A unique career opportunity.

Whether you’re a recent graduate, or looking to transfer your skills and experience into a career in teaching, The Gorse Academies Trust is looking to recruit ambitious trainee teachers with a background in rowing.

Through its Outstanding-rated SCITT programme, Gorse is building a team of exceptional teacher-coaches who want to bring their passion for rowing into a career in teaching. These teachers will be the backbone of The Gorse Boat Club, and Gorse are looking for the very best candidates to inspire their students and help them achieve at the highest level.


A candidate’s potential future employment within the Trust will be greatly supported by the impact they have on the programme in their year on the SCITT programme. Gorse will be looking for those candidates wishing to stay on at the Trust once they are qualified to continue to drive the programme forward.


Our partners, Leeds Rowing Club, occupy the same boathouse as TGBC, and you will be encouraged to continue your own rowing with Leeds RC if that is something you would like to do.

Why train with GORSE?

In January 2018, Gorse SCITT was recognised by OFSTED as being Outstanding in all aspects of its work: this made it the only entirely Outstanding provider across the Yorkshire region.

The Gorse SCITT offers potential trainees the opportunity to train to teach in excellent schools in the Leeds area which are either part of the successful Gorse Academies Trust or in close alliance with it.


The Gorse training programme runs from September 2019 to June 2020. During this time, trainees will have two placements: an “Initial Experience Phase” from September to February, and a “Sustained Enactment Phase” which runs from February to July.


As an accredited provider of Initial Teacher Training, Gorse SCITT is pleased to offer a programme which leads to QTS and PGCE. Gorse SCITT confers QTS on their very successful trainees which becomes a full PGCE through the Masters level work completed with University of Sunderland.

Gorse is looking for someone who...

  • has high moral purpose in their desire to become a teacher

  • demonstrates excellent subject knowledge and has the ability to apply this to support the pupils they teach

  • sets clear targets for their future progression as a teacher and a leader

  • as a rower, cox or coach, is competitive and goal-orientated with a love for the sport

  • is motivated by the unique opportunity to create a performance rowing culture in communities characterised by socio-economic disadvantage

  • goes the extra mile, gives discretionary effort, and is excited to play a key role in driving the programme forwards

There are four entries routes to Gorse SCITT

  1. SCITT (traditional route): A one year programme leading to QTS and PGCE. A 9K tuition fee is charged for this.

  2. SCITT Salaried: The same programme as Option 1 but, instead of a 9K tuition fee, trainees receive a salary. These places are reserved for people who have 3-5 years school experience, such as Cover Supervisors or a Teaching Assistants.

  3. Assessment only: This route is for people employed in a Cover Supervisor role or Teaching Assistant role and are currently working in a school. They do get QTS but no PGCE.

  4. The Apprentice Route: This is Gorse’s newest route. This is a four-term programme and an apprenticeship levy can be used to fund the costs.

Getting started.

A unique selling point of Gorse SCITT is that the Trust can facilitate up to 2 weeks’ school experience in one of its schools to enhance and support a candidate’s application. Gorse has available dates on its School Experience portal which is accessed via the NCTL website.


This period of school experience can include up to two days working with the rowing programme, shadowing and contributing to indoor sessions (both within and outside the curriculum) and/or on-water sessions too.


If you contact the Trust directly, bespoke arrangements can be made. We strongly advise that anyone thinking of applying to Gorse takes up this opportunity.