What We Are Looking For

We are looking for a number of core characteristics of our applicants which we would look for in your application and on the interview day.

Commitment, Enthusiasm, Passion

A day in teaching has been likened to an actor undertaking five consecutive performances.  It is essential therefore, that prospective candidates have the passion, enthusiasm and energy to inspire the children with whom they work in order to make a difference to their lives.  At the end of your teacher training programme you will not only be a teacher of your subject specialism but a teacher of children.

A True Professional

We are looking for applicants who are willing to make a difference to the lives of the pupils they teach.  This often means working outside the school environment and beyond the traditional end of the school day.

As a trainee you will be working with a variety of stakeholders – from pupils to parents, teachers to peers.

We look for those that can build relationships quickly, valuing and respecting others to get the best out of them.


You will need to be hungry for a challenge, using patience and endless energy to persevere through the difficult times.  When faced with obstacles you will need to be tenacious and versatile and maintain a positive mindset.


The Basingstoke Alliance SCITT together with Dove House Academy (lead school), Solent Academies Trust and its partnership schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expect all trainees and staff to share this commitment.  We will ensure that all our recruitment and selection practices also reflect this commitment and at least one member of the interview panel will be Safer Recruitment trained.  All successful candidates will be subject to Disclosure and Barring Service checks that may also include an online search along with our relevant compliancy checks.