Minsthorpe Community College,
Training and Conference Centre,
Minsthorpe Lane,
South Elmsall, Pontefract,

Telephone: 01977 657604


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The YTCA SCITT is a teacher training provider across a partnership of schools in Yorkshire (Yorkshire Three Counties Alliance) that was established and accredited in 2014.

According to Educationalist McKinsey:

“The quality of a school system cannot exceed the quality of its teachers!”

(How the world’s best performing school systems come out on top, 2007)

The SCITT believes that all students in all of their schools have a right to the best education and learning opportunities through being taught by outstanding teachers.

Their vision is therefore to ensure the best possible education for young people in Yorkshire schools through their collective passion for Initial Teacher Training.

The SCITT is designed to improve the quality of teachers entering the profession to enrich the sector and to deliver a quality of teacher recruitment which will drive forward an enhanced model of school improvement across our Alliance.

It has never been more important for schools to deliver quality teaching and learning that can positively respond to the varied needs of society as a whole. There is also no better time to train to become a teacher. The huge numbers of pathways into teaching are enticing and the SCITT is delighted to invite trainees to begin their journey into a profession that demands much but offers plenty to those who will show them they have what it takes to deliver quality teaching and learning.

The SCITT sets and demonstrates high standards of initial teacher education and has a wealth of experience using Partner Schools that have an excellent record of securing employment for trainees at the end of their training. Every school has a passion for Initial Teacher Training and professional development for teachers. They are in a strong position to deliver a unique experience of professional learning and development, each providing a unique and outstanding experience within the field of educational pedagogy, exemplifying the dynamic nature of learning and teaching today.

Furthermore, another key partner is Sheffield Hallam University who bring their wealth of expertise to the programme and are the provider for the PGCE element of the ITT route to QTS.

All teachers who qualify through the YTCA SCITT will become reflective, inspirational and continuously developing practitioners whose impact on learners is significant.

We strive for excellence and are achieving this in the following ways:

  • Select trainees with the potential to be outstanding teachers;
  • Provide a challenging, stimulating and inspirational teacher training programme which is run by expert practitioners from our partnership;
  • Support our new trainees to work at Masters Level for a PGCE, gaining credits towards Masters degrees;
  • Working with partners and Placement Providers who are committed to providing a warm, welcoming, encouraging and professional learning environment for all;
  • Prepare trainees for future leadership roles within the teaching profession and education sector.


What we offer?

School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Programme (Primary/Secondary QTS & PGCE)
On our one-year long ITT route through which we have now qualified over 100 teachers since 2014, the significant practice-based element works alongside high quality ‘core content’ which supports trainees to engage with educational theory and subject-specific knowledge and pedagogy to create the best possible learning and teaching opportunities for their students. Successful applicants to this route to QTS enjoy an exciting and fulfilling year through the many opportunities and rewarding challenges that the programme offers.

Assessment Only route to QTS
The Assessment Only route to QTS is for candidates who have substantial teaching experience which enables them to already be able to demonstrate that they meet the Teachers’ Standards at a high level but who do not need the additional training that our ITT route offers.

Training Team

Having started teaching with the Teach First programme as an ICT teacher at Hinde House School in 2009, Rebecca transferred to become a teacher of maths and started working with trainees in 2011. Since then, she has worked extensively in various teacher training roles across a number of schools in the Brigantia Trust, as well as developing mentor training in-house and at Sheffield Hallam University. She is a Specialist Leader of Education for ITT and NQT for Learners First, and an academic tutor on the Sheffield Hallam University Open Online Course “Enhance your mentoring skills”.

Rebecca joined the SCITT as Programmes Lead in April 2018. She has a real passion for supporting trainee teacher development, and believes that training should be done collaboratively with trainees not to them, and that everyone should be a lifelong learner. She is excited about leading, coordinating and delivering high-quality training which will support the development of the next generation of exceptional teachers who ensure that every child gets the best possible education and reaches their full potential.

From 1994 – 2014, Julie worked as Adult and Community Education co-ordinator at Minsthorpe Community College organising, planning and co-ordinating accredited and unaccredited courses on and off site for  mature students.

She then became the SCITT Administrator in December 2014 and is the font of all knowledge! She takes care of the NCTL Data Management Service, UCAS, document checks, DBS certificates and much more!

Julie also manages and runs the Training and Conference Centre (the SCITT hub)

Partner Schools

Minsthorpe Academy Trust
Minsthorpe Lane, South Elmsall, West Yorkshire, WF9 2UJ

The Lead School for the SCITT

An Ofsted graded ‘Good’ school in May 2018, Minsthorpe is a vibrant Community College with Science Specialist and Academy Status.

