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About FIPC

Teaching is an exciting and rewarding profession. Whether you are changing career or graduating from university, if you are looking for a career in teaching then Forest Independent Primary Collegiate (FIPC) could be a major factor in helping you to achieve that objective. The FIPC partnership schools lie within the London Boroughs of Waltham Forest, Redbridge, Enfield, and the counties of Hertfordshire and Essex. Their varied geographical backgrounds enable trainees to gain an understanding of schools serving both rural and urban communities. 

Currently we are based in Limes Avenue Chigwell and our training takes places at a variety of schools across our partnership. This creates a community dedicated to teaching and learning. 

FIPC offers two routes into teaching, the SCITT PGCE route and the School Direct route. 

At present, our PGCE programme is validated by Middlesex University which means that the programme is quality assured by Middlesex University and you will receive a Middlesex University PGCE award on successful completion. During the course you will have placements at two different mainstream schools and experience in a special school. 

All our partnership schools have a very high commitment to Initial Teacher Training. We are active and rigorous in reviewing current practice and seeking ways to improve what we have to offer with a supporting network of mentors.

Forest Independent Primary Collegiate accredits the School Direct programmes for Hazelwood Schools, Teach in Redbridge (Churchfields Junior School, Gearies Primary School and Mayespark Primary School), The Spiral Partnership and NET Academies Trust

All Forest Independent Primary Collegiate graduates have secured employment by the end of the programme.

“Quality Teacher Training”

The FIPC Staff Team

Dr Helen J Tyler

Helen is the Course Director at Forest Independent Primary Collegiate.

Hazel Dorrington

Hazel is the Deputy Director at Forest Independent Primary Collegiate.

Linda Hollyman

Linda is the Finance Officer at Forest Independent Primary Collegiate.

Tracy Kilkenny

Tracy is the headteacher at Hazelwood Schools, the legal entity lead school for FIPC.