Meet The Team
Peter SmithStrategic Lead
Peter is Senior Deputy Headteacher at Farlingaye High School, a large outstanding secondary school and is responsible for staffing, CPD and co-ordination of provision for NQT and trainees within the school. He is also the Co - Director of Farlingaye & Kesgrave Teaching School Alliance and has led the EAST SCITT since its inception and subsequent accreditation as an ITT provider. Peter has been teaching 18 years and has spent the last ten at senior leadership level. As well as teaching history in a wide variety of Suffolk schools across the full Ofsted range of grading he has engaged in a variety of professional opportunities including writing several textbooks, delivering CPD on a local and national level and a role as a senior examiner. In every role throughout his career he has worked with trainee teachers and is passionate about developing the next generation of teachers.
As Strategic Lead he is responsible for supporting the SCITT Director in all aspects of leadership and the growth and vision of EAST SCITT. Additionally, he works with East Anglian Schools Trust to establish the educational vision and values within EAST SCITT compliment and align with the national teacher training priorities.
Kerensa is the Director of East SCITT and a teacher of English at Farlingaye High School, a large outstanding secondary school. Kerensa has been teaching for 20 years and worked in several roles in Initial Teacher Training and with Newly Qualified Teachers including as SCITT Senior Trainer and School Professional Tutor. Before assuming the role of SCITT Director, she was Head of English at Farlingaye High School. Kerensa is a strong advocate of school-centred initial teacher training and believes that beginning teachers are best nurtured by the experience and expertise of practising teachers.
As Director she is responsible for overseeing the day to day workings of the training programmes that we deliver as well as working with East Anglian Schools Trust to establish the educational vision and values that underpin our work.
Louise EverittPrimary Strategic Link
Louise is Headteacher at Springfield Junior School, a 3 form entry outstanding Junior School in Ipswich. For the last 5 years, she has been the Strategic Lead for Springfield Teaching School Alliance and has been privileged to support EAST SCITT in the development of the Primary Programme. Louise has almost 20 years experience across Ipswich schools, teaching different ages and in a range of leadership positions. As part of her work for the Teaching School, she has delivered CPD on a number of areas of expertise and supported colleagues to improve their practice - from trainees and NQTs to leaders establishing their roles.
As Primary Strategic Link she is responsible for supporting the Primary Lead in all aspects of the smooth running of the Primary element of EAST SCITT.
Helen MillsonPrimary Lead
Helen is currently Maths Lead at Springfield Junior School, a 3 form entry outstanding Junior School in Ipswich. Having completed her training in 2012, Helen has taught across the primary age range, gaining most experience in Upper Key Stage 2. She has undertaken a number of roles in school, leading different subject areas and then becoming a year group leader. For the last 7 years, she has worked extensively with trainees and early career teachers by providing in school mentoring and support. Helen thrives on working with trainees and watching them grow into classroom practitioners. She is a Specialist Leader in Education for the Springfield Teaching School Alliance. As part of her work for the Teaching School, she has delivered a range of CPD for early career teachers and supported colleagues to improve their practice - from trainees and NQTs to leaders establishing their roles. Helen is an expert in mathematics, having completed her Mathematics Specialist Teacher (MaST) training with Northampton University in 2016.
As Primary Lead, she is responsible for day to day responsibility for all primary elements of EAST SCITT. These include selection & recruitment, management of the primary programmes, delivery & training, assessment and quality assurance. Helen works closely with the SCITT Director and Primary Lead to support the overall vision and the future growth of EAST SCITT.
Jenny is our SCITT Coordinator, she joined Kesgrave High School in 2008 and has been an integral member of the Farlingaye & Kesgrave Teaching School Alliance since 2011. Her present role encompasses the operational coordination of the SCITT. Jenny has been a driving force in the establishment of the SCITT, from the early meetings with the DfE through to the arduous bid writing and review process. As well as an extensive knowledge of all things SCITT/UCAS related, Jenny takes pride in the supportive nurturing of applicants from their first early enquiries to acceptance onto the programme.
Her role includes supporting the Director and Primary Lead with coordination of all EAST SCITT activities such as communication with applicants, SCITT tutors and placement schools; organisation of recruitment and selection days; marketing strategy and finance.