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Hungerhill School is the lead school in the Doncaster Partners in Learning Secondary Teaching School ITT Alliance. Our last OFSTED inspection was in October 2012, where we were designated as being outstanding in all areas. In August 2015 we became both a Teaching School and a National Support School. We deliver School Direct as a lead school for The Sheffield SCITT, which is owned and run by Notre Dame High School, Sheffield. We are a dynamic, high-quality teacher training provider and our Initial Teacher Training course offers a Postgraduate Certificate in Education, 60 Master’s level credits together with Qualified Teacher Status.

Our mission is to recruit high quality candidates into teaching and retain them to meet the needs of our locality. Doncaster offers excellent opportunities for teacher training and for a continuing and rewarding career path. Our diverse alliance of schools is extremely experienced and has been involved in delivering high quality teacher-training for many years.

School Direct is an ideal choice for those of you who hope to secure a teaching post in the network of schools where you trained. It is all about training and learning in the very place you will eventually work in; the school itself! You’ll be part of a team from the very start, receiving personalised support from expert teachers and mentors: this means you won’t be thrown in at the deep end but will gradually be able to find your feet in the classroom.

Our programme lasts a year, and you’ll train in at least two good schools. The principles of academic rigour in a School Direct programme are the same as on university-led courses. School Direct courses all result in qualified teacher status (QTS). All this means that school-led courses have very high rates of employment and trainee satisfaction.

With School Direct you’re selected for training by the ITT team at Hungerhill in partnership with the Sheffield SCITT. Choosing a SCITT gives you an alternative route into teacher-training that allows you to be trained by experienced, practising teachers in a school-based setting, as well as completing a University Accredited PGCe.

Our approach is based on what our partnership Headteachers, who lead “good” and “outstanding” schools, are looking for in their Newly Qualified Teachers. They do not require the traditional University based PGCE qualifications (although our course does include Master’s accreditation). Our Headteachers recognise the quality of trainees who have spent the whole year in school, experiencing the full calendar cycle of the school year and being involved in every aspect of the professional teacher’s role in their schools. They find teachers trained this way are better prepared for the rigours of qualified teaching and progress more quickly in their careers in their schools.

At Hungerhill you will experience a high quality, hands-on teacher-training programme, delivered by outstanding, practising teachers, providing you with the best environment in which to train.

Training Team

I have been the Headteacher of Hungerhill School in Doncaster for the last four years. Hungerhill School is a mixed comprehensive (11-16 years) with more than 1100 students. It is a high performing school, having been graded as outstanding in October 2012. The school continues to secure exceptional outcomes with all groups of children making outstanding progress. Last year, the school secured Teaching School as well as National Support School status. Designated as a National Leader of Education and Pupil Premium Reviewer, I also support a number of secondary and primary schools through the Teaching School Alliance, Partners in Learning.

I have held a number of leadership posts in other Local Authorities, including Head of School in an 11-18 Federated Academy and MFL Advisory Teacher in Nottinghamshire Advisory and Inspection Service.

My particular subject expertise is MFL and I worked for many years as a Specialist Lecturer on the ITT course at the University of Nottingham.

“No education system can be better than its teachers.” We need to find the best teachers, invest heavily in their training and ensure they have the right conditions to flourish. Hungerhill ITT provision embodies the very essence of what makes great teachers. Led by outstanding practitioners and informed by the latest classroom-based research, we guarantee that our student teachers will be given opportunities to meet the highest of expectations. Our philosophy is to be the best you have to provide the best!

It is my firm belief that teaching and learning should drive school improvement and that, through collaboration, we can enhance the quality of provision for all students across Doncaster. In my role as Director of Teaching School, I am working with a diverse range of schools from all phases, to develop a school-led support system which improves outcomes for all children.

My previous roles as Advanced Skills Teacher and Assistant Headteacher for Teaching and Learning have allowed me to contribute towards the outstanding judgement that Hungerhill received in in October 2012. Since then, I have been heavily involved in working across a number of local schools in developing aspects of teaching and learning and system leadership.

From 2009-2013 I was the ITT/NQT coordinator at Hungerhill and now I am leading the planning and delivery of the central training programme. This is a role I am particularly excited by as I value the opportunity to train new teachers and to contribute to the provision of high quality members to the teaching profession. I am passionate about working with trainee teachers who share my vision and ‘want to make a difference’ to young peoples’ lives.

I am in the fortunate position of being a science teacher at Hungerhill, where I have worked for a number of years and have had various job roles in this time. My first leadership experience was as Head of KS3 Science which has given me experience in leadership of curriculum and NQT/RQT development through mentoring and line management. I then became Head of Enrichment which was a brand new initiative at Hungerhill: this gave me the chance to lead my own department and team, whilst still teaching the subject I love. My current role is Assistant Director of Teaching School with specific responsibility for planning and leading our School Direct programme which starts in September 2016.

My biggest passion is raising standards of Teaching and Learning. I am highly motivated to help drive change and improve standards in Doncaster schools as well as my own, so that all Doncaster pupils enjoy and benefit from the same high-quality education. I believe that recruiting and training ITT students can be a big driver in improving standards of education: our aim is to develop high quality and highly motivated new teachers, who are ready for the challenges which are inherent in teaching.

I was fortunate to have outstanding training as an ITT student myself and working at Hungerhill School has built on this – I have seen and benefitted from observing and working with the high quality teachers and professionals who are the backbone of the school. This is why I strongly believe that trainees would flourish in the environment we can provide and will go from strength to strength through the support we offer.

