About Us

Kernow Initial Teacher Education (KITE) is a committed and principled group of schools and professionals who share a common vision. KITE have a shared, moral purpose which aims to get the best possible outcomes for all the children and young people, no matter what their starting points in life are.

KITE’s central team and training facilities, are situated in the coastal town of Newquay, which is conveniently situated approximately 10 minutes away from the A30 and 10 minutes away from the coast which offers a number of golden beaches, bars and breathtaking walks.

We work in partnership with several Trusts and schools across Cornwall, which include Kernow learning (19 primary schools), CELT (9 primary schools) and WAVE (alternative provision). Like KITE, all partner schools are fully committed to the ethos of ‘growing our own teachers.’ Collectively we work hard to ensure that every trainee leaves us feeling confident and are competent as they enter the teaching profession.

If you are a graduate who would like to live and train to be a primary school teacher in the beautiful county of Cornwall, then we would like to hear from you!

We are seeking individuals who want to make a difference and are fully committed to improving the outcomes and lives of all pupils. You need to be energetic, hard working, organised, creative and inspiring! Successful applicants will begin their training in September 2022.

So, why choose us?

From application, through to graduation, we ensure that trainees are supported every step of the way, at a professional, academic, and pastoral level.

Our cohorts are small in size which means that strong, supportive relationships are developed between KITE colleagues and trainees. 

We place trainees with outstanding practitioners who are committed to supporting and training individuals new to the profession.

KITE is committed to providing outstanding training which is led by experienced experts in their field; these include headteachers, senior leaders, specialist leaders in education, curriculum leads and external educational consultants.

All colleagues will support the mental health and well-being of all trainees as we recognise and understand that everyone’s personal circumstances are unique and therefore everyone is treated as an individual.

We ensure that all trainees are well prepared and organised when preparing to apply for jobs, for example we offer support in writing letters of application, provide mock interviews and ensure that trainees are the first to know about vacancies within the schools that we work with.

All trainees engage in a full induction day in July which helps to prepare them for the start of term in September and it also gives them the opportunity to get to meet other trainees.

If you would like to read and hear what the trainees have to say about their experiences with us, then please visit the testimonial page!