Mortimer Primary School has been the lead primary school for School Direct since 2016 working in partnership with Harton Academy as part of Teach North East. We are an Ofsted ‘Outstanding’ (2013) rated school and a thriving teaching school from 2014 to 2021. Our accredited provider is Northumbria University.

Who Are We

Gill Cunningham is Head teacher at Mortimer Primary School having previously been a class teacher and Deputy Head Teacher. She was heavily involved in the school gaining Teaching School status in 2014 and continues to be involved with the School Direct course interviewing and delivering in-house training. She has been a Specialist Leader of Education (SLE) and within the Teaching School currently a Regional System Leader (RSL).

Karen Mackay is Lead School Mentor for the School Direct Programme. Her role involves co-ordinating the course and compiling the training programme. She has been a class teacher at Mortimer since 2005 and has led the School Direct programme since 2016. Karen is a Special Leader of Education and delivers in-house training on the course as well as liaising with partner schools organising placements and monitoring student progress. Any questions regarding the course can be directed to [email protected] or 0191 4554504

Stef De Giorgio

Stef De Giorgio is coordinator for Teach North East, School Direct programme. Stef is responsible for managing the administration of the course, and is heavily involved in the administration of the whole training year as well as the recruitment process. She will deal with queries concerning applications, school experience days, interviews, pre-course information and financial matters and support the team with the overall operational running of the training year. Enquiries can be sent to: [email protected]