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Initial Teacher Training

What is School Direct?


School Direct is an employment based Initial Teacher Training Programme.


Tall Oaks Academy Trust works in partnership with Bishop Grosseteste University to offer high quality teacher training to graduates. All graduates can apply for this fee-paying route and it is funded through tuition fees. You may be eligible for a bursary.


We are working with a number of partner schools across Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire to provide student teachers with a broad and diverse range of school experiences.


Schools we are working with are:


  • Blyton Cum Laughton CofE Primary School, Gainsborough (lead school)


  • Castle Wood Academy, Gainsborough


  • White's Wood Academy, Gainsborough


  • Mercer's Wood Academy, Gainsborough


  • Corringham CofE Primary School


  • Hemswell Cliff Primary School


  • Warren Wood Specialist Academy, Gainsborough


  • Bishop King CofE Primary School, Lincoln


  • Gainsborough Nursery


  • Queen Elizabeth High School, Gainsborough


  • The Gainsborough Academy


Successful completion of training will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Why train with us?


We offer our School Direct teacher training across our friendly and supportive Multi-Academy Trust, which comprises a two form entry junior school, a one form entry primary school and a growing two form entry primary school. All of our schools are situated in Gainsborough, where we are passionate about raising standards of education for pupils. We also work with other local schools to ensure that our trainees receive a rich and broad experience during their training year. All students who train through us will have opportunities to observe Outstanding teaching within our Trust and partner schools.


Tall Oaks Academy Trust has a long-standing relationship with Bishop Grosseteste University, working in partnership to train good and outstanding teachers. Many teachers who have trained with us through Bishop Grosseteste University have gone on to secure teaching jobs within our schools.


We have a dedicated School Direct Lead within our Trust who will liaise with partner schools, organise placements and lead mentor support not only whilst you are training but also into your NQT year.

Fee Paying Placements


All graduates can apply for this route and it is funded through tuition fees. You may also be eligible for a bursary.


Entry requirements


GCSE or equivalent in English, Maths and Science, Grade C or above


Degree qualification of 2:2 or above



UCAS Codes


Primary PGCE - 2PTK


Applications for Year 2020-21 are now closed.

Applications for Year 2021-22 can be submitted from October onwards.

How to Apply


Applications for the Year 2020-21 can be submitted to UCAS from October 2019 using the link below.


UCAS Codes


Primary PGCE - 2PTK


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