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About Prestolee SCITT

We are Prestolee SCITT, a Greater Manchester Primary ITT provider who has been delivering high-quality teacher training since our accreditation in 2015. Recently graded Outstanding by Ofsted (July 2023), our excellent and dedicated team will help you discover who you are as a teacher, providing you with the necessary challenge to ensure you are an outstanding practitioner. We are passionate about transforming talented individuals into outstanding teachers who will go on to make a real difference in the outcomes for children in their local area, giving them the best chances in life. 

Our Vision and Values

A culture of excellence is promoted within our schools, for both staff, trainees and pupils alike. We do this by focusing on our four key values. 


We support and value our staff, our children, our trainees and our wider school communities.


We embrace new teaching ideas and progressive ways of working.


We learn from each other and solve problems as a wider team.


We harness the power of diversity and use it to learn and grow.

Our Journey

Innovating in Education for 100 Years

The man who started #TeamPresto

Edward (Teddy) F. O'Neill

Edward (Teddy) F. O’Neill was the Headteacher of Prestolee Primary School from 1919-1953 and a pioneer of innovative teaching. Not afraid of backlash from the Local Authority, he battled on with his belief that children required freedom, trust and discovery to learn.


In addition to breaking with the tradition of the same-old route, Prestolee Primary School developed a community centre called the ‘Palace of Youth’; a playground constructed by the children containing a windmill, water gardens and a paddling pool. A yearly calendar of community events and widely attended illuminations. The school, the Headmaster and his innovative systems gained national recognition, and in 1950 Teddy received an MBE for his services to education.

Edward (Teddy) F. O'Neill, former headteacher of Prestolee Primary School.
Trainees during a session on reading.

Facilitating Excellence

We continue to aim high and be at the forefront of educational innovation, connecting with the community and committing to improving educational life and outcomes for all pupils. 

This passion for educational innovation drove the creation of Prestolee SCITT. After many years of leading initial teacher training as a School Direct Lead School, Prestolee SCITT received accreditation in 2015 and we began delivering our own curriculum for teacher training in Bolton and Bury. 

From here, our ambition has only grown, expanding our initial teacher training with the creation of our Tameside hub. 

Under the strong support of Michael Tonge, CEO of Prestolee Multi-Academy Trust, we continue to evolve and develop as we strive to create a hub of teaching excellence, providing exceptional opportunities and training for teachers and enabling the very best educational and life outcomes for pupils. Our outstanding teacher training has led to a number of our graduates progressing into teaching within our Trust schools and beyond.

But what is a SCITT?

SCITT stands for 'School-Centred Initial Teacher Training'. What this means is that we have been given government accreditation to run our own training courses and design our our curriculum for teacher training. This means we are able to design and adapt our programmes to ensure they are current and relevant, utilising the vast knowledge and work of our multi-academy trust to provide the best outcomes for our trainee teachers.

It also means that schools are at the heart of our training. Our centre-based training aligns with your placement experiences, allowing you to understand and embed your learning through hands-on experience. This means we believe that school-led initial teacher training is the best option for all those wanting to teach, regardless of your background.

Whether you are a graduating university student or a career changer with years of work experience, our teacher training could be the right path for you!

Train with one of the oldest, most innovative and well-respected education establishments in Greater Manchester.

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