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Teacher Training

At St Hugh’s, we pride ourselves on our track record for supporting prospective and training teachers. With experience of a range of initial teacher training routes, and strong links with our partners, we aim to provide a tailored training programme which ensures that our teachers achieve their full potential.

Through our links with Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance (TVTSA), we are able to offer a range of School Direct places for 2016/17.

In addition to this, we provide opportunities for Teach First trainees in partnership with the University of Nottingham and are incredibly proud of our track record in supporting participants as they embark on their careers in teaching.

Equally, our work with both Nottingham Trent University and the University of Nottingham allows us to host PGCE students across the curriculum as they undertake their school experience placements.

We value these opportunities to support training teachers and also to develop our own staff through the mentoring of others.

For those considering a career in teaching, we are able to offer School Experience Days across the curriculum.   If you would like to discuss any of these opportunities further, please do not hesitate to contact us.

School Direct

School Direct offers an employment based route into teaching. Courses generally last one year and can take a salaried or fee paying route. The premise of School Direct is that you will train in the school or group of schools in which you will ultimately work.

The School Direct route offers the opportunity to hone your skills in the classroom whilst also undertaking the academic theory-based training required to achieve QTS. Trainees are well-supported in-house by a dedicated mentor and by an accredited teacher training institution.  In 2017/18, we have opportunities in the following subjects:

  • Art
  • Computer Science
  • Dance
  • English
  • Food Technology
  • French
  • Maths
  • Music

To apply and find out more information please click on the following links:

Get into Teaching

Trent Valley Teaching School Alliance

Alternatively, if you would like to discuss these opportunities in person, please contact Karen Hann at the academy on 01476 405200 or by email to

School Experience

School Experience visits can be arranged by contacting Karen Hann on 01476 405200 or by email to, or by visiting the School Experience Programme website.

In addition, we would be happy to host trainees on placements from any training programme.  

Teach First

We partner with Teach First; an education charity working to tackle educational inequality. Teach First train and support people with leadership potential to become inspirational teachers in Early Years settings, and primary and secondary schools in low-income communities. These teachers work with and learn from existing staff to increase the attainment and aspirations of pupils and their access to higher education and employment.

In partnership with Teach First and The University of Nottingham we offer places on the Teach First programme to high calibre graduates seeking to ensure that all pupils make expected progress regardless of their background.

Trainees join a Leadership Development Programme, embarking on two years of teaching in school where they will complete 13 months of initial teacher training in order to achieve their PGCE and a further NQT year thereafter.

Thus far, our third cohort of participants have completed their ITT and are now successfully undertaking their NQT year supported by our academy NQT Co-ordinator. Current first year participants are supported by a subject mentor in school, who monitors their progress and supports them in developing their pedagogy and practice.

We have been delighted with the successes of the programme at The West Grantham Academy St Hugh’s and are keen to continue our partnership with Teach First and The University of Nottingham ensuring talented trainees are well supported and committed to improving the opportunities for our pupils.

The provision is overseen at academy level by Kirsty Kuffour, Deputy Headteacher.  For more information please contact us on 01476 405200 or follow the links below:


Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT)

Our NQTs can look forward to a wealth of support both in and out of school through our close links with the Nottinghamshire County Council and TVTSA.  The package of support incorporates a dedicated mentor to support the development of your classroom practice from induction to final assessment and six days of support across the academic year via the Early Career Development Programme.

Useful contacts:

Kirsty Kuffour  Deputy Headteacher
Ruth Allery   NQT Induction Co-ordinator
Karen Hann Personnel Administrator