OTT SCITT operates multiple training Hubs across Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire, in order to provide you with a local base for your teacher training programme, with a network of schools, colleagues and peers from around that local area. It is important to us that your training is accessible and personalised and each Hub is led by a dedicated member of our Central Team, and supported by experts from across the region.
When you submit your ITT application through the DfE Apply service you are able to specify which training Hub location would be your preference. If you’re not sure where you will be living during your training, or if you are relocating and do not know which Hub to apply for yet, that is not a problem, as you can select the most likely Hub location and we can amend this at any stage during your application and enrolment with us.
Applying to a Hub means that lots of your in-person course sessions will be based in that chosen Hub location, and your placement schools will be within that region too. There will be a few sessions throughout the year which will require slightly further travel, but by operating the training sessions in multiple Hubs we hope that you will be able to train and develop professional networks in your local area!
Regardless of which Hub you choose, you will receive the same training sessions from expert teachers and practitioners, you will also have the same access to wellbeing and coaching support, as well as support and guidance throughout from the whole of our Central Team. Some of our Hubs are based in Primary schools and some are in secondary schools, but this has no impact on the courses that you can train in at those locations; every Hub is open to applicants in all subjects and phases.
North Oxfordshire Hub: The Warriner School, Banbury Road, Bloxham, OX15 4LJ
For Placement Schools and applicants in areas such as Banbury, Brackley Bicester, Buckingham, Chipping Norton, Southam, Hook Norton, Leamington Spa, Stratford on Avon
Oxford City Hub: The Swan School, Marston Ferry Road, Oxford, OX2 7WP
For Placement Schools and applicants in areas such as Abingdon, Aylesbury, Bicester, Burford, Carterton, Didcot, Eynsham, Faringdon, Kidlington, Oxford, Thame, Wantage, Witney, Woodstock, Wheatley
South Oxfordshire Hub: Gillotts School, Henley-on-Thames, RG9 1PS
For Placement Schools and applicants in areas such as Henley, High Wycombe, Marlow, Wallingford, Watlington
North Wiltshire Hub: Corsham Primary School (Broadwood Site) Broadwood Avenue, Rudloe, Wiltshire, SN13 0LX
For Placement Schools and applicants in areas such as Bath, Calne, Chippenham, Corsham, Devizes, Frome, Malmesbury, Marlborough, Melksham, Royal Wootton Bassett, Swindon
For Placement Schools and applicants in areas such as Amesbury, Blandford Forum, Bournemouth, Ringwood, Salisbury, Shaftesbury, Warminster, Winchester
The Downland Alliance/ West Berkshire Hub: The Downs School, Compton, Newbury, Berkshire, RG20 6AD
For Placement Schools and applicants in areas such as Andover, Basingstoke, Compton, Didcot, Faringdon, Marlborough, Newbury, Swindon, Thatcham, Wantage
East Berkshire Hub: King’s Academy, St. Georges Park, Binfield, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG42 4FS
For Placement Schools and applicants in areas such as Binfield, Bracknell, Farnham, Guildford, Maidenhead, Pangbourne, Reading, Slough, Wokingham
Please see the map below for a guide of the areas our Hubs operate in, the marker shows the Hub location and the coloured circle is a guide to the general locations of our applicants and our placement schools. There may be some crossover in parts of the county and there also may be some placement schools on the fringes of these areas but it should give you an idea of where we based.
For all of our courses you will benefit from two exciting and contrasting school placements, with additional training sessions, visits and experiences in other schools, phases and settings. Placements are very carefully arranged to give the best possible experience for our Associate Teachers, we look carefully at a complex set of elements such as:
Travelling distance of a maximum of one hour
Mentoring capacity and expertise
What we know about the department/school and the support they can offer
Specific school requests for individuals already working in/ known to a school
Appropriate contrasts between first and second placement schools
Our partnership of schools is constantly growing and expanding, we are proud to work with a number of schools in Oxfordshire, Wiltshire and Berkshire and the surrounding areas.
Some of our applicants are already working or volunteering in a schools and in many cases it can be possible to arrange one of your placements to be in this school, whether we have worked with them before or not. But don’t worry if you are not already in a school, we have lots of schools who are really keen to work with us and take an Associate Teacher on a placement; we will arrange all of this for you. If you would like to see which schools we have worked with in recent years please see the map below.
“On top of expert, specialist input from central trainers, trainees benefit from dependably high-quality mentoring. Contrasting placements of broadly equal lengths optimise the learning that comes from these valuable experiences. Through incredibly well joined-up input between centre and school, trainees gain confidence and skills in vital aspects such as behaviour and meeting pupils’ diverse needs.”Ofsted Inspection Report 2023
Become a Partner School
If you are Headteacher of a school and are not currently involved in our Partnership but would like more information about being involved then please get in touch.
I cannot recommend the Oxfordshire Teacher Training SCITT highly enough, it really does provide the very best start to a successful career in teaching. The vast majority of the new teachers that we recruit have come through this route and it is impressive to see how inspired and well prepared they are.
Chris Price - Headteacher, The Cherwell School, Oxford