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Why the St Anthony's Primary Learning Partnership?

"For me, the special moments of this year have certainly been the ‘Light-bulb moments’ – every single time that a child ‘gets’ the learning concept is amazing and it is something that I will remember when I think back to my first year of teaching with School Direct".
St Anthony's  Trainee 

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 children, our schools, and our staff, just as much as we do.



Why train with us?


PGCE Primary Initial Teacher Training - St Anthony's Primary Learning Partnership

"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." St Anthony's Trainee 2023


"Being with a catholic partnership has meant I have found my own faith again, which has been a huge part of my teaching journey.  this is due to the virtues that St. Anthony's follow."  St Anthony's Trainee 2023


"Training with an outstanding provider means that you learn something new every day at the highest of standards, which has  prepared me to work in any type of educational setting.St Anthony's Trainee 2023


"The reason this year has felt so relaxed and been so enjoyable is due to the communication from St Anthony's, it has been very organised which has meant the course has been stress-free." St Anthony's Trainee 2023


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 a high percentage of 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.


St. Anthony’s Primary Learning Partnership is an inspirational place to work and learn, providing unique school-based opportunities in partnership with Leeds Trinity University.


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 Initial Teacher Training at St Anthony's


For further information, please click on the link below to download a PDF copy of our current Teacher Training information leaflet.


Initial Teacher Training Success Stories 2023


Ben: I am a completely different person and have fully established myself as a primary teacher. I feel this has been developed by St. Anthony's


Holly: A smaller group means you can make great friendships and become close to each other as the year progresses, relying on each other for support. Amazing course and I’m so glad I did it.


Merryn: I have loved every minute of St. Anthony’s training, the CPD is outstanding and the close family feel of the course makes you feel like you're making real connections.


Wendy: All the CPD was great and really helpful!