Welcome to SATA


St Andrew’s CE Primary School is a Lead School for Initial Teacher Training based in Chinnor, Oxfordshire (SATA: St Andrew’s Teaching Alliance). We are currently working alongside Oxford Brookes University and a partnership of 6 primary schools. Our aim is to provide the best support and training for those with a passion to teach.


St. Andrew’s Church of England Primary School is a rapidly expanding and popular school, set at the foot of the Chiltern Hills amid stunning grounds. The school’s motto ‘Learning together, we achieve great things’, is central to all that we do.

In May 2013, the school was rated ‘Outstanding’ in every area by Ofsted. Inspectors noted, “Pupils enjoy all aspects of school. Their outstanding behaviour supports learning very well and ensures that the school is a calm, harmonious environment.”

In October 2015, St. Andrew’s was graded “Outstanding” following the SIAMS inspection. The report states, “The priorities for learning and well-being are consistently drawn from the school’s Christian values and have led to the school maintaining the outstanding qualities identified by Ofsted in 2013.”

If you wish to join us and believe you have the necessary skills, qualifications and personal attributes, please read on, we would be delighted to hear from you.


SATA Testimonial 


Overview of Role

How to apply

Financing the Role

Person Specification 

Professional Skills Tests

International Qualification

SATA Testimonial - Meet Emily

Emily trained with SATA. 

"Completing my teacher training through SATA was the best decision I could have made with my teaching journey.  The ‘on-the-job’ training and experience is invaluable – you see, and are involved in, every aspect of school life throughout the entire year.  From the first day of school, transitions, plays, performances and planning, to parents’ evenings and sports day, all the aspects which could be incredibly daunting going into your first teaching post, you have already been a part of. 

Being attached to a class means that you build amazing teacher-pupil (and teacher-parent!) relationships.  A 6 week placement at a different school pushes you out of your comfort zone and allows you to see a different school environment and new ways of doing things.

You are treated as a teacher and encouraged to take on the responsibility and thinking of one; but the support, mentoring and teamwork is fantastic and means that you can go through the year with confidence.  Weekly observations and meetings with your teacher tutor are a great opportunity to reflect and set targets to ensure your continuous progression. 

The teaching load gradually increases throughout the year to ensure that you are ready for the transition into your NQT year – I am finishing my year feeling as though I am already a valued teacher within a fantastic school. There are always people to help you, no matter how minor you think your question may be – one piece of advice I would give is to ask as many questions as you can.  There is a wealth of experience within the school, use it!

I have now been lucky enough to have been offered a teaching position at St Andrew's CE Primary School, a role which I am confident and excited to take on thanks to the experience I have had this year."

Overview of Role


St. Andrew’s CE Primary School, Chinnor, Oxfordshire

Trainee Class teacher

Full time from September 2023 until July 2024

Sponsored (QTS fees are covered by the placement school)

Leading to QTS     Course Code: 2DD

Are you looking for a career change?  Are you currently assisting teachers within a school? Do you aspire to be a teacher yourself? We require for September 2023 excellent graduates to join our team as trainee teachers.  Applications from all graduates will be welcomed.

SATA (St Andrew’s Teaching Alliance) is a Lead School working with School Direct and Oxford Brooke’s University to train teachers.  We are looking to recruit graduate trainees for the coming academic year.

The course will last for one year and result in the attainment of qualified teacher status (QTS).

You will train in two good schools with the opportunity to work alongside professionals in a practical and theoretical way.  You will be part of a team from the very start, receiving intensive support from experienced teachers and mentors.

We are able to sponsor trainees to cover the QTS fees (£7,250). Trainees opting to complete the PGCE alongside QTS need to pay an additional £1,500 fees.

