"An outstanding secondary teaching training provider" (ofsted 2016)

"Begin your teaching journey with our unique programme, supported by experienced teacher educators delivering high quality, specialised training"

We are The OAKS (Ormiston and Keele SCITT), an Ofsted Outstanding Secondary Initial Teacher Training provider based at Keele University in Newcastle-under-Lyme, North Staffordshire.

Ours is an innovative and intensive one year course during which trainees will complete both the Teaching Standards, gaining QTS certification and obtain a Keele University PGCE academic award at either level 6 or 7.

We believe that we provide a course that is both supportive and enjoyable, with Outstanding success rates (see below) well above the national average for the Initial Teacher Training sector.

Click on the thumbnails below to download further information. Our flier gives an overview of who we are and what we offer, and our information booklet provides more detailed information.


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of our trainees' outcomes (final grade awarded) were either Outstanding or Good


of our trainees rate our provision as Outstanding or Good


of our trainees rate our subject specific training as either Outstanding or Good

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Back to School – Good luck tomorrow!

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Unfortunately all good things must come to an end. We hope you’ve all had a wonderful Christmas and New Year.  Good luck on your first day back from everyone here at The OAKS! Hopefully you’re not feeling like this…….  


Happy New Year From The OAKS

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All of the staff at The OAKS would like to wish you all a happy New Year! Hopefully you’re not feeling to tired from a late night and are ready to start 2022 in a positive way! Thanks to everyone for all of your support for […]


Merry Christmas From The OAKS

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We’d like to wish you all a very merry Christmas and hope that you are all enjoying a well-rested  and enjoyable break! Thanks to everyone for all of your support in this, yet another difficult year.  We really appreciate you all and hope that Santa […]

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