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About the Tommy Flowers SCITT

Welcome to the Tommy Flowers SCITT.  The only teacher training provider in Milton Keynes to offer primary and secondary teacher training, the Tommy Flowers SCITT has a 100% employment record and an Outstanding Ofsted rating.

The Tommy Flowers SCITT is dedicated to developing outstanding teachers for the Milton Keynes area. Every child deserves committed, inspiring teachers so we provide our trainees with a broad, exciting training programme and a wide range of experiences in our partnership schools. Based on an alliance between Denbigh Teaching School and St. Paul’s Catholic School, the Tommy Flowers SCITT works in partnership with over 40 schools in the Milton Keynes area.

What do Ofsted say about us? (December 2017)

‘Headteachers state that the SCITT is their preferred training provider.’

‘The majority achieve the highest level of attainment.’

‘Trainees receive exemplary training.’

‘Tommy Flowers SCITT benefits from ambitious, thoughtful, responsive and inspiring leadership.’

‘Trainees are fulsome in their praise for the programme.’

Read the Ofsted report in full.

What do others say about us?

‘Training with Tommy Flowers really was the best experience I could have asked for and feel it has put me in a good position.’

Former trainee

‘Our Tommy Flowers SCITT NQT is ‘more confident in the classroom in the early days of term 1 than the others.’

Assistant Headteacher

‘From experience, the course gives the best training and experience for future teachers, with all the support and guidance needed.’

School Mentor

The Tommy Flowers SCITT is looking for trainees who are engaging, energetic and enthusiastic. You may be about to graduate from university or looking for a career change where you can inspire and shape children’s futures. If you have the dedication, professionalism and confidence to be an excellent teacher, then please get in touch with us.

Partner schools

Partner schools

We work in partnership with over 40 primary and secondary schools in the Milton Keynes. The partnership is ever changing, depending on the requirements of our partner schools. We ensure that all trainees have experience of two contrasting placements in different schools. All our partnership schools contribute to the steering committees that shape the strategic direction of the Tommy Flowers SCITT. The following partnership schools have hosted trainee teachers within the last two years.

Primary Schools

Abbeys Primary School
Bradwell Village School
Brooklands Farm Primary School
Broughton Fields Primary School
Bushfield School
Caroline Haslett Primary School
Cheddington Combined School
Falconhurst School
Greenleys First School
Heronshaw
Long Meadow School
Nicholas Hawksmoor Primary School
Middleton Primary School
Monkston Primary School
Moorland Primary School
Oakgrove Primary School
Priory Rise Primary School
St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Combined School
The Premier Academy
The Redway School
The Willows School and Early Years Centre
Water Hall Primary School
Westfield School
Willen Primary School
Wood End Infant School

Secondary Schools

Denbigh School
Lord Grey School
Milton Keynes Academy
Oakgrove School
Ousedale School
Sir Thomas Freemantle School
Stantonbury Campus
St. Paul’s Catholic School
Stephenson Academy
The Hazeley Academy
The Radcliffe School
The Redway School
Walton High

Meet the team

Meet the team

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Anthony Hoarty

Secondary Partnership Manager

Anthony has been teaching for over 30 years and has worked in a variety of schools in the UK and abroad. He has been involved in teacher training since 2000 and has developed ITT programmes with a variety of providers. Anthony has an MA in Education and the headteacher qualification (NPQH) He still enjoys teaching Design and Technology and in his spare time he collects and restores classic cars. He is a lifelong Manchester United supporter.

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Tom Molloy

Primary Partnership Manager

Tom Molloy is the Primary Partnership Manager, responsible for the interviews, training and assessment of trainees on the Primary SCITT. He has taught in primary schools across Milton Keynes and West Sussex, including as a Deputy Headteacher. Tom has a particular passion for promoting the arts in schools, particularly music.

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Anthony Steed

Development Manager

Anthony is responsible for development within the Tommy Flowers SCITT, which includes finance, policies, monitoring, evaluating and planning. He is also employed as an Assistant Headteacher at Denbigh School, having taught for over fifteen years in Milton Keynes. Anthony has a MA in Education, is a Specialist Leader in Education (Teaching & Learning) and is currently completing his National Professional Qualification for Headship. He is an enthusiastic cyclist and is also a lifelong Manchester United supporter.

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Lesley Giles

Assessment Only Partnership Manager

Lesley Giles is a Partnership Manager with considerable experience in schools in Milton Keynes. Lesley is a teacher of Modern Foreign Languages (MFL) and Professional Tutor at Denbigh School. As a Specialist Leader of Education, she provides support for initial teacher training, courses for subject specialist training and leads the MK MFL Secondary network.

Who was Tommy Flowers?

Who was Tommy Flowers?

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Tommy Flowers’ contribution to code breaking in the Second World War was immense. He led the team that designed and built Colossus – the first electronic programmable computer – to break the complex encoded communiques between the German High Command and the field. The first model was demonstrated at Bletchley Park, the British forces’ Intelligence Centre, in December 1943, with a faster version in operation by June 1944, days before D Day. Historians believe that the code breaking facilitated by Colossus shortened the war by two years. He was appointed MBE for his contribution to the war effort along with a rather meagre £1,000 award, but, since the codebreaking activities at Bletchley Park were kept secret for 30 years, Flowers remained largely unknown to the public.

The annual graduation ceremonies are held at Bletchley Park, in recognition of Tommy Flowers’ huge contribution to computing and the war effort. Read more about Tommy Flowers.