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Orchards Academy

Orchards Academy is part of The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT). It's Lead School is Rainham School for Girls providing secondary (11-16) and primary (5-11) school-based initial teacher training. Applicants can gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to study for a PGCE with Masters' credits. Our HEI Provider responsible for the PGCE is Leeds Beckett University.

We offer a bespoke training programme: every training session is delivered by a highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic teacher. Our training is relevant and responsive to current developments in education and provides a hands-­on approach to classroom practice. We believe the best teachers are trained by outstanding practitioners.

We support trainees in finding a suitable newly qualified teaching (NQT) post. All previous trainees have gained employment.

About our school experience

Details
Unfortunately we are unable to offer in-school experience during Covid restrictions, but we would like to offer you the opportunity of a 1-1 virtual session or a telephone call to provide more information about our school-based teacher training programme and to answer any questions you have about getting into teaching and the application process.
Start and finish times
8:15am to 3:00pm - Flexible

Please email SCITT@tkat.org for flexible times that are convenient with you.

Dress code
No dress code supplied
Teacher training

The Kemnal Academies Trust (TKAT) SCITT is an accredited ITT Provider offering secondary (11-16) and primary (5-11) school-based initial teacher training awarding Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) with the option to study for a PGCE with Masters' credits. Our HEI Provider responsible for the PGCE is Leeds Beckett University.

TKAT is one of the largest multi-academy trusts in the South of England with over 40 secondary and primary schools. Our School Direct Lead Schools within our ITT partnership are Debden Park High School, Rainham School for Girls and Chichester High School. Please visit our website for a full list of our ITT partner schools.

In 2014, Ofsted judged the TKAT SCITT to be 'Good' in all categories and said "A very coherent training programme which ensures that trainees carry through the lessons learned from central training and assignment work into their teaching".

TKAT SCITT offers a bespoke training programme: every training session is delivered by a highly skilled, experienced and enthusiastic teacher. Our training is relevant and responsive to current developments in education and provides a hands-­on approach to classroom practice. We believe the best teachers are trained by outstanding practitioners.

TKAT support trainees in finding a suitable newly qualified teaching (NQT) post. All previous trainees have gained employment.

Find out more about our teacher training

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Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must be applying to or have applied to our, or a partner school's, teacher training course
    • Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course
    • Must have a degree
    • They must live within 10 miles of the school
DBS check required

No - Candidates will be accompanied at all times when in school.

Placement dates

There are no upcoming dates

Location

Address
St Mary's Road, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7TE
Map showing Orchards Academy
Parking

Not available on site

N/A - Virtual experience

Disability and access details

We offer facilities and provide an inclusive environment for students, staff and school experience candidates with disability and access needs. We're happy to discuss your disability or access needs before or as part of your school experience request.

Access needs policy

Address
St Mary's Road, Swanley, Kent, BR8 7TE
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16)
DBS check required

No - Candidates will be accompanied at all times when in school.

Subjects
  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Computing
  • Drama
  • English
  • Geography
  • History
  • Maths
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Spanish