Sir Graham Balfour School is judged to be a ‘good’ school and we are committed to teaching future professionals. We work within a Hub of schools, within the Stafford region, these are:
Alleynes Academy, Blessed William Howard Catholic High School, The Hart School, King Edward VI School, Kingsmead School, Walton High School and Weston Road Academy.
Programme Data from last year
94% successfully completed the programme;
90% gained employment;
100% achieved ‘outstanding’ or’ good’;
96% rated our teacher training programme as ‘outstanding’ or ‘good’
We work closely with The OAKS as our accredited provider this is a genuine partnership between our hub of schools, The OAKS and Keele University, which ensures relevant and up to date training. We believe that we are an extremely caring and friendly organisation and will, at all times, provide help, encouragement and support, whenever it is needed. At the end of the programme you will obtain QTS from The OAKS and a PGCE Academic Award from Keele.
You are important to us and many support structures are in place for this challenging, but very rewarding course. It is our aim to produce highly motivated, creative, successful and reflective teachers. Such teachers, we know, will be in great demand both in the local region and nationally.
You will be placed in two placements, where you will put theory into practice. In addition, The OAKS also gives you the opportunity to observe teaching in alternative educational settings such as EAL, PRU, Special and Independent Schools.
About the accredited body
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 five local authorities: Staffordshire, Stoke on Trent, Shropshire, Birmingham and Cheshire.
The OAKS course is based in the beautiful green campus of Keele University and all trainees will qualify with a Keele University PGCE and QTS from The OAKS.
Our programme was rated 17th out of over 200 Teacher Training providers across the country in the Good Teacher Training Guide 2017.