Whilst we are proud that very many of our alumni make a difference in the lives of young people in lots of schools, special mention must be given to our former trainees now working at The Ruth Gorse Academy which opened in September 2014 as a new free school. The Ruth Gorse Academy is an exceptional school, delivering high quality education for each and every student. Now in the third year of operation the staff of this school are delighted to be based within our community and see themselves as an important part of the regeneration of the south Leeds. Over a third of the teaching staff of that academy were trained by GORSE SCITT with more scheduled to join them next year. Follow this link: www.ruthgorse.leeds.sch.uk/team

Whilst employment is never guaranteed, it is a fact that over 70% of our trainees gain employment in The GORSE Academies Trust and or its alliance. Because of the grounding that our trainees receive, many of them have gone on to be promoted very early in their careers. Below are a few examples of our success stories.

Success Stories

Sarah Johnston

Lead Teacher of Art

I was delighted for my first position following my training to be offered Lead Teacher of Art at The Ruth Gorse ...Read More

Sarah Johnston

Lead Teacher of Art

I was delighted for my first position following my training to be offered Lead Teacher of Art at The Ruth Gorse Academy. My training allowed me to understand and attain very, very strong teaching making the attainment of this position possible.

Natasha James-Harrison

Teacher of Science and SENDCo

I began my journey into teaching in 2013 as one of the first generation of students to complete the Schools Direct course, led ...Read More

Natasha James-Harrison

Teacher of Science and SENDCo

I began my journey into teaching in 2013 as one of the first generation of students to complete the Schools Direct course, led by what is now known as GORSE SCITT. I had previously been working in management roles, before deciding to refocus my career and utilise my Science degree. I had joined The GORSE Academies Trust, and worked in both The Morley Academy and The Farnley Academy, before embarking on the course. Aside from being passionate about Science, I really believed in the vision the Trust has about bringing outstanding education to the poorer parts of the city. Part of this drive was the work they were undertaking at the time, to train teachers to have high standards and to bring their skills to life in the classroom. I was privileged to work with various professionals and I had some fantastic support throughout the course.

Following the completion of my PGCE, I felt ready to embark on not only a teaching career path, but also progression in the areas of my personal development. I was already more experienced in my field, due to the style of the course and the Trust delivering quality teaching time for graduates. I managed to gain employment within the trust at The Morley Academy, where I have been working since. I completed my NQT year with success and developed my teaching practice and position within my department. In 2015, I secured my current position at Special Educational Needs and Disabilities coordinator (SENDCo). I have helped transform how the SEND department functions, and now lead a vast team of Teaching Assistants and Higher Level Teaching Assistants. I have also been the driving force behind the transformation from Statements, to Education, Health and Care plans. This supports our legal responsibility as an Academy, and also continues to drive Outstanding education for students with specific barriers.

I could not have developed my career, nor continue to do this, without the first year of substantial training, provided by what is now known as GORSE SCITT.

James Lane

Teacher of Physics and Year 8 Student Performance Leader

I am very proud to have been one of the very first people to have been trained by what has now become GORSE ...Read More

James Lane

Teacher of Physics and Year 8 Student Performance Leader

I am very proud to have been one of the very first people to have been trained by what has now become GORSE SCITT. I have worked for The GORSE Academies Trust as a Physics teacher for four years now. As a consequence of my training I have made rapid career progression and am a year leader at The Morley Academy. Subscribing entirely to the ethos developed first in my training, I play a significant role in the wider life of the academy, for example I am a Reading Circles leader.

Rory Price

Leader of Geography

GORSE SCITT programme offered me a 'hands on' approach to teacher training, giving me all the experience of working within a school environment ...Read More

Rory Price

Leader of Geography

GORSE SCITT programme offered me a 'hands on' approach to teacher training, giving me all the experience of working within a school environment from day one. Whilst at the partnership schools I was surrounded by professionals who are constantly striving to be the best at what they do and as such experienced outstanding teaching and learning on a daily basis. I believe this has given me the best possible foundation to teaching and it supported me in getting a teaching post within the Trust as an NQT. My development did not end at qualification, with continual professional development being at the forefront of my career throughout my first year and beyond. I strongly believe the GORSE SCITT programme accelerated my progress as a professional and as such has given me the necessary skills needed to advance in the education sector confidently. This was evidenced by my appointment as Curriculum Leader of Geography at The Farnley Academy during my RQT year and my ability to take on this role confidently utilising all the experience and skills gained throughout my time at GORSE SCITT and The GORSE Academies Trust alike.

Matthew McGrath

Teacher of Mathematics and Assistant Leader in Mathematics

The GORSE SCITT prepared me with the necessary skills to thrive within secondary schools and meet the highest of expectations to rise to ...Read More

Matthew McGrath

Teacher of Mathematics and Assistant Leader in Mathematics

The GORSE SCITT prepared me with the necessary skills to thrive within secondary schools and meet the highest of expectations to rise to the position of Deputy Curriculum Leader. The high quality support from day one made the transition much more manageable, scaffolding the role during weekly theory sessions alongside initial observations to learn from talented practitioners from The GORSE Academies Trust. The core principles of personalisation, engagement and progress are central to the trust and reflecting upon my practice, ensured there was rapid development in my own style of teaching and ensuring the maximum from all students.”

Barry Plummer

Teacher of PE and Assistant of Year

GORSE SCITT prepared me for a career in the heart of the city of Leeds making a day to day difference to the ...Read More

Barry Plummer

Teacher of PE and Assistant of Year

GORSE SCITT prepared me for a career in the heart of the city of Leeds making a day to day difference to the lives of the young people who live there. I was determined to make the very most of my training and to gain a post in a school where I could ensure children of all backgrounds made the progress needed to ensure they had the life chances we would all want. I was delighted to be recruited into The Ruth Gorse Academy where, in my NQT year, I am Assistant Head of Year and have responsibility for the House System. The latter stages of GORSE SCITT programme allowed me to engage with my employing school so that I had a smooth and rapid transition into my career.