St Mary’s College School Direct Primary Partnership (with Hull SCITT)
Primary (Early Years) – Foundation Stage/Key Stage 1 (Ages 3 – 7)
Primary (General) – Key Stage 1 and 2 (Ages 5 – 11)
St Mary’s College School Direct Primary QTS programmes are school-based, professionally-oriented courses that will provide you with excellent training and future career prospects.
The programmes are coordinated by St Mary’s College, an outstanding Catholic secondary school with National Support School (NSS) and Teaching School status, together with its academy trust partner Catholic primary schools in Hull. The eight Catholic schools in the trust are collectively known as St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy Trust.
Our primary QTS training courses are delivered in conjunction with, and accredited by, Hull SCITT and include the option to achieve the Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE, Masters Level 7) from the University of Hull. Our programmes draw together leading primary practitioners from across the city to lead subject specialist training and school-based mentoring.
The school-centred nature of the training programme means you will be based in two different Catholic primary schools within St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy Trust for the full academic year. Your school placements will provide variety of experience and teaching practice, build your confidence and classroom excellence and will equip you well for the reality of your NQT year.
Throughout both school placements you will be strongly supported by St Mary’s College, Hull SCITT tutors and school-based mentors.
St Cuthbert’s Catholic Academy Trust:
St Thomas More RC Primary School
We are a happy and friendly Roman Catholic Primary school in the west of Hull, catering for children in our local area and from the west Hull parishes of St Joseph’s, Corpus Christi and St Wilfred’s. We are also the Parish school for Our Lady of Lourdes Parish in Hessle. Our core aim is to provide the very best education we can within the Catholic ethos of our school.
The school is of average size, with 165 pupils currently on roll. The children are between the ages of 3 and 11 years old and are taught in single class year groups from Nursery to Year 6. The school also has a 26 place nursery provision.
St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School
Our mission statement can be summed up in three simple words. Live, learn and serve. At our school, we strive to ensure that everyone lives life to the full that we try to equip our children with the skills they need to be the best they can be. Learning is at the heart of everything we do. We know children learn in lots of different ways and we plan our curriculum to make sure learning is fun. Music and sport is really important to us as are the highest academic standards. We work in partnership with our parents so everyone reaches for the stars.
As a Christian community, we serve others as Jesus served. Our school makes sure that children learn how to work, play and pray together. We look for every opportunity to make our school, local area and world a better place for everyone.
St Vincent’s V.C. Academy
St Vincent’s Voluntary Catholic Academy lies at the heart of the parish community. We aim to provide a caring, Catholic ethos for our children and in this the school enjoys support from the church and wider community. We believe that with parents and parish we can provide a sound education for our children, helping all to achieve their personal best.
Our school community is built upon the Gospel values of love, kindness, charity and forgiveness. We strive to witness the mission of Jesus Christ and bring the joy of His Good News to all. The motto of our patron saint permeates all we do: ‘Kindness is the key to all hearts’. St Vincent’s VC Academy is part of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Middlesbrough and works as a special community within the St Cuthbert’s Multi Academy Trust to:
- develop Catholic teaching, traditions and liturgical practice
- deepen and advance the Christian commitment of those entrusted to its care.
The school supports the Government’s aim to ensure that every child has the right to fulfil their potential. We aim to implement the outcomes of the ‘Every Child Matters’ strategy by recognising that all children have the right to be healthy, safe, to achieve and to make a positive contribution to the community and to their own economic well-being.
Endsleigh Holy Child V.C. Academy
Endsleigh Holy Child Voluntary Catholic Academy (part of the St Cuthbert’s RC Academy Trust) has approximately 290 pupils in full time education, and 26 pupils in the part-time nursery. Our mission is to build a learning and faith community rooted in the teachings of the Gospels and supported by the doctrines and traditions of the Catholic Faith. We believe in developing a balanced curriculum that enables everyone to achieve their full potential, both academically and in their own personal and spiritual development. Through working closely with children, parents and the church community, we are able to encourage the development of every individual and support parents in their role as primary educators.
