George Abbot SCITT is a highly respected and well-established training provider working with a wide partnership of schools across Surrey.

With 18 years’ experience leading ITT, George Abbot SCITT is an Ofsted Outstanding provider offering practical training in a variety of schools, with experienced practitioners to mentor you through the course.

We lead the way!

In 2012 we were one of only two providers in the UK to have been asked by the DfE to lead the way in the future of teacher training in schools and run and develop the new SCITT programme.

In 2014/15 we became the only SCITT in the UK to be offering the innovative Researchers in Schools (RIS) programme in partnership with The Brilliant Club. Following our success the programme has now been rolled out across the UK. We have also developed a part time route to QTS and an SEN Specialist training programme in partnership with SEND Teaching School.

We believe in knowledge sharing.

We believe the best place to train teachers effectively in the highly complex art of teaching is in schools and the close links within the partnership provide trainees with a broad spectrum of experiences. Trainees meet for weekly training sessions, this enables them to share good practice and discuss their experiences in the different schools. Formal academic lectures and training sessions are delivered by serving teachers and experts in various fields.

Where you will be based

You will be based at one of the partner schools listed below for the majority of your training year, with the opportunity for an experience in a contrasting school for six weeks (four weeks for all salaried routes). All trainees will also have a one week experience in a Special School.

All main placements for the School Direct Unsalaried programme will be in partner schools graded ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. They include schools designated as ‘Teaching Schools’ in recognition of their excellent staff training and development programmes.

The list of partner schools we work with changes every year.  If you have links to a school not listed below, get in touch.  We are always happy to work with different schools.

Our Secondary programme main placement schools:

George Abbot School, Guildford

Fullbrook School, West Byfleet

West Hill Special School, Leatherhead

Heathside School,Weybridge

Tomlinscote School, Frimley

Guildford County School

Woking High School

Hinchley Wood School

Christ’s College, Guildford

Winston Churchill School, Woking

The Priory School, Dorking

Blenheim High School, Epsom

Therfield School, Leatherhead

The Magna Carta School, Staines-on-Thames

Broadwater School, Godalming

Rodborough School, Milford

Collingwood College, Camberley

Glebelands School, Cranleigh

Esher CofE High School

Kings College, Guildford

Click here to see a map of our secondary school locations

Our Primary partner schools:

Boxgrove Primary School, Guildford

Sandfield Primary School, Guildford

St Thomas of Canterbury School, Guildford

Pyrford Primary School

Ashley Primary School, Walton-on-Thames

Wonersh and Shamley Green Primary School

Tillingbourne Junior School, Chilworth

Milford Infants School, Godalming

Onslow Infants School, Guildford

Loseley Fields Primary School, Godalming

Queen Eleanors Primary School

Worplesdon Primary School

Plaistow and Kirdford Primary School

Wood Street Infant School

Reigate Parish Church School

West Ashtead Primary School

Bushy Hill Junior School, Guildford

Burpham Primary School, Guildford

St Joseph’s Catholic Primary School, Guildford

Guildford Grove Primary School, Guildford

Walton Oak School, Walton-on-Thames

Ashley Primary School, Walton on Thames

Bisley CofE Primary School

Lyne & Longcross CofE Primary School

Pond Meadow School

Horsell Village School

The Hermitage School, Woking

Click here to see a map of our Primary school locations

Associate partner schools:

Royal Grammar School, Guildford

City of London Freemans School

Cranleigh School

Sir William Perkins School

Danes Hill School

St Georges College, Weybridge

St Georges Prep School, Weybridge



“I often look back to the day I was interviewed and think how lucky I am to be given a place here on the course. It has been one of the hardest things I have ever done, but also one of the most rewarding as now I have a job doing something I really enjoy.”

“The entire SCITT Team have made the whole experience not only mentally stimulating but thoroughly enjoyable to be part of.”

“I was promoted into my position of Head of Department at Easter during my NQT year. I felt my training with George Abbot put me in a very strong position from which to build. In particular, I feel the rigorous training I had in medium and long term planning really helped me make this transition. I’m really proud of completing my ITT at George Abbot and feel a debt of gratitude for the quality of training I received.”

“The training was consistently of a really good quality and we covered a wide range of relevant areas. The programme is professionally and efficiently run, with supportive staff, and aims to meet the individual needs of all trainees.”