About Us

The South Downs SCITT (school-centred initial teacher training) is a  provider based in Worthing in West Sussex. It offers School Direct and core training in general primary education (five to 11 years) and secondary (11 to 16 years). Subjects offered at secondary: art, biology, chemistry, computing, drama, English, geography, history, mathematics, physical education, physics and religious education. Trainees who successfully complete their training achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) and a postgraduate certificate in education (PGCE). The PGCE is delivered by the SCITT and awarded by the University of Brighton. The SCITT is part of Durrington Multi Academy Trust (DMAT) and shares accommodation with Durrington High School and the research school. There is a strong partnership with local schools and our partners are spread throughout the West Sussex local authority. We are an Ofsted Outstanding Provider. You will have access to the facilities at the SCITT, Research School, your placement schools and the university library. You will typically have a day each week working with other trainees to reflect and develop your practice and four days each week in schools working with the young people in our locality. Our course is full time for one year and commences in September. You will teach across two consecutive age ranges/phases and experience teaching in at least two contrasting schools as well as completing training in special educational needs and disability (SEND). Trainees in our SCITT are exceptionally well taught and prepared to meet the rigours of the classroom with confidence.

Meet Our SCITT Team

Lianne Allison

SCITT Director

Gemma Buchanan

Secondary Lead/English Tutor

Ann Yates

Primary Lead

Pauline Montalto

Senior Tutor PGCE/Science Tutor

James Webb

SCITT Co-Ordinator

Emma Rylands

Primary Tutor

Sam Hobbs

Art Tutor

Vicky Scales

Drama Tutor

Georgina Eastment

History Tutor

Kirsty Abbott

Mathematics Tutor

Dave Yates

PE Tutor