St Charles RC Primary School
We are very keen to welcome School Direct candidates to St Charles RC Primary School in Hull. Our school has always striven for the highest quality in delivering success to its pupils. We see our school as a place not only as a means to learning about facts, figures, and different skills but primarily as a shared learning community. We value and look after the needs of every child and strive to make sure that all of our pupils enjoy their time here. It’s a place to grow in friendship and life learning and when our children leave at the end of year 6 we always hope to send them off being fully equipped to walk well through the rest of their education and life. We encourage you to look at our website so that you can get a real flavour of our school.
St Mary Queen of Martyrs RC Voluntary Academy
St Mary Queen of Martyrs RC Voluntary Academy offers a warm welcome to all prospective School Direct candidates in the city of Hull. We’re a forward thinking, harmonious school with high educational achievement. Our hardworking staff create a happy, vibrant learning environment where the children are eager to achieve their true potential. We have had many years experience of training ITT students to the highest level and have several trained ITT mentors. Many of our past School Direct trainees are now very successful, inspiring teachers teaching at SMQoM or other schools in the city. SMQoM is a very successful school with high standards of teaching, learning, educational achievement and behaviour and we have a committed staff team with high morale and excellent relationships between pupils, parents and the governing body.
St Richard’s V.C. Academy
St Richard’s Voluntary Catholic Academy aims to provide the kind of education which enables each pupil, in accordance with his or her ability, to grow in love and understanding of themselves and others and of God in their lives and to be a responsible citizen.
Within the school there is a welcoming atmosphere, a love of learning, a respect of discipline, an understanding of personal responsibility and an acknowledgement of the part played by family and the Church in each child’s development and an appreciation of their help.
St Richard’s aims to provide an excellent all-round education with an enthusiasm and zest to make our pupils’ school days the best they can possibly be. Our broad and balanced curriculum aims to enrich personal formation and nurture enquiring minds. It promotes knowledge, understanding, skills and values in the context of spiritual, moral, intellectual, physical and social development. The school will endeavour to be an integral part of the local community and will forge links with individuals and groups.
Testimonials from previous Primary School Direct trainees
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time on the School Direct PGCE this year. The Catholic cluster of schools have been very welcoming and accommodating. It has been a very practical hands on approach to teacher training, in which I have picked up lots of useful tips and ideas and then applied them directly into teaching the following week! The course has certainly given me a real insight into the life of a teacher and I have felt very much a part of the schools from day one. I am now looking forward to start working in St Charles school where I have obtained a teaching post from September. CG
Primary School Direct Hull has given me a holistic experience as a training teacher; it has helped me to become part of a school team specifically within a Catholic Primary School. Being based in a school full time has ensured that I have observed examples of good practice and have worked alongside positive role models. Weekly training sessions include travelling around the Hull and East Riding Catholic schools and I have built up a network of support and friendly faces; there is always someone there for support and to give guidance. Experts throughout these schools have provided me with hands-on practical training, high-quality teaching practice and valuable advice. Professional studies sessions are run alongside to ensure all theory and background knowledge are included and covered. I have taught across both Key Stage One and Two giving me a range of experiences and excellent professional development within the school. The course is a brilliant opportunity and definitely worth all the hard work. KB
The School Direct Primary Education is a fantastic way to enter the teaching profession. From the very first day you are made to feel welcome in your placement school and get firsthand experience of the daily routines of school life. This provides solid foundations for you to feel equipped to be a successful teacher in the future. The partnership schools are all extremely welcoming and have provided the opportunity to draw on a wealth of different expertise that has enriched our teaching practice through their weekly subject knowledge inputs. This allows you to apply the training you have received straight away which is extremely beneficial to your own teaching development. I could not rate this course more highly for anyone wanting to enter the teaching profession. DF
The PGCE School Direct programme is an excellent course that introduced me to the world of teaching. St Mary’s College and the family of Catholic Primary Schools in Hull have provided me with high quality training. I received professional support from my mentors and classroom teachers who were always there to help me. The PGCE course is demanding but very rewarding. Unlike university-based training, School Direct provides continuity of teaching at school. This fully prepares Newly Qualified Teachers for their future work. NR
The School Direct programme offers students the unique opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a classroom environment; something that is highly beneficial during training but also when it comes to job prospects towards the end of the course. In addition to gaining this valuable insight into schools and how they run on a daily basis there is also the chance to learn from experienced teachers and meet head teachers and senior leaders. CS