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Our Partner Schools

The National Modern Languages SCITT is working closely with excellent modern languages departments in a wide range of schools across the independent and state sector all over England. All of our partners share our vision and commitment to train outstanding teachers of modern languages.

Our partnership is growing all the time and extends many areas of the country, enabling you to choose a setting that most suits you.

Our Geographical Hubs

bolton hub
sheffield hub
london hub

Bolton School is one of the largest independent educational establishments in the country. It consists of the Girls’ Division and the Boys’ Division, each separate schools with their own Headteachers but a single Governing body and an extensive
shared campus.

Both the Girls’ and Boys’ Division have a history of training new entrants to the profession. Their academic results consistently place them amongst the top
schools in the North of England and often within the top 100 nationally. The vast majority of their students go on to their first choice university and they have a regular flow of sixth formers to highly competitive courses.

Bolton is often called ‘one of the UK’s friendliest towns’. It offers cultural, sporting and historical attractions, as well as breath-taking scenery.

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Our founding hub is in Sheffield, with over 8 schools in both Sheffield and the Peak District offering placements.

At the core of the Sheffield hub is Silverdale School, an accredited provider of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and an outstanding secondary comprehensive with a long history specialising in modern languages teaching. This year the Sunday Times awarded Silverdale Top School of the North in its annual Good Schools Guide.

Within this hub we have a strong network of existing primary and secondary schools in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire. The network has been built through School Direct and is now one of the largest in the country. In light of this success, the NCTL accredited Silverdale School as the National Modern Languages SCITT.

Sheffield is the fourth largest city in England and one of the greenest in Europe. Its vibrant cultural and leisure attractions, and proximity to the countryside of the Peak District, make it one of the most popular university cities for students staying on and making it their home after their education. It is certainly an excellent place to start your teaching career.

Sheffield is also safer than other big cities. The UK Peace Index 2013, a study using Home office data, found Sheffield to be England’s safest major city. As well as being a friendly city, Sheffield is one of the cheapest to live for students.

You can find out more about the city of Sheffield and what is has to offer at:

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Dulwich College in London, a member of the Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference Group (HMC) is an academically selective independent boys’ school in south London. With its 400th anniversary in 2019, Dulwich has a distinguished tradition of inspired teaching and genuine scholarship.

Boys proceed from Dulwich to the most competitive of universities in the UK and in the world and thereafter into all the major professions, with a high number choosing to work in medicine, engineering and the law. The College has a long-standing reputation for producing some of the finest actors, musicians, sportsmen and writers in the country.

London is one of the world’s leading capital cities and offers you a wealth of opportunities. From the beautiful Dulwich Village to the 24-hour attractions of central London, there is something for everyone. The range of cultural, sporting and leisure opportunities is the best in the country.

You can find out more about Dulwich College and London and what they have to offer at:

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Abingdon Hub
Oundle Hub
At the core of the Abingdon Hub is St Helen and St Katharine, a vibrant and stimulating independent school for bright girls and young women aged 9-18 with enquiring minds. They encourage students to discover and develop their own strengths, enabling them to achieve academically and develop the self-belief and confidence that will equip them for life.

St Helen’s partnerships with other schools in the area are strong and numerous, including most recently the Girls do Physics initiative which is already encouraging more girls in a state funded school to study science at a higher level.

With a history of successfully training new entrants into the profession, the school will be working in partnership with Abingdon School, Larkmead School and Radley College to provide a diverse range of classroom experience for trainees.

Located 6 miles south of Oxford, Abingdon is a historic market town with a thriving local community and the home to many schools and colleges. At SCITT’s Abingdon Hub you will find strong educational traditions and a supportive and ambitious teaching environment.

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London in Northamptonshire. The school’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The school’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School. At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today.

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 860 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day school for children aged 4 to 11.

Oundle itself is a beautiful, buzzing market town with delightful mix of cafes, independent shops, farmers’ markets and food traders. As a cultural hub with music, literature, sporting and food festivals, its pull has never been stronger.

Which hub will I be based in?

Our partnerships are developing constantly, so we can offer trainees a range of geographical locations to suit their lives. We will discuss where a trainee wants to be located as part of the application process. If trainees already have existing relationships with schools, we are always happy to discuss developing a new partnership.

Is your school interested in becoming a hub or partner school?

If you work in a modern languages department that is interested in hosting trainees, please do get in touch. Or perhaps you would like to run your own geographical hub within the National Modern Languages SCITT, working with your colleagues in local schools to coordinate training and placements.

We work with a range of schools in both the state and independent sectors and are always looking for new partners. Please get in touch and we’ll be happy to answer any of your questions.

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