We are a cluster of dynamic primary schools south of the Tyne in Washington, Sunderland and Gateshead: George Washington, John F Kennedy, Valley Road, Highfield and Kibblesworth.
Although diverse in location and context, we share high aspirations for all and are committed to personalised learning and development.
Our schools have a proven record of high achievement in English and maths. We also have strengths in provision for vulnerable pupils including those with special educational needs and disabilities.
Our experience of raising standards and closing the gap for disadvantaged children means that we can support trainees to provide the best experience for all children in their care. Well-established and effective systems for assessment mean that trainees will learn how to track and manage pupil progress.
We promote the development of the whole child through enriching curriculums, music, art, performing arts and forest schools.
Our schools are friendly and happy environments. We pride ourselves on being welcoming places to work and learn, ready to support trainees and ensure they gain the best possible preparation for life as a teacher.
"I had an excellent experience while on my alternate placement at George Washington Primary, receiving support from all members of staff." Michelle Anderson, SD trainee
"The support provided was invaluable. I really enjoyed being involved in all aspects of school life. George Washington provided the opportunity to build the skills and confidence needed for teaching, while Highfield helped me to apply these and develop different teaching strategies." Roxanna Bayat, SD trainee
About the accredited body
We are proud to work in Partnership with the University of Sunderland. The University has successfully trained teachers for over 100 years, making a difference in educating the next generation of learners.
Through our partnership with the University, our trainee teachers benefit from the support of their Primary Tutor Team who are experts in their subject fields and related pedagogies. The School of Education is world leading in research according to the latest Research Excellence Framework. Trainees are allocated a Personal Tutor from the university who will work with their School Mentor to give academic, pastoral and placement support.