Teaching with the St Anthony's Primary Learning Partnership is both a joy and a privilege, which many of the testimonies and stories on this page will show. When looking for trainees and staff, we always hope to attract the brightest and the best that the profession has to offer. The children and families we serve are at the heart of everything we do and therefore by recruiting the best, we know we will ensure the best possible start in life for our wonderful children. So if you are thinking of joining us as a trainee, NQT, RQT, or as an experienced teacher we think you will find compelling reasons on this page to do so. We think you'll love our the children, our schools and our staff just as much as we do.
To give you even more reasons to join our wonderful Partnership, we have produced a new promotional video which you can enjoy below. The video features two of our inspirational Headteachers, Lisa and Siobhan Leonard as well as information from a member of staff and a former trainee and Newly Qualified trainee. All in all, you will see not only a snapshot of our Alliance in Teacher Training Action but also see and hear the passion for training and teaching that we can offer.
PGCE Primary with School Direct - St Anthony's Primary Learning Partnership
"Terrific school which gave me great support. My mentor really helped me through the stage and gave me great support whenever needed." School Direct Trainee 2020
"Provided a perfect balance of support while allowing me to gain independence and take control in the classroom. Allowed me to develop my own practice whilst providing opportunities for me to observe outstanding Early Years teaching. " School Direct Trainee 2020
The St Anthony’s Primary Learning Partnership is an inspirational partnership. It provides an outstanding Catholic education for the children from the four compass points of the city of Leeds and its neighbouring villages. This partnership of schools is geographically unique in that it offers a wide range of experiences ranging from inner-city to village locations, with a variety of catchments, including schools with high percentage English as an additional language, and high pupil premium cohorts, to contrasting catchments with high percentage gifted and talented pupils in village locations. This in itself provides a diverse, high-quality opportunity to train in a broad, rich tapestry of high-achieving schools, three of which are currently graded outstanding, with several others displaying outstanding features.
All schools within the alliance are also an active part of the Catholic Compass Partnership of schools that are led by St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School. This strong and successful alliance is already well established, having worked effectively in partnership with Leeds Trinity University for many years providing outstanding training opportunities for teaching at the primary level. The lead school has also previously been a partnership school for school direct with another outstanding school in the city.
We provide high-quality training, mentoring and coaching in a supportive and caring environment. The teachers in our partnership are outstanding practitioners with exemplary behaviour management skills who are eager to share their skills, knowledge and practice with the next generation of teachers. Our partnership is aspirational and aims to support and train outstanding teachers of the future, with a real focus on the quality of teaching and learning.
Working closely with the National College for Teaching and Leadership we are up to date, lead and share research that shapes and develops the future of education. Our investment in training teachers extends beyond Initial Teacher Training as many of our trainees continue to complete our NQT and RQT programmes, extending through to leadership training opportunities. Not only that, we are committed to the continued professional development of teachers into system leadership and beyond.
Further Information About School Direct at St Anthony's
For further information, please click on the link below to download a PDF copy of our current School Direct information leaflet.
School Direct Success Stories 2020
Lucy: St Anthony's is head and shoulders above the rest, there was constant support and guidance throughout and you never felt uninformed or lost at any point. Simply amazing.
Siobhan: I have developed a wide range of useful skills during my time at St Anthony's. With these skills, I have been able to get a job in an amazing school and I cannot wait to see what the future holds.
Faye: Any support required was always available at St Anthony's. I felt comfortable speaking to the team and very supported as they always followed through and made sure any issues were resolved
Gabrielle: The connections and links with such amazing schools have been great, and I truly believe that is why I was so successful in securing a job.
Holly: St Anthony's have been incredibly supportive throughout my training year. I feel I have grown both personally and professionally with the encouragement and support of my amazing Mentors and Class Teachers.
Emma: St Anthony's has given me the confidence to self-believe a little more and provided me with a great foundation of training ready for my NQT year.
Aga: Thanks to the encouragement of my mentors and colleagues, I feel that I have developed both personally and professionally.
Aine: I have had an enjoyable and comprehensive year of training during which I have had fantastic and supportive placement schools.
Despite a difficult and at times, uncertain training year, our superb ITT students were able at the end of the course, to come together via social media, to celebrate their success. Though the odds looked almost insurmountable, all our trainees passed the course with flying colours and have all gone on to secure their first teaching job, a statistic well worth celebrating! Through it all, our trainees retained their cheerfulness and professionalism and did both themselves and St Anthony's proud. And as we receive their thanks, we thank them and salute them in turn. You have been brilliant and we look forward to hearing about your teaching successes in the years to come.
Finally, a huge thanks to our multi-talented Primary Lead, Bekki Barton for putting this moving video together. We hope that you enjoy it and manage to discover what makes St Anthony's School Direct such a unique and special training course.