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If you are interested in applying for places for our school direct programme for 2020-21 and wish to find out more, please contact the lead school, St Anthony's Catholic Primary on 0113 2776944, to find out more about application and the course. We strongly welcome visits to school in person prior to application. Please ring to make an appointment with our teaching schools personal assistant Andrew Bove, or our schools direct leads, Miss Bekki Gambrill (Primary) or Mrs Rachel Capaldi (Early Years). Below is a selection of information about the school direct programme with our partnership of schools. We hope you consider applying to our partnership and look forward to meeting you soon.


Please note, this year we have places for School Direct primary teaching only (including early years). If you are interested please contact the school for more information.


During the run-up to the opening of the UCAS application portal we will be offering a number of informal 'drop-in' meetings, where you will be able to tour the school and discuss your application with Mr Bove or one of our lead ITT colleagues.


To book your 'drop-in' appointment, please contact Mr Bove.


The application round opens on 31st October 2019. We currently have a cohort of 17 school direct trainees on our 2019-2020 course and are looking to recruit a further 20 candidates for the 2020-21 round.


We look forward to meeting you soon.


Lisa Leonard

Director of The St Anthony's Teaching School Alliance

St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Leeds


The St Anthony’s Catholic School Partnership provides outstanding Catholic education for the children from the four compass points of the city of Leeds and its neighbouring villages. This partnership of schools is geographically unique in that it offers a wide range of experiences ranging from inner city to village locations, with a variety of catchments, including schools with high percentage English as an additional language, and high pupil premium cohorts, to contrasting catchments with high percentage gifted and talented pupils in village locations. This in itself provides a diverse, high quality opportunity to train in a broad, rich tapestry of highly achieving schools, three of which are currently graded outstanding, with several others displaying outstanding features. All schools within the partnership are also an active part of the Catholic Compass Partnership of schools who are led by St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School. This strong and successful partnership is already well established, having worked effectively in partnership with Leeds Trinity University for many years providing outstanding training opportunities for teaching at primary and secondary level. The lead school has also previously been a partnership school for school direct with another outstanding school in the city. Partnership schools include:



St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School, Beeston

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Wetherby

St Mary’s Catholic Primary School, Rothwell

St Nicholas' Catholic Primary School, Leeds

St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School, Leeds

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Hunslet

St Philip’s Catholic Primary School, Middleton

Holy Family Catholic Primary School, Armley

St Theresa's Catholic Primary School, Crossgates, Leeds

Robin Hood Primary School, Wakefield

St Francis of Assisi Catholic Primary School, Leeds

St Mary's Catholic Primary School, Halifax

St Francis Catholic Primary School, Morley



Course model: As a local partnering school with Leeds Trinity you will receive teaching from university academic staff at Leeds Trinity campus two days a week, and be school based for three days a week training alongside your mentor and practicing teachers.


Entry requirements:


N.B. Third class degrees may be considered if relevant school-based voluntary or paid work experience has been gained.


FeesThe course can be financed by a Student Loan (dependent on individual circumstances).  Extra financial support is sometimes available, with opportunities to receive a tax-free bursary of up to £3,000 form the National College of Teaching and Leadership (NCTL).  The bursary is only available to those with a 1st or PHD.  The tuition fee is £9,000 a year for postgraduate study with Leeds Trinity. 


Contact details: For further details about School Direct, please go to You can also find out more about Teacher training courses at

For more information about the School Direct PGCE course with St Anthony’s Catholic Primary School please contact the headteacher:


Miss L Leonard

Telephone: 0113 2776944



For more information about all School Direct Primary PCGE enquiries for location partnering schools with Leeds Trinity University, please contact:


Telephone: 0113 2837256




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