Meet the Team

Ann Pugh – Director of The GUTP

Ann has worked with the Scheme for many years and has taken on just about every role there is within The GUTP - she has been a School Based Tutor, the Subject Leader for MFL, the Deputy Director and now the Director of the course. Alongside this role, she is an experienced MFL teacher at Guilsborough Academy. Ann is particularly proud that during her management, the Scheme has been able to award Masters level credits to our trainees, alongside the award of a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) and the ability to gain Qualified-Teacher Status (QTS). Her role includes: developing the strategic vision of the Scheme, reporting regularly to the Governing Body, management of the rest of The GUTP Team, as well as lots of face-to-face support of the trainees.

Janet Dingvean – Primary Deputy Director of The GUTP

Janet helped to develop the Primary course - after being coaxed out of retirement! Janet had been a Primary Headteacher for many years and has drawn upon that wealth of experience of working with teachers, NQTs and trainee teachers to develop a course to suit the needs of trainee primary teachers. Janet says that upon joining the Scheme, she was particularly impressed with the purpose-built training centre and with our inclusive approach to applicants – all ages are welcome! Her role includes: co-ordinating the Primary Training Programme, forging links with primary schools within the local area, interviewing prospective candidates for teacher training and, of course, lots of face-to-face contact with the Primary trainees.

Nathan Richardson – Deputy Director of The GUTP

Nathan divides his time between teaching Secondary School children the magic of Shakespeare & poetry and working with the trainee teachers who are enrolled with The GUTP.  As a former trainee and English School Based Tutor, Nathan has been involved with The GUTP from the very beginning of his teaching career. He says that it is the school-based nature of the course – and the fact that trainees have School Based Tutors who are current teachers in our associated schools – which makes the Scheme so successful. Nathan's role includes: training the School Based Tutors to ensure consistency across the Scheme; training the trainees, helping to give them a sound base of pedagogical knowledge and ideas about good practice to apply in their own teaching; and helping to organise the training programme across the subjects by liaising with our Subject Leaders.

Ruth Scott – Business Manager of The GUTP & Teaching School

Ruth is another experienced member of the team, having been with the Scheme since 2007. Ruth says she has seen the Scheme grow to offer training in more subjects such as Geography, Computing and Physical Education, and to offer Primary teacher training in recent years, alongside the long-established training for English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, MFL (Spanish, German & French), Business Studies and History. Ruth's role includes: finance & administration, management of the office and advising on the strategic vision of The GUTP and the Teaching School.

Tracey Oakley – Recruitment & Administrative Officer

For most of our applicants, Tracey is the first person they come into contact with when applying for a place with The GUTP.  All of our applicants comment on how helpful, organised and friendly Tracey is in guiding them through these initial stages. Tracey says that if you are looking to apply but need more information then email or call The GUTP and she can help you through the process. Tracey’s role includes interfacing with UCAS, processing applications, organising interviews, arranging DBS checks and so much more.




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Telephone: 01327 350284 ext 253.