I am currently Assistant Headteacher at Hungerhill School and have been responsible for teaching and learning since 2014. My expertise is improving teachers to secure outstanding provision in the classroom. I have developed a learning culture where teachers constantly challenge students with the very highest expectations, monitor progress and secure outstanding outcomes. I have had the opportunity to work across a number of local schools, in developing aspects of teaching and learning and system leadership. An exciting part of my role has been developing outstanding provision for ITT, NQT and RQTs. I lead by example and have consistently secured outstanding outcomes for the students I teach.  Prior to commencing this post I was the curriculum leader of ICT and Business Studies. During this period, the department celebrated some of the highest results in the school for four consecutive years which significantly contributed towards whole school progress measures.

I joined Hungerhill School as the Curriculum Coordinator for Mathematics. I spent just over three years in this role, supporting the Joint Leaders of mathematics before spending a period of time as a joint leader of the subject. During my time at Hungerhill I have been lucky enough to work in a very successful department, consistently achieving strong GCSE results. I have had a variety of responsibilities in these roles within the department. These include: organising intervention throughout the key stages; transition from pyramid schools; line managing and coaching staff and updating resources to name a few.

I thoroughly enjoyed my time as both the curriculum coordinator and the curriculum leader for maths, but I knew that I had a greater desire to work on teaching and learning, particularly in helping other members of staff fulfil their potential. Alongside my previous roles I dedicated a lot of time to teaching and learning, particularly in training both new and existing staff. I have successfully mentored trainee teachers, which led to me becoming a lead mentor; helping other mentors across the school. I have helped to deliver the NQT and ITT training sessions, as well as working as an induction tutor. These positions have meant that I have seen our members of staff move from to strength to strength.

Working with other members of staff hasn’t been restricted to just our school. I have also been asked to work in other secondary schools. On one occasion I worked with three NQTs at a local secondary school to ensure that they have the support in place to adapt to their new roles. Two of those members of staff went on to secure responsibilities the following year. In addition to this, I have also worked with whole departments on ensuring that they are up to date on the latest curriculum changes. I am fortunate to say that this has led to me becoming Director of Research and Development. A very exciting role that means that I can continue to work with trainees, new members of staff and existing members of staff to support in the development of their teaching practice.

I joined Hungerhill School as a physical education teacher back in 2010 and I’ve held various roles across the school since then. My desire to reach the highest standards in education has always been present, in addition providing a supportive and opportunistic environment in which pupils can flourish has been equally important to me. As such, I soon took up a role as ‘Head of Year’ and I’ve remained part of the schools’ pupil support team ever since, now as an Achievement Leader in Key Stage 4. In recent years I’ve taken a leading role in the development of teaching and learning across the borough, leading numerous cohorts through our Developing Effective Teachers (DET) Improving Teacher Programme (ITP) and Outstanding Teacher Programme (OTP). As a Lead Mentor I have the fortunate opportunity to work closely with colleagues entering the profession, offering a level of support and guidance to schools, mentors and trainees.

As a Teacher who is a product of an outstanding training provision in Doncaster, I’m passionate about playing my part in the training experience of future teachers. The opportunity to work with training teachers is a fantastic one, and as a Lead Mentor it’s a great privilege to see their development into highly effective practitioners who are ready to impact positively on the education of Doncaster pupils.

Partner Schools

Sir Thomas Wharton Community College

Tait Avenue, Edlington, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN12 1HH

Sir Thomas Wharton Academy is a Co-operative Academy with 900 students aged 11-19. We are situated on a pleasant site on the edge of Edlington village, adjacent to open countryside and bordered to the east by protected ancient woodland.

The Sir Thomas Wharton Way is to provide a personalised education in a safe environment promoting self-discipline, motivation and excellence in learning, through which we will develop together as life-long learners and socially responsible citizens. From this comes our College Motto: Learning for Life – Succeeding Together.

STWA has a track record of providing trainee teachers with the highest quality training and support. Our program was rated as Outstanding by Sheffield Hallam University and our trainees have gone on to be successful NQTs in our school and beyond. STWCC also provide training Doncaster-wide through the ITT partnership.

South Axholme Academy

Burnham Road, Epworth, Doncaster, South Yorkshire, DN9 1BY

South Axholme Academy is situated in the heart of the thriving market town of Epworth with easy access to Doncaster, Gainsborough and Scunthorpe. The Academy attracts students from the Isle of Axholme, South Yorkshire and North Nottinghamshire and has served these communities since 1961. The Academy is set in pleasant grounds occupying a quiet, rural position including playing fields and games areas which extend to nearly fifteen acres.

South Axholme School was established in 1961. Since then the school has been extended and is currently able to cater for approximately 930 students. In 2012 South Axholme Community School converted to South Axholme Academy. In the summer of 2013, South Axholme Academy became the lead in a small multi-academy trust, Isle Education Trust. Isle Education Trust now comprises South Axholme Academy, Epworth Primary Academy and Coritani Academy. In September 2015, the Academy opened its Sixth Form, offering education to students from 11 to 18 for the first time in its history.

The Academy’s success is built upon its emphasis on both high standards and care for the individual. We aim to offer a safe, exciting and friendly base from which to explore the world. We recognise that all students are different and it is our aim to give each student that which is best suited for his or her individual needs: academic, creative, sporting or social.

South Axholme Academy is committed to training the teachers and professionals of tomorrow. As well as working with Hungerhill ITT, the academy is a leading partner in North Lincolnshire SCITT programme and has formal links with Sheffield Hallam, Lincoln Bishop Grosseteste and Hull University.

Beverley Grammar School

Queensgate, Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, HU17 8NF

Beverley Grammar School is a single sex 11-18 school in East Yorkshire near to Hull. The school serves the community of Beverley and surrounding villages. The school was rated good at the last inspection. The school is looking to become outstanding at the next inspection based on the progress made by boys at the school. The school’s training and CPD programme was highlighted at the last inspection as highly effective, which would benefit ITT students greatly.