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About the Tommy Flowers SCITT

Find out about the Tommy Flowers SCITT, meet the team and see what our partners and colleagues have to say about us. As the only teacher training provider in Milton Keynes to both offer primary and secondary teacher training, we work with a large number of schools in the area.

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

The Tommy Flowers SCITT is right at the heart of what we do. It is growing outstanding teachers for us and creating a pipeline of potential for the city. Without the Tommy Flowers SCITT, we wouldn’t have recruited teachers with such exceptional potential and we would be missing out on everything that each trainee has contributed to the school.’

Mark Sim, Headteacher, Oakgrove Primary School

‘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 contact 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

Bishop Parker Catholic Primary School
Bradwell Village School
Brooklands Farm Primary School
Bushfield School
Caroline Haslett Primary School
Cheddington Combined School
Falconhurst School
Heronsgate School
Long Meadow School
Loughton School
Middleton Primary School
New Chapter Primary School
Oakgrove Primary School
Portfields Primary School
Priory Common Infant School
Priory Rise Primary School
St. Bernadette’s Catholic Primary School
St. James’ CE Primary School
St. Michael’s CE Combined School
St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Combined School
Steeple Claydon Primary School
The Premier Academy
The Redway School
The Willows Primary School and Early Years Centre
Water Hall Primary School
Wavendon Gate 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

A photograph of Anthony Hoarty, Secondar Partnership Manager

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.

A photograph of Tom Molloy, Primary Partnership Manager

Tom Molloy

Primary Partnership Manager

Tom Molloy is the Primary Partnership Manager, responsible for the design and delivery of the primary courses with the Tommy Flowers SCITT. This includes recruiting, interviewing, training and assessing trainees and working closely with partner schools. He has taught in primary schools across West Sussex and Milton Keynes, including as a Deputy Headteacher. Tom has a 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.

A photograph of Lesley Giles, Assessment Only Partnership Manager

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?

A black and white photograph of Tommy Flowers.

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.