The Oaks

Who are we?

The Ormiston and Keele SCITT (OAKS) is pleased to announce a new and exciting hub based in Suffolk. The OAKS is an Ofsted Outstanding provider of Initial Teacher Training, working with seven hubs spread geographically across the UK. Our mission is to nurture future professionals and give back to the local communities through high quality teacher recruitment, education and retention. The OAKS Suffolk will now maintain and enhance the current outstanding provision that The OAKS offer.

What you get

All trainee teachers follow a programme to gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) and have the opportunity to be accredited with an academic PGCE award. Your experience will include:

  • Immersive school-based training.
  • Two contrasting secondary training placements.
  • KS5 teaching experience.
  • Primary enrichment week.
  • Residential educational experience
  • CV enhancing carousel of visits and experiences with alternative professional settings.


We currently offer secondary placements in: art, biology, chemistry, design and technology (includes food, product design, textiles, and systems and control), drama, English, geography, history, maths, MFL, music, physical education and physics.

Why train to teach with The OAKS Suffolk?

1. Bespoke and personalised support

Trainee teachers benefit from the support of a range of key staff during their training year. This includes their OAKS personal tutor, their subject expert and their placement mentors.

2. Continuing Professional Development (CPD)

In addition to the PGCE, as a school-based initial teacher training (ITT) provider, trainee teachers will benefit from a wide range of CPD sessions that are delivered by staff across the schools and academies in the region. You will therefore have access to an extensive network of staff and professional development opportunities.

3. School-based

As a school based ITT provider, trainee teachers will benefit from current practising education professionals and a range of school experiences to enrich your training year.

4. High quality mentoring

Trainee teachers will be supported by subject mentors and subject experts across both placements. These members of staff are practising experts in their respective fields and will all be exclusively trained by The OAKS to ensure the best possible mentoring experience. Additionally, you will also be supported by an in-school professional tutor, who will provide access to high quality training and CPD from across the partnership.  To ensure a cohesive transition between placements, your mentor from your second placement will come to visit you in your first school to observe you teach.

5. ECT and beyond

Upon completion of your training year there will be a smooth transition into your early career development. The OAKS Suffolk initial teacher training links seamlessly with the ECT programmes and other CPD opportunities, both locally and further afield.

Find out more

For those who are interested in training during the next academic year please contact [email protected] for more details.