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WOOD GREEN ITT ALLIANCE School Direct Courses 2021-22

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For enquiries, email: The Wood Green ITT Alliance administrator: Miss R Johnson

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Wood Green Academy is the Lead School of the Wood Green ITT Alliance. We have an extensive proven track record in training students to become outstanding teachers.  Our main ITT pathway is the School Direct with QTS & PGCE route with in excess of 90 places advertised in 17 different curriculum areas across the Wood Green ITT Alliance for 2021-22.   It has always been our philosophy as a Lead School to give teacher training applicants the opportunity to specifically apply for the training school/campus of their choice; you are therefore able, from the start, to select your preferred training school. It is our belief that the opportunity to mutually assess both enhances the training experience and produces the best outcomes.

The Academy has a long standing reputation for achieving some of the best GCSE and Post 16 results in the local area, and in February 2020, under the new Ofsted framework, achieved an overall effectiveness rating of good. Furthermore, it is only one of a small number of secondary schools nationally that achieved the grade of outstanding for behaviour and attitudes, something we are extremely proud of.

Our subject mentors are extremely committed to your development and their vast experience will guide you to success.

Wood Green ITT Alliance school direct trainees, as well as being able to select the school they will train at,  will benefit from a precious extra layer of support compared to core PGCE trainees. Our Alliance of schools enables more convenient arrangements for second school placements too and greater opportunities for employment after the completion of your training.

Our strategic partner is the University of Wolverhampton

Our partnership with the University of Wolverhampton is very well established and we are their flag ship Lead school for the School Direct Secondary Route. As such, we play a very important part in many aspects of their ITE programme. Our close geographical proximity facilitates a well-balanced training experience. Our teaching staff also work with the university to provide teacher subject specialism training.  In addition, our partnership provides opportunities for early career development.

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King's CE School

The King's CE School has a strong vision and clear values, guided by a deeply rooted church school ethos. We are an extremely friendly and supportive school with an excellent team of staff where positive relationships, built upon empathy, respect, responsibility and forgiveness, underpin all areas of school life. We are a school where pupils and staff are given the confidence and capacity to flourish in a multi-faith community because of our distinctively Christian values.

The King’s CE School is an exciting and inspirational place to work and study. We pride ourselves on our commitment to working with and developing the next generation of teachers and have forged strong links with a number of ITT providers including Wolverhampton University and Birmingham City University.

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St Francis of Assisi Catholic College

As a faith community, we have high expectations for all of our students. Our motto is “Nil satis optimum”, only the best is good enough. Students and staff alike, take a great pride in their school work. Our patron saint, St Francis of Assisi, tells us to start by doing what is necessary, then what is possible and suddenly we are doing the impossible. This is exemplified by all we say and do in our lessons and within the school community.

We work together to encourage our young people to be proactive and have a voice in our community.  We respect and value every individual and celebrate their uniqueness and their personal contribution to our school. This is an ideal setting for trainee teachers to develop and thrive.

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For 2020-21 our partner schools are:

Ormiston SWB Academy



This ultra-modern Academy is a rapidly improving 11-18 school where teaching and learning is at the centre of raising standards for students.

A wide range of ICT equipment is available for staff to use to secure outstanding learning for students. We are an exciting and vibrant place to learn both for students and teachers. We value professional development and provide a range of opportunities to learn and develop teaching and learning, both within and beyond the Academy. 

We are fully committed to supporting the development of the next generation of teachers, ensuring that we have an appropriate induction programme in place and that new teachers are fully supported into the profession. We have a range of development opportunities available including dedicated department CPD, weekly training dedicated to new teachers and lunch time teaching and learning sessions where staff get more opportunity to work with colleagues outside of their subject department to share best practice. 

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Pool Hayes

Pool Hayes Academy, part of the Academy Transformation Trust, is a rapidly developing 11 -18 school full of talent, energy and motivation. We have a strong track record of nurturing talented staff and supporting colleagues who are new to the profession.