As a College at the heart of the community it serves, its aim is to raise the expectations and achievements of all learners and by doing this play a leading and proactive role in the local area. Minsthorpe Community College’s mission is to change for the better the lives and life chances of all members of our community. In order to achieve this they are committed to the achievement of rapid educational transformation within the college through the development of outstanding practice based upon sustainable collaboration.

It has a wealth of expertise amongst its staff, who are engaged each year in action research which drives excellent teaching and learning. It is their belief that all teachers should be enquiring and reflective practitioners who strive to deliver quality teaching which supports students towards success.

The Dearne ALC
Goldthorpe Road, Goldthorpe, Rotherham, S63 9EW

The Dearne ALC is a vibrant 11-16 comprehensive school based just off the A1 near to Barnsley. They moved into a £30m building in January 2011 and are rightly proud of their state of the art IT facilities and infrastructure.

The Dearne has created a learning environment where young people thrive and move on to increasingly ambitious futures. Their relentless pursuit of high quality educational experiences for children underpin a moral purpose to which all Dearne adults commit. In short, a school of choice for students, their families and other adults wanting to work with them – a happy place to be.

Their core vision is that every Dearne student, no matter what their ability or circumstance, will be developed as an individual during their time at the school and so have the highest aspirations for their own future. They have developed a positive and well respected reputation for improving the life chances for children who come from some of the most traditionally disadvantaged ex-mining communities in the north of England. Inclusive and unwavering in their approach, their core mission is to ensure they eradicate for their students the blocks and barriers which have historically linked poverty and academic underperformance.

The Dearne is therefore a school ‘where great things happen’ (OFSTED 2014), where students and staff create inspirational and ambitious learning opportunities, where excellent leaders strive for greater success and parents and carers support the children of The Dearne to excel.

The Snaith School
Pontefract Road, Snaith, Goole, DN14 9LB

The Snaith School are incredibly proud of their reputation for academic excellence and first class pastoral care. Their pupils are happy, well-mannered and proud of their school. With the help of a dedicated team of staff and partnership with parents/carers, The Snaith School pupils push themselves to achieve their very best and are rewarded for their effort. Their success is also reflected in the school’s superb examination results year after year.

The Snaith School staff are highly committed and strive to provide an exceptional educational and all-encompassing experience for all pupils, so that they are enabled to enjoy life, grasp the opportunities it offers and be equipped to meet the complex challenges of the 21st century. They encourage our pupils to grow and develop emotionally, to be able to understand and respect themselves and fully engage and interact with those around them.

The Snaith School aims to ensure that their pupils look back at their time with them as the best years of their lives. They strongly believe that learning doesn’t just take place in the classroom and they pride themselves on offering so much more. Their provision of extra-curricular activities, trips, competitions and productions is second to none. There really is something for everyone.

The King’s School
Mill Hill Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4JF

The King’s School is one of eight schools within the local, distinctive and inclusive academy schools known as the Pontefract Academies Trust. The King’s School is a happy and successful 11-16 school where all students are valued, regardless of their background or ability. They are very proud of our school and in June 2017 The King’s School was judged as a ‘good’ school.

Their distinctive ethos combines high expectations and high standards in all aspects of school life with a strong sense of kindness, inclusivity and enjoyment. They deliver a traditional curriculum and provide an extensive extra-curricular programme. The King’s School’s primary focus is to instil a lifelong love of learning, and to encourage all students to be confident, hard-working and ambitious. They want every student to leave school able to live a life full of opportunity and choice.

Their ethos is summarised by the words ‘Success for All’ and they take great pride in the high standards achieved by our students. They leave us as happy, well-qualified, confident and well-motivated young adults who go on to excel in local sixth-forms, colleges, universities and the wider world.

Thornhill Community Academy
Valley Drive, Thornhill, Dewsbury WF12 0HE

Thornhill is a thriving 11-16 Academy which sits at the heart of its community. As an Academy they value their students, staff and community, celebrate diversity and promote inclusion.

Their mission is to ensure that all students, no matter what their background or circumstance, receive the best education possible that facilitates them to achieve their full potential in a safe, stimulating, aspirational and purposeful environment. Their students gain the skills, knowledge, experience and qualifications they need to lead happy and successful lives.

Thornhill Community Academy has a real commitment to the community they serve. They promote fairness, cohesion, cooperation and community spirit in all that they do.