School Direct

Teaching is, undoubtedly, one of the most rewarding vocations and the Emmanuel Teaching School Alliance (ETSA) provides an excellent start to a career in teaching. We believe there is a great deal to celebrate within the profession and we are devoted to making a difference in the lives of young people. 

Through our commitment to train passionate highly-motivated experts, we ensure that the most talented teachers will serve our children for generations to come. We offer superb Initial Teacher Training (ITT) to graduates and career changers wanting to join the teaching profession. Schools within the alliance have a reputation for outstanding leaders and inspirational teachers who enable students to achieve their personal best and exceed expectations.

We believe that the best place to train is in the classroom; we give trainee teachers the opportunity to be at the heart of school life from the very first day of the academic year, where they will be fully supported by classroom teachers, mentors and professional tutors throughout their training. 

ETSA and their partners have more than twenty years’ experience in school-led ITT, working with a range of universities across the country. School Direct is a training course which blends together in-school training with research-led practice undertaken at universities.

Our School Direct programme, which started in September 2013, allows high calibre trainee teachers to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS) and a PGCE at Masters Level with Newcastle University; we have worked with this institution for many years and have developed strong relationships which ensure that all of our trainees’ training needs are met.


ETSA Primary (Key Stage 1 and 2) ITE partners:

St Paul’s C of E Primary School, Newcastle
Oakfield Infant and Junior Schools Federation, Gateshead
Bede Academy (South), Northumberland
Castletown Primary School, Sunderland


ETSA Secondary (Key Stage 3, 4 and 5) ITE partners:

Emmanuel College, Gateshead
Bede Academy (North), Northumberland 
Castle View Enterprise Academy, Sunderland
The King’s Academy, Middlesbrough
Trinity Academy, Doncaster 


Enquiries or visits to the schools within ETSA are most welcome, please email Carole Clark or call 0191 461 4167.

If you want to find out further information about ETSA then please click here.



Executive Head Teacher: Mrs J Jacques
Head of Infant School: Mrs C Ackerley
Head of Junior School: Mr M Thompson

Infant School
0191 487 0354
SENCo: Mrs Ackerley
Admin Officer: Mrs Gair

Junior School
Tel: 0191 433 4086
SENCo: Mrs Simpson
Admin Officer: Mrs Routledge

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