Central Team

OTT SCITT is led by a dedicated and friendly central team who ensure that everyone who trains with us gets the very best training and support from the Recruitment and Selection Day at the very start of the process, right through into the early years of their teaching career. We have a vast wealth of experience and expertise that ensures you get the very best advice, support and training at every stage.

Lucy Bentley

SCITT Administrator

Lucy joined the team in November 2022.  Lucy provides support across all areas of the SCITT, with a specific responsibility for finance. She monitors and records absences for our Associate Teachers as well as creating and maintaining google drives and accounts for all those involved in our partnership.

Louise Border

Programme Leader

Louise joined the team in October 2016 and since September 2017 has been a Programme Leader. Louise gained QTS in 2004 and has a background in primary teaching. She has also been a Deputy Head and Inclusion Leader, and her knowledge and experience from these roles is a great asset for our team.

Louise’s Programme Leader role involves leading the development, resourcing and delivery of the OTT SCITT curriculum and to ensure that all Associate Teachers receive a coherent and structured learning experience.

Defne Boya

Deputy Director - Curriculum & Programmes

Defne has been working as part of the SCITT team for ten years, initially as a Programme Leader and Course Trainer and has worked at The Cherwell School in teaching and leadership roles for many years. She holds an MSc in Learning and Teaching from Oxford University and has extensive experience supporting trainee teachers. In 2023 Defne was appointed to the role of Deputy Director,  a role which supports our Director with strategy, development and oversight of all aspects of our curriculum and delivery.

Matthew Coatsworth

Quality Assurance and Safeguarding Officer

Matthew has been a member of the SCITT central team since September 2016, and is one of our SCITT Governors. He leads on the quality assurance of our programmes and has helped to develop systems and processes that support Associate Teachers, School-based Mentors, Senior Links and Visiting Tutors.

Before joining the SCITT team, Matthew spent twenty years working in a range of primary schools in the maintained and independent sectors, including as Headteacher. He now teaches at The Cherwell School, and is particularly interested in the transition from primary to secondary education.  Matthew also presents our regular podcast, listen here

Patrick Garton

SCITT Director

Patrick has been Director of OTT SCITT since it was designated as an ITT provider in 2013.  In more than twenty five years of working in schools he has held a wide range of roles as teacher, Head of Faculty, Headteacher and teacher trainer.  He has taught and led across primary and secondary schools and in every role he has worked with trainee teachers.  He is a trustee and active member of NASBTT (the National Association of School Based Teacher Trainers).

As Director he is responsible for overseeing the day to day workings of the training programmes that we deliver as well as working with the SCITT Accounting Officer and Governing Board to establish the educational vision and values that underpin our work.  He works closely with schools across Oxfordshire and beyond to develop and strengthen the partnerships that are vital to our approach, as well as regularly leading training sessions.

Michelle Gillespie

SCITT Administrator

Michelle joined the team in the autumn of 2019.  Having been aware of the success and reputation of the SCITT through her work at The Cherwell School, she was keen to get involved.  Michelle provides administrative support across all areas of the SCITT, with a particular focus on marketing, events and communication.

Linda Hull

Primary Subject Specialist and Central Trainer

Linda has been a primary teacher and leader in Oxfordshire for 24 years, including a number of years as an Advanced Skills Teacher and nearly 10 years as a Headteacher.  Her enthusiasm and passion for the primary curriculum is boundless, with a background in History and Museum education, many years as a Mathematics Subject Lead and Specialist Teacher and experience in every year group across the primary phase.  Linda joined the SCITT team as Primary Subject Specialist in 2022 and has increased her role to include significant responsibilities in Quality Assurance and Wellbeing too.

Paul James

SCITT Accounting Officer

Paul is Chief Executive Officer of The River Learning Trust, a Multi-Academy Trust responsible for a number of Oxfordshire Schools and The OTT SCITT.  As Accounting Officer, Paul has an overall responsibility for quality and financial regularity and works closely with the Director and Manager to ensure the best provision.

Richard Meadows

Northern Hub Co-ordinator

Richard joined the team as Hub Co-ordinator in 2021 and is responsible for delivering the training at our Northern Hub. When not delivering training for The SCITT, Richard teaches geography and has the role of Professional Tutor at The Warriner School in Bloxham, Banbury.

Helen Jeffries

SCITT Senior Administrator

Helen joined the growing SCITT team in early 2017. Her responsibilities include dealing with applications on the APPLY application system, preparing recruitment and selection documentation and communicating regularly with enquirers, applicants and schools. Helen is also Clerk to the SCITT Governing Body and manages our SCITT library.

Marion Rawlings

Deputy Director - Business & Operations

Marion has been a vital member of the SCITT team since 2013,  having grown the administrative support in OTT SCITT from the beginning of our accreditation as an ITT provider. Her present role involves the operational management of the SCITT, including oversight of all areas of business, finance, communications, marketing, IT, logistics and leadership of the administrative team.

Hazel Waeland

Southern Hub Co-ordinator

Hazel joined the team as Hub Co-ordinator in 2021 and is responsible for delivering the training at our Southern Hub. Hazel also leads the English department at Gillotts School in Henley.