Whitburn Church of England Academy

Whitburn Church of England Academy is the lead secondary school in the Prince Bishops Teaching School Alliance.

We were again graded Outstanding by Ofsted in January 2018 and have recently been awarded the World Class Schools Quality Mark Award, one of only 60 schools in England to gain the ’World Class’ designation.

We provide a unique school based learning opportunity in partnership with Durham SCITT (School Centre Initial Teacher Training), graded Outstanding by Ofsted in 2014.
Whitburn Church of England Academy and its partner schools work closely with Durham SCITT to provide outstanding support for teachers at the start of their careers. We have extensive experience in providing exceptional training and development opportunities for our trainees.

Prince Bishops Teaching School Alliance, designated in 2014, is a unique partnership between secondary and primary schools, working with young people aged 3-19 years. This unique cross-phase teaching school of which there are, at present seven strategic partners, offers our trainees greater opportunity to experience a wide range of educational settings.
Together with our partner schools, we are growing our teacher-training programme within secondary schools across the North East of England.

We actively encourage applicants, and those interested in teaching, to apply to our unique school volunteering programme. This offers potential applicants the chance to meet experienced staff and present trainees as well as receiving advice to enhance their UCAS application and guide them through the process of application and selection.
New for 2019/20. We are delighted to announce our unique RE teacher training programme, supported by the Hild and Bede Trust. We have developed our own SKE programme which will provide you with the core knowledge required to be a successful teacher of RE. Trainees will receive dedicated subject knowledge enhancement sessions, based on individual needs and delivered by experienced teachers. This bespoke programme, which is the first of its kind, also offers a bursary top up to the value of £10,000.
In 2020, trainees will be placed in a cluster of four host secondary schools, sharing the same vision, excellence in education and life experiences. We provide the highest standards of education and care and encourage our young people to have high aspirations and be confident global citizens. Our partnership of schools are all highly successful in their own right with excellent records of accomplishment in developing teachers from training to headship.

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About our school experience

Individual requirements:
  • Must be applying to or have applied to our, or a partner school's, teacher training course. Must not have been accepted onto another teacher training course. Must have a degree
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 UCAS 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 and she will do all that she can to support you.
Art and design, Biology, Business studies, Chemistry, Computing, Design and technology, English, French, Geography, History, Languages (other), Maths, Media studies, Music, Physical education, Physics, Physics with maths, Religious education, and Spanish


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School phases
  • Secondary (11 to 16)
  • 16 to 18
Tyne and Wear
Placement availability

Dates to be agreed

School experience type
Both Virtual and In school
DBS check required

No - Candidates will be accompanied at all times when in school

At we offer volunteering experience where applicants can meet with senior leaders and teaching staff, receive advice on how to gain valuable experience to support UCAS applications, tour our of our lead school and 6th Form, observe lessons and receive information about our volunteering programme and school direct programme

Dress code

Business dress, Cover up tattoos, Remove piercings, Smart casual

Start and finish times

8.30am to 4pm - Flexible

Please contact to discuss directly


Yes - on site parking provided

Main school car park on a first come first served basis

Teacher training offered

Durham SCITT

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