About our initial teacher training


At Ormiston Academies Trust our approach to teacher development is led by The OAKS (our SCITT with Keele University) and our network of regional hubs, including our Norfolk hub, launched in October 2020, and our Suffolk hub, due to launch in September 2021.

The OAKS is an Ofsted outstanding provider of secondary initial teacher training, based at Keele University in Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Staffordshire. Its mission is to nurture future professionals and give back to the local communities through high-quality teacher recruitment, education and retention.

The OAKS is partnered with over 60 secondary education, school placement providers, and utilises many other educational settings that provide additional enrichment experiences for all OAKS trainee teachers.

The OAKS knows that everyone’s journey into teaching is different, and to reflect this the following programmes are offered:

  • PGCE
  • School Direct
  • School Direct Salaried
  • Assessment Only (QTS Only)
  • For more information

    Click here to view The OAKS prospectus.

    If you are interested in training, please visit The OAKS website. This is a great place to start to find out more about The OAKS and contains up-to-date links to the key information needed to start the application process.

    We appreciate that applying to train to teach can be a very stressful process, with many factors to consider. If you required some guidance, please contact one of our fantastic administrators:

  • Kirsty Pickin: [email protected]
  • Kate Brown: [email protected]