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 a partnership between The Denbigh Alliance 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?
‘The Tommy Flowers SCITT is a training provider I will be recommending to anybody who would like to pursue this career. The Partnership Managers have always been available to help and have shown such genuine care in helping me navigate my training year. I would not have been as successful as I was this year without this course, the people behind it and the brilliant mentors I was lucky enough to work with.’
‘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.’
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.
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.
Bishop Parker Catholic Primary School
Bradwell Village School
Broughton Fields Primary School
Caroline Haslett Primary School
Great Horwood CE Combined School
Long Meadow School
Middleton Primary School
New Chapter Primary School
Oakgrove Primary School
Oxley Park Academy
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
Wavendon Gate Primary School
Willen Primary School
Lord Grey School
Milton Keynes Academy
Sir Thomas Freemantle School
St. Paul’s Catholic School
The Hazeley Academy
The Radcliffe School
The Redway School
Meet the team
Tom Molloy is the SCITT Director, 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.
Sally Newton is the Secondary Partnership Manager for the Tommy Flowers SCITT. She has been the Professional Tutor at Oakgrove School since 2015 and is responsible for ITT and ECT Induction across the School’s all through provision. Sally is also an SLE for English; her most recent deployment involved working with a local primary school’s most able students. In her spare time, Sally enjoys swimming and running.
Karina van Niekerk
Karina works primarily for the primary arm of the TFSCITT. She will be there from your very first enquiry right through to your application and interview process.
Karina was born and raised in Berlin (Germany). She comes originally from a hotel background and has worked for several large organisations in the UK and abroad.
In her spare time, Karina enjoys spending time with her family and travelling the world.
Holly is the Secondary SCITT Administrator. Her work involves both primary and secondary admin, as well as finance and EPA.
Holly has a background in sport and fitness, so when she’s not at work you will find her in the gym, on her peloton or going for a run. She enjoys playing basketball, watching sport, and is a Chelsea FC fan.
Jo Thomson is the Primary Link Tutor and works closely with Tom to deliver the primary course. She has an MA in Effective Teaching and Learning and has taught in Milton Keynes for twelve years. Jo specialises in teaching English as an Additional Language (EAL) to children and their families. She also has completed a CELTA course which qualifies her to teach English language to adults. In her spare time, Jo enjoys swimming and crafting.
Victoria Lacy-Wills is the Partnership Manger with PEP:mk (Primary Enrichment Partnership). She has been in this role for the past eight years and has successfully driven PEP:mk forward as one of the lead CPD providers in MK. She has taught in both mainstream and special needs schools in Milton Keynes; taking up roles such Key Stage One Leader and Inclusion Manager. Her passion is SEN and she has completed the National Award for SEN Coordination and Nurture Group Network qualification. She has also completed part of her masters in Leadership and Management and when her two young boys are a bit older she will complete the rest!
Victoria has extensive ITT and NQT support experience through her work with the University of Bedfordshire and her role as the Named Person for Appropriate Body work. Victoria is also the Primary ECF lead for the MK ECF Partnership and is an experienced preparer and assessor for Higher Level Teaching Assistant (HLTA) Status with Strictly Education 4S.
Victoria loves nothing more than spending time with her family on her days off.
Helen is responsible for development within the Tommy Flowers SCITT, which includes finance, policies, monitoring, evaluating and planning. Helen worked within the corporate sector within finance, customer service and project management before retraining as a maths teacher 14 years ago. She is also employed as Enigma Maths Hub lead which co-ordinates professional development to the maths teaching community in Bucks, Beds, Herts, Oxon and Northants. Helen is a keen walker, gym goer and yoga enthusiast.
Who was 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.