Whitburn Church of England Academy is the lead secondary school in the Prince Bishops Teaching School Alliance. (https://www.pbtsa.co.uk/what-we-do/train-to-teach/)
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), an OFSTED Outstanding ITT Provider.
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.
About the accredited body
Durham SCITT is an OFSTED Outstanding ITT Provider. They have grown and developed new partnerships, embracing the challenge of training teachers for the 21st century. High quality trainees, impressive employment rates and effective partnerships with schools.
PBTSA / Durham SCITT trainees receive high quality GPS sessions and Subject Specialist training. This ensures they are fully prepared and supported as they train in their ‘home’ schools.
SCITT has been training teachers in the northeast since 2005.
All Durham SCITT trainees have access to their purpose built learning centre in Newton Aycliffe