Choosing the Sutton Schools alliance for my first year of training as a secondary school teacher of English, is one of my best career choices I have made. The overwhelming support from Glenthorne High School and the SCITT team is one of sheer excellence, professionalism and determination to produce nothing short of outstanding teachers within the borough of Sutton.When initially thinking about where to train and which provider to choose, Sutton SCITT were highly recommended to me by a member of the senior leadership within my school, where I was working as a teaching assistant. The prospect of working and training in a school from the start of term immensely appealed to me. I felt I could learn so much from my professional colleagues and acquire their knowledge and expertise whilst they exercised their particular practice.

Having so many first-rate schools within the Sutton SCITT, gives a real sense of community amongst our schools. As a trainee, being placed in any school, gives me the confidence that I can go into any schools; have all the support necessary, questions answered no matter how big or small and the drive to be the best teacher I can possibly be.

I am proud to state that I am apart such a wonderful training scheme and very much look forward to a successful year ahead.

Rachel Hopkins, an English trainee

My year training with Sutton School Direct was one of the most challenging experiences I have had to date but by far the most rewarding. My host school made me feel completely at home, not only with support from the English Department, but the course promoted building relationships across the school. I observed lead practitioners in various subjects which allowed me to adopt multiple strategies and tailor my own style of teaching. Both my host school and my placement school supported me fully, whilst simultaneously giving me the freedom to develop as an individual. The course also gave me the opportunity to observe teaching practices across the borough and I am still regularly in touch with people I formed relationships with,  sharing resources and ideas. Being attached to a tutor group gave me an insight to the pastoral side of teaching which has helped massively now I have my own Year 7 tutor group this year. I am a firm believer that you get out what you put in, and both schools saw my enthusiasm to get involved and subsequently I was included on multiple trips including the theatre, outward bound, university visits and even a residential ski trip! Getting stuck in and making the most of every opportunity throughout the year led to me being offered jobs at both schools I worked in, and I was delighted to accept my position at Carshalton Boys Sport College. The training has given me great foundations for my NQT year, and I now confidently enjoy being responsible for my own classes. 

Natalie Williams is now teaching at Carshalton Boys Sports College