We can offer you:

•             A nurturing learning environment where all are respected and valuedhttps://www.st-andrews.oxon.sch.uk/images/270x180c/menu/annette.jpg

•             Caring, well behaved and respectful children with positive attitudes to learning

•             An opportunity to work as part of an effective and supportive team

•             A commitment to all levels of staff training and development

•             Attractive, purpose-built classrooms with extensive outdoor areas


You will need to be:

•             An enthusiastic trainee with high expectations of achievement and behaviour

•             Committed to the Christian ethos and values of the school

•             Passionate about learning

•             Able to work well as a member of a team

•             Someone with excellent communication and interpersonal skills

•             Ambitious, energetic and hardworking


Would you like to be part of our exciting, happy and forward-thinking school?  Visits to the school are warmly welcomed.


How to Apply


Apply via Apply https://www.gov.uk/apply-for-teacher-training leading to QTS, course code: 2DD

Please contact Kendra Gerrish on the school telephone number 01844 351353 or email the school office: office.3182@st-andrews.oxon.sch.uk for further details, to find out when the next round of interviews is being held, or to arrange a visit to the school.

You can find courses on this website: https://www.gov.uk/find-postgraduate-teacher-training-courses


Course Codes:

E191 Primary PGCE with QTS (ages 5-11/Years 1-6, KS1 and KS2)

2YRM QTS only (ages 5-11/Years 1-6, KS1 and KS2)

M131 Primary PGCE with QTS (ages 3-7/Early Years, Foundation Stage and KS1)

Y168 QTS only (ages 3-7/Early Years, Foundation Stage and KS1)



Financing the Role

For some trainees, there is a range of financial support available:

  • Maintenance Grants
  • Maintenance Loans
  • Childcare Grants
  • Parents’ Learning Allowance
  • Disabled Students’ Allowance

For a full list of the grants and loans available, eligibility criteria and an online finance calculator or to apply for one of these grants/loans online, please visit: www.gov.uk

Alternatively, you may choose to pay the tuition fee out of private funds.

Person Specification





Qualifications and Experience


You need a degree to gain qualified teacher status (QTS)


A standard equivalent to a GCSE grade C / grade 4 in Mathematics, English and a Science subject


A minimum of 2 weeks work experience within a school


You have to complete an audit in numeracy and literacy before you begin your teacher training.


Experience of more than one year group across the primary school age


Teaching and Learning


Awareness of the relevant procedures for the safeguarding of children



A good understanding and competence in IT


High expectations of positive pupil behaviour


A willingness to understand and know the New National Curriculum and other statutory requirements


Enthusiasm to plan, organise and deliver an appropriate curriculum



The ability to work effectively with the individual


needs of all children



To work with a Class Teacher to follow Assessment procedures including monitoring, evaluating and


recording of individual children’s records to be used


for target setting and tracking



A strong commitment to raising standards through


teaching and classroom management



Well organised with high expectations of themselves


and the children



Show the potential for effective teaching and learning styles that help to create a happy, challenging and


effective learning environment



Understand the importance of providing a stimulating learning environment, both indoors and out.


Personal skills and qualities


An ability to communicate and empathise with children and adults at all levels


A positive, enthusiastic approach to learning and gaining new skills through teamwork and training opportunities.



Willingness to contribute to the wider school community, for example, after school clubs/assemblies.


To be creative, have the drive and enthusiasm to be



a good team player




To have good organisational skills and be reliable in



fulfilling commitments




To set standards and provide a role model for pupils and staff




A commitment to continuing professional development



A willingness to support out of hours learning




Adapt to changing circumstances and new ideas




Committed to the values of the school



Ability to maintain confidentiality




Have a sense of humour and perspective



Professional Skills Tests

Applicants applying for the 2023-24 cohort do not need to pass a skills test. However, a Maths and Literacy audit form part of the interview process. This will enable us to identify gaps to be covered during your training year.

For information about professional skills tests, and for a flavour of the audit, please click here


International Qualifications

If you have received your qualifications abroad, you will need to check that they are equivalent to UK qualifications.  You can check your eligibility and obtain a ‘Statement of Comparability’ via UK ENIC: https://www.enic.org.uk/