Sir Robert Woodard Academy
Location: West Sussex
Required from January
The Sir Robert Woodard Academy, part of the Woodard family of schools, is a thriving 11–18 Academy serving primarily the students of Lancing, Sompting and West Shoreham. We are committed to ensuring that every student is known and nurtured and is provided with teaching and learning experiences that allow them to fulfil their potential. The Academy is currently seeking to appoint another English Teacher, with energy, enthusiasm and thorough subject knowledge, to join us and the English department on their exciting journey. This post would suit individuals who are wholeheartedly committed to raising student attainment in English.
SRWA teaching staff benefit from the following:-
• a collaborative approach and strong collegial relationships;
• the opportunity to join and/or benefit from Action Research Groups;
• proven student progress;
• excellent student behaviour;
• an extensive CPD programme tailored to skills and experience;
• strong links with Brighton and Sussex Universities;
• free use of the Academy’s fitness suite;
• free on site car parking and easy access to local public transport;
• childcare voucher scheme;
• cycle to work scheme.
Quotes from last Ofsted report, Dec 2015:
“staff morale is high, with much support for the academy’s culture and aspirations.”
“The behaviour of pupils is good”.
“All pupils and sixth formers love the wonderful facilities which boost their enjoyment of academy life.”
Quote from a current SRWA Teacher, September 2017:
“Having worked at SRWA for 3 years it is obvious that this Academy is on a huge upward trajectory. As a teacher here you have amazing opportunities to contribute to whole school CPD and to benefit from listening to the fascinating experiences of your colleagues. The staff are incredibly friendly and there is a real sense of purpose and togetherness in the way we work here. I’m personally delighted to be part of a team really helping to make a difference in the local community.”
The English department has achieved good results over the past three years with 65% of students achieving a pass in 2017. Teaching is at least good with outstanding features in all key stages.
The English department is committed to meeting the needs of all students by challenging them to achieve their potential. They are a dynamic team with a strong shared purpose and commitment. The development of innovative classroom approaches and the embracing of new technologies means they are involved in many cross-curricular developments, not least with the outstanding Performing Arts department.
The Accelerated Reader programme was introduced in September 2013 and this academic year we are having an academy wide focus on literacy. Currently, A-level English Literature Is offered at Key Stage 5, and experience of teaching this would be an advantage. The curriculum has recently been re-designed to ensure that it is sufficiently challenging and engaging. At GCSE students study a diverse range of texts, from Shakespeare’s Macbeth to the contemporary classic, Pigeon English.
The English department is housed in our new building with state of the art technology in every classroom. The proximity of the classrooms to the Learning Resource Centre makes it an accessible resource for all students and staff. With the LRC at its heart, the academy is growing a love of reading in the student body.
The Sir Robert Woodard Academy is a lively, fast-paced, passionate, demanding yet rewarding place to work. If the idea of delivering an extra-curricular session outside your subject area, within the timetable excites rather than scares you; you want to work with a team of people who love what they do and are prepared to go the extra mile in order to achieve results; you want to work near Brighton with all its rich cultural opportunities, this may be the place for you.
The successful candidate will:-
• demonstrate the skills of a good teacher
• be able to interest, encourage and engage students
• provide appropriate levels of challenge so that all students make good progress
• use methods and resources that enable all students to learn effectively
• use assessment information effectively to plan the next steps in students learning
• make effective use of their time
• secure high standards of behaviour from students
• be able to demonstrate a proven track record of recent and successful class teaching in mixed ability classes of aged 11-18 students (or of successful training for NQTs).
This is a fantastic opportunity to make a positive difference to the life experiences and achievements of our students.