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

About Us

The OAKS is an Ofsted Outstanding (2016) and innovative SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training programme) which links Keele University and OAT (Ormiston Academies Trust) with a long established partnership of schools in six geographical areas: Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Shropshire, Birmingham & Black Country, Norfolk and Cheshire. Click here for the full Ofsted Report.

The OAKS are based in the beautiful green campus of Keele University and all trainees will qualify with a Keele University PGCE.  In addition localised teaching is also available within the Birmingham & Black Country (BBC) and Norfolk Hubs.

This is a genuine Partnership between the partnership schools, The OAKS, Ormiston Academies Trust (OAT) and Keele University, which ensures relevant and up to date training, with a range of research-based activity which keeps Teacher Education in the forefront of educational thinking. The OAKS believes that it is an extremely caring and friendly organisation and will, at all times, provide help, encouragement and support, whenever it is needed.

The Trainee Teacher (TT), i.e. you, are important to us and many support structures are in place for this challenging, but very rewarding course. It is the aim of The OAKS Partnership of schools and University staff to produce highly motivated, creative, successful and enlightened teachers. Such teachers, we know, will be in great demand both in the local region and nationally.

Please Note: The OAKS are secondary provider (KS3 & 4 – 11-16 age range), with a post-16 enhancement, with the exception of Business Studies and Social science which are KS4 & 5 programmes (14-19 age range).