School Direct

St Louis Catholic Academy is now a Lead Training School for School Direct working in Partnership with St Mary’s University, Twickenham. Working with the Western Area Pyramid of Catholic Schools we are able to provide opportunities for teacher training initially but with a longer term commitment to developing teachers and leaders for our schools in the Catholic Diocese of East Anglia.

On 23rd January 2014, St Mary’s University College, Twickenham, was awarded full university title by the Privy Council and became St Mary’s University, Twickenham.

Established in 1850 as a Catholic teacher training college, St Mary’s has a long-standing reputation for academic excellence and the granting of university title is an exciting milestone in its history.

With an original intake of just six students, St Mary’s has now grown to around 5,000 undergraduate and postgraduate students across the four academic Schools. To find out more click here.

We are excited to be working with St Mary’s. Students will benefit from the following:-

  •  You will be working in partnership with an ‘Outstanding’ (March 2011) provider for both Secondary and Primary provision.
  • They have a long standing tradition and proven excellence in providing initial teacher training since 1850.
  • Opportunity to work within a professional community to provide excellence in practice and pedagogy.
  • Opportunity for knowledge exchange and cooperation between educators, teachers and academies.
  • They can offer a wide range of specialisms and primary provision at Key Stage 1 and 2.

Students will be based at St Mary’s but will spend their 15 weeks placement (9 weeks plus 6 weeks) in one of the West Suffolk Catholic schools in the Western Area Pyramid.

The Western Area Pyramid of Catholic Schools consists of 6 schools; St Benedict’s High School, St Louis Catholic Academy, St Edmunds Primary School, St Felix Primary School, St Josephs Primary School and St Louis Middle School. Placements for the academic Year beginning September 2015 will be at St Louis Catholic Academy in Newmarket and St Edmunds Primary School in Bury St Edmunds.

Applications can be made by following the St Mary’s link above or through UCAS at