School profile

St Mary & St Thomas Aquinas Catholic Primary School, Blaydon

BWCET - Our partnership of Catholic schools has extensive experience of working with student teachers and can provide excellent school placement opportunities across Primary and Secondary.
All of our Lead Schools have outstanding practice in learning and teaching with specialist staff in all curriculum areas. Importantly, all of our schools have exceptional pupil behaviour which means our trainee teacher can really concentrate, first and foremost, on their teaching.
We have trained facilitators across our partnership who will deliver the professional studies programme, alongside our accredited providers, to all trainees. Our wealth of experience in training teachers means our mentoring and support for new staff is second to none: a comprehensive training and support programme begins on the very first day of term in September.
Having also a proven track record of successful school to school support, with key staff designated as Trust Specialists, means our schools will ensure your continuing professional development needs are addressed.
Every aspect of the programme is aimed at developing you as a Professional. Schools are looking to employ the best teachers, those that are aware of the current demands of teaching as a profession.
Our ‘Education and Professional Studies’ will address assessment and reporting, special education needs, classroom organisation and management, pupil behaviour, the professional responsibility of teachers, current school and curriculum issues.
You will be allocated a subject mentor from our staff with vast experience to support you through the year. These outstanding classroom practitioners will introduce you to school life and help you to learn how to teach your subject and also provide you with regular feedback and guidance to improve.
By choosing to complete your training through BWCET Centre for Teaching you will be immersed in school life from the outset, interacting with students and learning first hand from outstanding teachers.
We provide an innovative initial teacher training programme which will develop all aspects of your teaching repertoire and thoroughly prepare you for your ECF years.
You will practise a broad range of skills in a bespoke training programme that will aim to develop you into an outstanding practitioner from the outset.
BWCET Centre for Teaching works closely with Sacred Heart Newcastle SCITT, Durham SCITT and Carmel Teacher Training.

About our school experience


The aim of the session is to give potential School Direct applicants an opportunity to:

· Find out further information regarding the SCITT route into teaching and placement vacancies;

· Gain experience in the classroom and watch lessons in a 'World Class' school;

· Strengthen your ITT application;

· Prepare for potential interviews;

· Talk to teachers about day-to-day school life

Start and finish times
8.15 a.m. to 3.00 p.m. - Flexible

As per arrangements made.

Dress code

Cover up tattoos, Remove piercings, Smart casual

Teacher training

Yes - St Mary & St Thomas Aquinas School are a Lead School within the Centre for Teaching / Bishop Wilkinson Catholic Education Trust. We work with a range of Teacher Training Providers and we are able to offer you a training experience across all key stages and subjects, Primary and Secondary, across a wide range of schools.. Find out more about our teacher training:

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Entry requirements

You must:

    • Must have a degree
    • Photo identification: passport / driving licence
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.

Placement availability

We can offer school experience throughout most of the school academic year
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School experience type
Both Virtual and In school


Stella Lane, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE21 4NE
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Stella Lane, Blaydon-on-Tyne, Tyne and Wear, NE21 4NE
School phases
Early years, Primary (4 to 11)
DBS check required

No, candidates will be accompanied at all times.