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School profile

Winterbourne Academy

Winterbourne Academy is a vibrant and highly successful academy set in a rural location in South Gloucestershire. It is the largest secondary school in the county.

Our aim is to ensure the academic, personal and social development of every student in our care so that they move to the next stage of their lives ready to succeed in whatever path they choose. We refer to this as ‘empowering all to excel’ and you will see this vision at the heart of everything we do.

We are incredibly proud to lead a highly effective team of professionals whose objective is to provide a profitable, healthy, creative and enjoyable learning experience for every student. Winterbourne Academy offers a considerable range of CPD opportunities, within a friendly and pleasant work environment.

About our school experience


The day begins with a briefing to set you up ready for your time in the classroom. You will be directed to look for specific aspects of the lessons that will help you in your application for a PGCE training place.

There then follows 3-4 hours of observations in a range of classes.

At the end of the day we have a Q&A / debrief session to allow you to reflect on your experience during the day. In this session we also cover any questions you have about the different routes into teaching; the application process; qualifications needed and any general questions you have about teaching.

You are expected to bring photo ID and be dressed smartly. No DBS is required. The day usually begins at 9.15am and is finished by 3.30pm. We provide lunch. There is a small, non-returnable fee of £15. Anyone interested in teaching is welcome.

Start and finish times
9.15am to 3.30pm - Flexible

Participants can leave earlier if required. Please discuss this in advance with organisers.

Dress code

Cover up tattoos, Smart casual

Teacher training

We provide School Direct courses through North Avon Teaching School Alliance. We offer mainstream teaching placements. We can offer Special School placements as complementary placements.

Find out more about our teacher training

Links to more information about our school

Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must be applying to or have applied to our, or a partner school's, teacher training course
    • Must have a degree
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement dates

There are no upcoming dates


Admin fees

£15.00 Daily, The fee is paid by bank transfer for each event. Participants will be contacted to arrange the payment before the event.

The fee covers costs for the organisation of the day and lunch.


High Street, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1JL
Map showing Winterbourne Academy

Yes - on site parking provided

There is parking on site. If this is full, on street parking can be found within a short walking distance.

High Street, Winterbourne, Bristol, BS36 1JL
School phases
Secondary (11 to 16), 16 to 18
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

  • Art and design
  • Biology
  • Drama
  • English
  • French
  • Geography
  • History
  • Physics
  • Religious education
  • Spanish