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Ark Burlington Danes Academy

Thank you for considering Ark Burlington Danes Academy, part of the Ark network of schools.

We serve pupils aged 11-18 from our local community in the borough of Hammersmith & Fulham. At Ark Burlington Danes Academy, 'we will be the ones to make our world a better place.’

Our school culture and core values act as the multiplier to make every decision, action and interaction stronger and more effective. We live and breathe these values, every minute of every day at BDA so every student is empowered to live a life that is purposeful, fulfilling and be the ones to make the world a better place.

Every single student at BDA will achieve outcomes that enable them to compete with anyone in society, regardless of any challenges that they face, by taking ownership of their actions and understanding that these will determine their future success and create their character as an individual.

We look forward to welcoming you at Ark Burlington Danes Academy!

About our school experience


- Introduction to Ark and school life at BDA
- Overview of Ark Teacher Training (with Q&A)
- Tour of the School
- Observe a lesson(s) followed by reflections on teaching*
- Student panel
- Observe break time routines (if appropriate)
- Chance to hear from a current trainee (if available)

*Please note: we will make every effort to visit lessons in relevant subjects for each attendee, however we cannot guarantee that you will observe a lesson in your teaching subject of interest.

Start and finish times
9:00am to 12:00pm - Flexible

This will be reviewed on a case by case basis, however the schedule for the day will run from 9am to 12pm.

Dress code

Business dress

Teacher training

Ark Teacher Training is a school-based teacher training programme that offers you the perfect mixture of theory and classroom practice, developing you into the best teacher you can be. At Ark, we believe that every child, regardless of their background, deserves to have access to a great education which is why we recruit the bright, motivated, and diverse graduates and career changers to train to teach with us.

We are very proud to be one of only a few teacher training providers across the UK to receive two consecutive ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted ratings in all categories, in 2017 and 2022. Unlike a university based PGCE, you will be based at an Ark school from day one, making a positive impact on your students while you train.

As a trainee teacher with Ark, you will benefit from:
- independent teaching
- team teaching
- co-planning
- professional studies training
- subject specific training
- 1:1 coaching and mentoring
- guidance and time built in to work on PGCE assignments (2 for the year)
-comprehensive training with bespoke support

By the end of your training year, you will have achieved QTS (Qualified Teacher Status), 60 credits towards a Master’s degree, and a PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education). Even better, you will be able to progress on to our highly supportive ECT (Early Career Teacher) Induction to continue developing and making a positive impact to your students. Better still, our programme is incredibly supportive – you will be trained by expert teachers and leaders and your wellbeing will be prioritised at all stages of your training.

All of this makes Ark Teacher Training the perfect start to your successful career in teaching.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course
    • Must have a degree
    • Photo identification: Driving licence or passport
    • Candidates must be eligible to work in the UK. We are unfortunately unable to accept candidates on/requiring the skilled worker/tier 2 work/any sponsorship visa.
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement dates

There are no upcoming dates


Wood Lane, London, W12 0HR
Map showing Ark Burlington Danes Academy

Not available on site

Unfortunately, we may not be able to accommodate on-site parking and therefore advise that you travel to our school using public transport as detailed below.

Arrive at our Du Crane Road entrance via:
1. White City (Central line) - 8 minute walk
2. Wood Lane (Hammersmith and City line, Circle line) - 15 minute walk
3. Local bus routes - there are a number of spots within a few minutes walk of the school

Disability and access details

We provide an inclusive environment for students, staff and school experience attendees with disability and access needs. We're happy to discuss your needs before or as part of your school experience request.

Access needs policy

Wood Lane, London, W12 0HR
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

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