About Town End Teaching School Alliance

Town End Teaching School Alliance (TETSA) was established in 2012. Since then, we have established strong alliances with other schools across the North East. The lead school is Town End Academy, which is an outstanding school in Sunderland and part of WISE Academies which incorporates a number of schools across the North East.

Children are at the forefront of everything that TETSA do. In order to secure the best outcomes for pupils, we support staff at all stages of their career to grow and be part of schools which provide an excellent all-round education to every child.

In partnership with several schools, in a range of different contexts, the alliance is committed to creating partnerships that will improve teaching and learning in our own schools and beyond.

Our Brochure

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Associate Research School

In May 2019, Town End Academy was designated as an Associate Research School linked to Shotton Hall Research School.  The Research School Network is a collaboration by the EEF and IEE to create a network of schools that support and use evidence to improve classroom practice.  

Please see the below link to the North East Research Schools' Newsletter with links to current news, blogs, training opportunities and much more.


Meet the Team


Nichola Fullard

Head of Teaching School


Christine Robson

Teaching School Director


Stella Jones

Teaching School Director


Jenny Ogden

Lead Mentor


Kay Athey

Administrative Assistant


It was a life changing experience that gave me the opportunity to learn practically.
It was an experience I’ll never forget but will forever appreciateR. Lloyd, School Direct 2013/14
My training year gave me the skills and confidence to deal with ‘real life’ situations in a school environment.
The School Direct program allowed me to build relationships with the children and with teachers which allowed myself to become a part of the school team.R Coxan, School Direct 2015/16
Our trainee teachers have both achieved jobs at great schools, due to their superior experience, depth of knowledge and understanding of Primary Education which being submersed in a full school year has given them. It’s been a resounding successA Baker, St Margaret's School, Mentor
The success of Initial Teacher Training at HEI’s like Northumbria relies on effective partnerships with Teaching School Alliances. Our relationship with Town End is an example of such a professionally focused and joint endeavour that works to the benefit of our trainees. Through this partnership we create outstanding newly qualified teachers who will go onto to inspire children and encourage young people to reach their full potential.Kevin Ardron MA PGCE NPQH, Programme Leader: PGCE School Direct

Our Alliance Schools


Strategic Partners

  • Bexhill Academy

  • Town End Academy

  • Fatfield Primary School

  • Welbeck Academy

  • Hasting Hill Academy

  • Bullion Lane Primary School

  • Woodlea Primary School

  • Prudhoe West Academy

  • Fulwell Infant School

  • St Margarets CofE Primary School

  • Barnwell Academy

  • Benedict Biscop

  • Grindon Infant School

  • Hetton Lyons Nursery

  • Hetton Primary School

  • Hetton-le-Hole Nursery

  • Hill View Infant Academy

  • Houghton Community Nursery

  • Hylton Redhouse Nursery

  • Mill Hill Nursery

  • Millfield Nursery

  • Oxclose Nursery

  • Pennywell Nursery

  • St Paul's C of E Primary School

  • Usworth Colliery Nursery

  • Fulwell Junior School

  • Lambton Primary School

  • Acomb First School

  • Barmston Village Primary

  • Barnes Infant Academy

  • Bill Quay Primary School

  • English Martyrs Primary

  • Newbottle Primary Academy

  • Southwick Community Primary

  • Shaftoe Trust Academy

  • Adderlane Academy

  • Croftway Academy

  • Haltwhistle Primary Academy

  • Malvins Close Academy

  • Morpeth Road Academy

  • North View Academy

  • Seascape Primary School

  • Sunderland Local Authority

  • Sunningdale Teaching School

  • WISE Academies

  • Partners in Pedagogy


  • Northumbria University