Earlier this year, Ofsted inspected the Astra School Centred Initial Teacher Training (SCITT) provider, led by Dr Challoner’s Grammar School. We are now delighted to announce that as of November 2018, it has been graded as Outstanding in all categories following a rigorous six-day inspection process.

This significant achievement places Astra as the only Outstanding provider in the local area. It also recognises considerable strengths in the quality of recruitment, selection and training for those who qualify with Astra, where both outcomes and employment rates are well above national benchmarking figures. The full Ofsted report is available here:

Astra Ofsted Report

Each year, Astra successfully recruits and trains around 55 new teachers across the secondary and primary age ranges and this year, 12 primary trainees and 46 secondary trainees are completing their training, bringing the total number of new teachers educated by Astra since 2016 to 167. As well as Primary General and Primary with Mathematics, a whole range of subjects at secondary level are also offered.

Trainees’ professional conduct is exemplary. They are highly reflective, resilient, determined and committed to their profession.

Astra SCITT Ofsted Report, 2018

The SCITT also offers the option for trainees to gain the Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) with Masters level credits and works with Goldsmiths, University of London for this 'top up' qualification to QTS, which represents 60 Masters credits.

The care, concern and support which the SCITT provides for trainees’ welfare, health and well-being is exceptional.

Astra SCITT Ofsted Report, 2018

If you are interested in training to teach for 2019/20, applications are now open via UCAS, or please contact us to find out more. More details are available on the SCITT section of the Astra website.

Stephanie Rodgers, Director of Astra SCITT