Oundle embraces HMC Teacher Training programme
18th December 2014

 The new salaried route to teacher training in the independent sector

 Oundle School is one of the first independent schools to embrace the new HMC Teacher Training programme (HMCTT), with plans to offer vacancies in a number of subjects commencing September 2015.

The scheme has been introduced by HMC (The Headmasters’ and Headmistresses’ Conference), a professional Association of Heads of the world’s leading independent schools. Within the scheme, training and induction will take place ‘on the job’ in a two-year salaried post within an HMC independent senior school (with a pupil age of 11+ or 13+ depending on the school) and lead to a PGCE qualification.

Trainees will be in the classroom with a reduced teaching timetable, giving time for preparing lessons, continuing professional development, study towards the PGCE and other induction and mentoring. They may teach their specialist subject and will also be encouraged to take part in the extra-curricular activities that are so important to school life, enabling them to be part of the school community throughout their training period.

Trainees will broaden their experience through placements at other schools – both HMC schools and partner schools within the maintained sector. They also receive continuous support from their colleagues, from in-school mentors, from HMC, and fellow trainees on the HMC Teacher Training programme, through training and networking opportunities offered both online and face to face.

Employer schools will place trainees on a PGCE course, provided in most cases by the University of Buckingham, and trainees will complete their PGCE within the first year of the HMC Teacher Training programme. The employer school will pay for the PGCE, statutory induction, and other CPD offered by the HMC Teacher Training programme, and the trainee will not be required to contribute to these costs directly.

During the second year of the programme, trainees will undertake statutory induction and networking events provided by the Independent Schools’ Teacher Induction Panel, as well as further training and professional development provided and delivered by HMC.

With 100 positions to be filled by young teachers-to-be by September 2015, a broad education will continue to be developed, up and down the country.

Headmaster, Charles Bush commented, “This HMCTT scheme is exciting and will focus the minds of potential new teachers to find posts in independent schools, to be trained extremely well, and to be launched on a teaching career.  All schools need well trained new teachers to ensure they continue improving and this scheme will assist all HMC schools with their recruitment processes.”

Applications are open for HMCTT:


Background Information on Oundle School

Oundle School is situated in the quintessentially English market town of Oundle, about 90 miles north of London. The School’s buildings, dating from the 17th to the 21st centuries, are dispersed throughout the town, which is, to a large extent, its campus.

The School’s history dates back to 1556, when Sir William Laxton, Master of the Worshipful Company of Grocers and Lord Mayor of London, endowed and re-founded the original Oundle Grammar School, of which he was a former pupil. In 1876, the Grocer’s Company divided the School into two parts; Laxton Grammar School, primarily for the inhabitants of the town, and Oundle School, primarily for pupils from further afield. In 2000, the Grocers’ Company reunited the two schools under the common name of Oundle School and retained the name of Laxton for the day House.

At the beginning of the 20th century, Oundle was put firmly on the map of leading English public schools by its most famous headmaster, F W Sanderson, who established Oundle’s reputation as one of the great science and engineering schools, a reputation still renowned today. In 2007, SciTec - a major and ground-breaking new science complex - opened, housing 16 state-of-the-art laboratories. The School is now embarking on a large SciTec Campus development project which will see a new Mathematics department constructed adjacent to SciTec as well as a significant upgrade to the Design and Technology department within the Patrick Engineering Centre. Due for completion in September 2016, the development will unite Science, Mathematics, Design, Technology and Engineering both physically and philosophically, enabling pupils to move seamlessly from theory to practice and from pure science to the achievement of a workable technology. A concurrent Sports Masterplan will upgrade sporting facilities across the School over the next few years, including a new 1st XI cricket pavilion due to open April 2015. 

There are currently 1110 pupils on roll at Oundle School, with 850 boarders and 250 day pupils. Also within the Corporation of Oundle School is Laxton Junior School, a day School for children aged 4 to 11. 

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