Provider Information


The Alliance does not provide any accommodation for trainees but we are happy to advise new comers to our communities about good places to live and put potential house sharers on the course in touch with each other if they wish.

Child Care Facilities

We have no onsite child care facilities but we are happy to advise trainees about local providers close to our schools, many of which are used by our existing staff.

Disability Access

Disabled access to our schools is good but we ask people to discuss their specific needs with us so we can place trainees at the most suitable school to meet their needs.

Public Transport

The schools in our Alliance are accessible by bus and train services locally. Please check our websites for specific details.

Schools in our Alliance:

Main Site Secondary:

St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form College, Featherstone… www.st-wilfrids.bkcat.co.uk

Contact: Ed Larrington tel: 01977 691000 email: elarrington@st-wilfrids.bkcat.uk

Secondary Schools in the Alliance:

St Thomas a Becket School, Wakefield… https://www.st-thomasabecket.bkcat.co.uk/

Holy Family Catholic High School, Goole… www.holyfamilycarlton.org

Main Site Primary:

St Joseph’s, Castleford… https://www.sjc.bkcat.co.uk/

Contact: Sarah Spencer (Headteacher) tel: 01977 555780 email: Sspencer@sjc.bkcat.co.uk

Primary Schools in the Alliance:

Holy Family & St Michael’s, Pontefract… https://www.hfsm.bkcat.co.uk/

St Joseph’s, Moorthorpe…  https://www.sjm.bkcat.co.uk/

St John’s, Normanton…  https://www.sjb.bkcat.co.uk/

Sacred Heart, Hemsworth…  https://www.sacredheart.bkcat.co.uk/

St Austins’, Wakefield…  https://www.sa.bkcat.co.uk/

St Benedict’s, Garforth…  https://www.sbcps.bkcat.co.uk/

English Martyrs’, Wakefield…  https://www.ems.bkcat.co.uk/

St Ignatius, Ossett…  https://stig.bkcat.co.uk/

St Joseph’s, Pontefract … https://www.sjm.bkcat.co.uk/

St Joseph’s, Goole … www.stjosephscatholicprimarygoole.co.uk

Study Facilities

Trainee teachers will have hub school study days where they will have access to the same facilities in their schools as qualified teachers as well as access to the staff professional development sessions happening for all school staff. They will also have web access to Leeds Trinity University’s Learning Platform for the PGCE and Master’s element of the course and most schools provide web access to their own Learning Platforms and Staff Intranets and email systems to enable working for home for planning lessons and assessing children’s work remotely.

Where to Find Us

The Diocese of Leeds BKCAT main site is located at St Wilfrid’s Catholic High School & Sixth Form College in Featherstone, West Yorkshire. Directions to our Alliance schools can be found on each of their websites which are all linked from www.st-wilfrids.bkcat.co.uk.

Leeds Trinity University is located in Horsforth, Leeds, some of the course is delivered on campus and some is school based to be compliant with DFE ITE requirements.

Training Programme TitleTraining Programme Code
Religious Education2HNJ
Early Years PrimaryL985