School Direct

Each established primary academy in the Co-operative Academies Trust, visited by Ofsted prior to September 2016, has received a judgement of 'Good'. All 10 candidates trained within the Trust have successfully completed the School Direct programme, and secured employment to complete their NQT year. There are excellent employment opportunities within the Trust and 40% of previous candidates have gained employment in our partner schools.

The School Direct training programme challenges students and enables them to gain qualified teacher status, encouraging them to become reflective practitioners delivering teaching of a very high standard. Successful completion of the professional studies element leads to the Award of a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE).

School Direct offers practical, hands-on teacher training within a large network of good to outstanding sc​hools. Leeds Trinity University's School Direct partners provide support and guidance that develop PGCE trainees ready for employment.  Leeds Trinity University gives you quality assurance as the leading regional provider in the country for teacher training. Our Primary Education a​nd Secondary Education School Direct partners give you the opportunity to gain a school-based PGCE course.

Our partnership consists of five schools all serving the diverse community of Inner East Leeds.

Four of the schools are part of the Co-operative Academies Trust:

Oakwood Primary Academy  - Lead School for 2016 –

Nightingale Primary Academy -

Woodlands Primary Academy –  Lead School for 2014 and 2015

Brownhill Primary Academy –

Shakespeare Primary School -

(Shakespeare is a local authority maintained primary, and a key partner who  share a building with our high school!)

All the established schools were judged ‘Good’ in their most recent Ofsted inspections.

To find out more about the Trust -

Entry Requirements

• A degree with a substantial portion relevant to National Curriculum programmes and examination syllabuses in that subject area.

• GCSE English, mathematics and science at Grade C or above (or equivalent)

• Successful completion of the Professional Skills tests for literacy and numeracy

How to apply

Applications must be made through UCAS Teacher Training at

Lead School :Oakwood Primary Academy
North Farm Road

For General Enquiries contact Jan Spencer at

Partnership Lead: Rebecca Ingram, Headteacher of Oakwood Co-operative Academies

Lead Mentor: Sarah Tasker, Assistant Headteacher, Oakwood Primary Academy