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Why the St Anthony's Teaching School Alliance?

"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".
School Direct Trainee 

Teaching with the St Anthony's Teaching School Alliance 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.


The wonderful teachers and trainees at Rothwell St Mary's recently participated in a short film created by our Higher Education Partners, Leeds Trinity University.  Please click on the link below to access truly compelling look at the experience of training and working with the St Anthony's Teaching Alliance:



Trinity Vision | Being An NQT

Uploaded by TrinityVision UK on 2018-04-13.

St Anthony's staff and children have also made it to radio:
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Would You Like To Train To Teach With St Anthony's? Part 1

Click the arrow above to listen to our latest radio advert.

Why train with us?


PGCE Primary with School Direct - St Anthony's Teaching School Alliance


"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 2019

"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 2019


The St Anthony’s Catholic School Alliance 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 who 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 primary and secondary level. The lead school has also previously been a partnership school for school direct with another outstanding school in the city.


St. Anthony’s Teaching School 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 alliance 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 Teaching School 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. 

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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.

Would You Like To Train To Teach With St Anthony's? Part 2




School Direct Success Stories 2018


Shannon: It has been an extremely organised and efficient course. It has helped me to learn the ropes of teaching and gain confidence in my ability to teach.


Danielle: Thank you for giving me this opportunity. It has been difficult at times but incredibly rewarding. I have enjoyed every minute of it.


Olivia: I feel I have benefited greatly from the year at St Anthony's. I have learnt so much within the year and really developed my confidence with teaching.


Christopher: It has given me a full grounding in all aspects of the primary curriculum. I felt more prepared than students on other programs that I spoke with. ​​​​​​​


Rebecca: It has been a fabulous experience. Thank you!


Christina: Supportive and organised partnership that responded to questions and concerns quickly.


Samantha: Being a non-Catholic, I have really valued the teaching that I have had about the Catholic Faith as I have learnt an awful lot. I have also really appreciated the mentoring and guidance that I have received.


Sarah: The first impression that you get of your school, the relationships you make and the care that people give you all stand out for me in my mind. They are things that are very important and are a lasting impression for me.