About Us

About Us

“Supportive and tailored training of teachers for the future!”

As an accredited provider of teacher training, we are committed to training OUTSTANDING teachers to work within the East Midlands region. From the point of receiving an application we are committed to supporting individuals through the teacher training process and into their career as a teacher.  You will be trained alongside experienced teachers in the best primary and secondary schools, in a supportive and aspirational environment to prepare you for a life-long successful career.

Our comprehensive one year School Direct Training Programme is offered for both Primary and Secondary trainees, as well as a salaried option in certain subjects.

We offer Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) + PGCE (with 60 credits at Masters Level with Sheffield Hallam University).

Our trainees follow a SCHOOL BASED teacher training programme and work alongside experienced teachers. Trainees are supported by expert teaching professionals and outstanding teachers to support subject specific teaching. Our training is unique in that all training is tailored to individual needs, to ensure all trainees make at least good progress against the teacher standards. Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham works in partnership with a range of schools situated in Nottingham, and Nottinghamshire to provide high quality initial teacher training.

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance Nottingham is part of Archway Learning Trust and its family of schools within the Trust.  We also work in partnership with a range of other schools situated in Nottingham, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire in the provision of high quality initial teacher training who share this vision with us, to work together in partnership, offering a range of diverse settings to support training and our Alliance.


Archway Learning Trust was formed in May 2017 as a result of the very long and successful history of Bluecoat Academy, Bluecoat Academies Trust, and The Nottingham Emmanuel School.

Our aim is to provide an excellent education for young people in the City of Nottingham, to be recognised nationally and internationally as we develop our innovative approach to inclusive, enriching and balanced cross curricular teaching, preparing young people for lifelong learning based firmly on our Christian principles.


We have a history of very successful exam results and pride ourselves on creating a curriculum for each student that gives them the best possible opportunities to succeed whilst maintaining our commitment to a broad and balanced curriculum.

Teaching and learning lie at the heart of the Academy with considerable time and energy devoted to supporting our staff in becoming outstanding teachers.

Underpinning all of this is our Christian belief. We work closely with the Diocese of Southwell and Nottingham as Bluecoat is a Church of England Academy. At its heart is the belief that all students are unique and valued by God. Our mission statement: ‘Believe; in yourself, in others, in God’, sums up what we stand for. We are truly inclusive and pride ourselves on the wide range of students that attend our academy with a truly diverse intake. We have received national recognition for the work we do with students who have special educational needs.


Bluecoat Beechdale Academy formerly joined the Trust on 1 April 2014, and is built around the three ideas of Belong, Believe and AchieveBy deliberately helping students to embed this ethos in their character, we equip our students to take this mindset confidently into a successful future.  We encourage students to have self-belief so that they dare to set themselves ambitious goals for their education, career and life as a whole.


The Trust opened a new primary for children aged 3-11 years old in January 2015 which represents the next stage in the Trust’s growth. The primary school is an integral part of Bluecoat Academy benefitting from the Christian ethos, all the shared services and vibrancy of the well-established school and staffing body.


Is a Church of England Academy; a distinctive educational community for all based upon Christian faith and values. Our core mission is “to enable children to encounter great learning, develop great character and become great servant-leaders.

The School Direct programme allows top graduates, or those who have been working in a career, to combine teacher training with learning on the job.

For successful candidates it offers tax free bursaries and scholarships are available

Applications are via the UCAS website

Further information is available on the Academy website or from the Department for Education

Contact Us

Bluecoat SCITT Alliance
Bluecoat Aspley Academy
Aspley Lane

E-mail: itt@bluecoat.uk.com
Tel: 0115 900 7230

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