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Whitburn Church of England Academy

Whitburn Church of England Academy is a highly successful School in a fantastic location on the North East Coast. We have a strong track record of training and developing teachers; many of our present staff were trained through our ITT programme.

We were graded Good by Ofsted in 2020 and have been awarded the World Class Schools Quality Mark Award, one of only 60 schools in England to gain the ’World Class’ designation. Students at all levels make excellent progress.

We provide a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with Durham SCITT. We provide outstanding support for teachers at the start of their careers and have extensive experience in providing exceptional training and development opportunities.

We actively encourage applicants, and those interested in teaching, to apply to our school volunteering programme. This offers potential applicants the chance to meet experienced staff and present trainees as well as receiving advice to enhance their application and guide them through the process of application and selection.

We have strong partnerships with local schools who provide a variety of placement opportunities in a supportive environment. Our partnership schools are all highly successful in their own right with excellent records in developing teachers.

About our school experience

Our subject specific school experience days provide you with the opportunity to discuss a career in teaching with senior leaders and teaching staff. It will provide with the chance to observe lessons in your chosen subject specialism, meet with current trainers and their mentors. We will also provide you full details of our school direct programme with PGCE - Level 7 Qualification and 60 Master credits. You will receive advice on personal statements, the application and selection process together with a school lunch. We do not charge any administration fees for attending school experience days. During your time with us, you will be chaperoned at all times. We do insist that you meet or are working towards our criteria as detailed in our programme – If you are require any further information please do not hesitate to contact
Start and finish times
8.30am to 3pm - Flexible

Please contact to discuss directly

Dress code

Business dress, Cover up tattoos

Teacher training

Durham SCITT

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
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

Dates to be agreed

School experience type
Both Virtual and In school


Whitburn, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR6 7EF
Map showing Whitburn Church of England Academy

Yes - on site parking provided

Main school car park on a first come first served basis

Whitburn, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, SR6 7EF
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Business studies
  • Chemistry
  • Communication and media studies
  • Computing
  • Design and technology
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Languages (other)
  • Maths
  • Music
  • Physical education
  • Physics
  • Religious education
  • Spanish