Initial Teacher Training

The Orchard Teaching & Learning Hub

The Orchard Teaching and Learning Hub
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 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 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

Application Codes
Primary PGCE - 2PTK

How to apply 
Applications can now be submitted via the below link to create your account and start the application process.