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Here at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy, we have a number of partnerships to enable us to facilitate bespoke routes into teaching, from PGCE, School Direct, Teach First and Assessment Only. Here are a number of case studies from the years gone by:



Anna joined Maltby Academy as an NQT in 2009 after gaining QTS with the University of Sheffield through a Post Graduate Certificate in Education. Throughout the following two years, Anna was supported to complete her Masters in Applied Professional Studies in Education at the University of Sheffield, whilst developing her teaching practice as an English teacher. In 2012, Anna was offered the role of Subject Specialist in English, this leadership opportunity was extended to Subject Leader in Media Studies in 2013. Alongside the development of Media Studies, Anna became increasingly involved with Professional Learning Development and mentoring ITTs. In 2015, Anna was supported to step into the role of leading Professional Learning Development and coordinate ITT. This allowed Anna to develop a range of effective leadership practices, which prepared her to successfully secure a place as part of the Senior Leadership Team at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy.

NQT with MA 2009 Subject Specialist in English 2012 Curriculum Leader in Media 2013 PLD Leader at MA 2015 Associate Senior Leader at STWA 2018


Craig joined Sir Thomas Wharton in 2010 having completed his PGCE at Sheffield Hallam University. Craig has progressed through the Science Leadership Structure to secure the position of Director of Science in 2016.

PGCE at Sheffield Hallam 2009 NQT STWA 2010 3i/c Science 2012 2i/c Science 2014 Director of Science 2016


Adam began his teaching career in Primaries, teaching Key Stage Two. He transitioned to Secondary Mathematics in 2017 and quickly progressed into a leadership position as Subject Specialist in 2018. Currently, Adam is the Lead Practitioner in Mathematics, he is responsible for developing Numeracy across the Academy and he is a key driver in the recruitment and retention of new teachers in shortage areas.

PGCE 2013 KS2 Transition to Secondary 2017 Subject Specialist Mathematics 2018 Lead Practitioner Mathematics 2019

Teach First


Ella joined Sir Thomas Wharton Academy as a Teach First trainee. She passed her QTS with flying colours and went on to secure a position as Subject Specialist in her NQT year. As an RQT, Ella is one of our key mentors, has led the Academy Oracy Project and is looking to complete her SENDCO qualifications.

Teach First (QTS & NQT at STWA) Subject Specialist in English 2019


Chris joined Sir Thomas Wharton Academy in 2017 as part of the Teach First Leadership Development Programme. Chris received excellent mentorship throughout his training and achieved QTS in 2018. Since then, Chris has been awarded with his PGDE and has gone on to secure a position as Subject Leader in History.

August 2017 – Joined Teach First Leadership Development Programme July 2018 – Achieved QTS (Outstanding) status July 2019 – Awarded PGDE (with distinction) January 2020 – Subject Leader – History


Ben joined Sir Thomas Wharton Academy as an unqualified teacher with Teach First 2013. After gaining QTS and completing his NQT year, Ben became Subject Specialist in Maths. Ben was supported to develop his leadership skills through his appointment as Joint Subject Leader of Maths in 2017, ahead of securing the position of Director of Maths in 2018. Most recently, Ben has been promoted to Associate Assistance Vice Principal (KS4) where his leadership will have a broader impact across all subject areas.

NQT 2014 Subject specialist 2015 Joint subject leader 2017 Director of Mathematics 2018 Associate Assistant Vice Principal (KS4) 2020

Assessment only and future teaching scholar


Kim joined Maltby Academy as an unqualified teacher and after two years of teaching experience, qualified through the Assessment Only route in 2015. As an NQT, Kim quickly progressed into the role of Subject Specialist in Health and Social Care and Sir Thomas Wharton Academy. Since then, Kim has secured her position as Subject Leader in Health and Social Care and BTEC Quality Nominee for Maltby Academy and Sir Thomas Wharton Academy.

Assessment Only – 2015 NQT with MA 2015 Subject Specialist in Health and Social Care (STWA) 2015 Subject Leader in Health and Social Care / BTEC Quality Nominee (MA & STWA) 2016 (maternity cover) Subject Leader in Health and Social Care / BTEC Quality Nominee (MA & STWA) 2017


Jamie has been part of our first ever Future Teaching Scholars; he began the course whilst completing his Mathematics undergraduate degree. Jamie started at Sir Thomas Wharton Academy in 2019 as a trainee where he was provided with support from the Hallam Teaching Alliance and the Academy. Jamie has just received QTS and is looking forward to completing his NQT year with Sir Thomas Wharton Academy.

2016: started the Future Teaching Scholars course whilst completing my undergrad. 2019: SCITT 2020: NQT with STWA


Felicity’s undergraduate degree is in Psychology, however she was able to complete an English Subject Enhancement course and achieve her QTS through a Doncaster school-based training programme. Felicity has just passed her NQT year with flying colours; she is already an integral part of the English team and is looking forward to developing her role in English.

Psychology degree from York St.John University ITT through DRAFTS for QTS with subject knowledge enhancement for English NQT at STWA RQT at STWA from September 2020


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