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Five Towns ITT Partnership

The Five Towns ITT Partnership offers you the opportunity to train through the School Direct initiative in a range of schools across Wakefield and the Five Towns (Castleford, Wakefield, Normanton, Pontefract and Featherstone). Training with us guarantees that you will gain the benefit of in-school experience with outstanding teachers together with professional studies sessions hosted by a team of talented academics at our partner institutions: Leeds Beckett University and the University of Huddersfield. Our partnership encompasses a range of schools so you’ll benefit from a contrasting school experience and have the chance to forge links and network with other trainees and staff across the schools.

We are looking for ambitious and committed individuals with a passion for their subject  and a desire to share their enthusiasm to inspire young people. If you have these qualities,  coupled with a relentless focus on securing the best outcomes for young people, we would encourage you to apply to train with us.

Our placement schools

All of our schools are truly comprehensive and will provide you with the opportunity to work with young people of all abilities and ages. Our partnership is continually growing and we are keen to work with schools and academies which share our ethos.

We are currently offering placements at the following schools:


Schools across the Castleford Academy Trust, Northern Ambition Academies Trust, South Parade Primary School


Available places

We currently have places for 2021 – 22 available in the following subjects:

Primary 5 – 11

Secondary 11-16 (in partnership with Leeds Beckett University)

Secondary  in partnership with the University of Huddersfield

Entry Requirements:

Minimum degree classification: 2:2 plus, ideally, evidence of experience in a UK school or setting relevant to primary or secondary education.

If applying for secondary, you should have a degree in which the majority of the content was in your chosen teaching subject. We will look carefully at all applications, and will recommend candidates for a Subject Knowledge Enhancement Course, if appropriate.

We are happy to support potential applicants with arranging further school experience through the school experience programme.


All applicants for primary training places must have grade 4 (C) passes in GCSE English Language, Maths and Science (or equivalent) before making their application.

Secondary applicants must have grade 4 (C) passes (or equivalent) in GCSE English Language & Maths.

Professional Qualification

Our training course will include a PGCE from either Leeds Beckett University or the University of Huddersfield with recommendation for QTS (dependent upon the course and route chosen).

Trainees will be members of the respective universities and as such will be able to access all university facilities.

How to apply

You can apply directly on:

Want to know more? Get in touch at:

Five Towns ITT Partnership

Castleford Academy

Ferrybridge Road


WF10 4JQ

T: 01977 605060

Email:​ Follow us on Twitter @FiveTownsITT