Last year, we supported 4 people in a range of subjects successfully through their Initial Teacher Training and are pleased to say that all of these have joined us again this year to complete their NQT year.

The Academy has a strong belief in developing the potential of pupils and staff and believes that involvement in ITT encourages reflective practice and opens professional dialogue so benefitting all those involved. We have trained subject and professional mentors and we invest heavily in CPD for all our staff.

The Academy is on a fast trajectory to Outstanding and all staff, no matter their experience, will be supported in achieving this goal.

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Wodensborough Ormiston Academy

Wodensborough Ormiston Academy (WOA) is an 11-16 sponsored academy; originally formed in 1968 by the amalgamation of three local schools. Discipline, attendance and punctuality matter and our students are expected to play a part in their own future through organisation and commitment to learning. Wodensborough became an academy in 2013 and is now part of the successful Ormiston Academies Trust network. This has helped us build on the existing good practice and will support our journey to the next level. 

WOA is committed to the professional and personal development of every member of staff. Through the provision of tailored weekly training sessions and identified external resources, we aim to provide the best in learning opportunities based upon an on-going reflective process, enabling all members of staff to develop as professionals and thereby continually improve their performance. We have developed an excellent reputation for developing both NQT and ITT mentoring, validated through Ofsted inspections of a training provider. 

We take pride in developing networks and maximising opportunities for all our students and staff.

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S Peter’s Collegiate


S Peter’s Collegiate School is a Church of England 11-18 Converter Academy, which was founded in 1844. Teaching and Learning is at the heart of our work in the academy – as a trainee teacher you will take part in our Monday morning sharing good practice briefings, our regular Thursday meeting and CPD schedule as well as bespoke CPD on Wednesdays for targeted groups of teachers. We have a half termly Teach Meet which you will be able to join – this is a forum for members of staff to share new ideas and to discuss pedagogies. 

We have been working with student teachers for many years and have a wealth of experience which we are ready to share with new trainees. Our subject mentors have close links with the universities they work with and are highly skilled in providing support as well as challenge which will allow you to grow into the best teacher you can be. 

We work closely with the Universities of Birmingham and Wolverhampton – planning and delivering serial placements for UoB students as well as being a part of Wolverhampton University’s NPQ programme. 

The ethos of the school is rooted in Christian values – creating a culture of support and respect. 

We are excited at the prospect of working with more trainee teachers, taking our responsibility for the future of education very seriously.

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Burton Borough School

Burton Borough School is an inclusive school with a firm belief that all students, no matter what their background, needs or ability are able to succeed and reach their full potential.

We work very closely with our Local Authority (Telford and Wrekin) and all of the secondary, primary and alternative provision schools in the area. Our principal is leading work with primary feeder schools, with particular focus on students who need to overcome barriers to learning or who are disadvantaged. Mental Health and Wellbeing are also extremely important to us and many schools have visited to see the excellent work we do to support both staff and students.

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University of Birmingham

For the School Direct PGDipEd course our strategic partner is the University of Birmingham

Our partnership with the University of Birmingham is long standing with many years of collaboration especially in Mathematics. The close geographical proximity and differing strengths of Wood Green Academy and Queen Mary’s Grammar School together with the highly recognised academia of the University of Birmingham makes this partnership extremely attractive to Mathematics, Biology, History and Geography graduates.

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Queen Mary’s Grammar School

Queen Mary’s Grammar School is an Ofsted outstanding selective boys’ school which is co-educational in the 6th form and has 1090 pupils on roll.

It is one of the oldest schools in the country, founded in 1554 in Walsall. In 2018, QMGS became a founder member of the Mercian multi-academy trust along with four other Walsall schools. The four pillars of QMGS are ‘Academic in Purpose’, ‘International in Outlook’, ‘Generous in Approach’ and ‘Enterprising in Spirit’, and life at the school reflects these characteristics equally, along with adherence to the QMGS Pastoral Charter. Last year we helped over 10 students through their initial teacher training in a range of subjects and benefit from a number of fully trained and engaged subject mentors. We value developing our staff and invest heavily in many CPD programmes.

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