Aylward Academy

Enfield, United Kingdom

Location: Enfield, United Kingdom
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age range: 11 - 19 years

About Aylward Academy


Dear Candidate

Thank you for your interest and welcome to Aylward Academy, an 11-19 school with enormous potential with the students, ambition and the potential to become an outstanding school. If you have the commitment to play a leading role in realising the vision of the next stage of our development, then we welcome your application.

Learning is at the core of everything we do at Aylward Academy and staff are passionate about ensuring that we are continually improving and challenging ourselves. We have a committed and highly skilled staff and Governing Body who are dedicated to ensuring that all students achieve the best possible outcomes in their academic qualifications as well as their personal development. Significant partnerships and alliances with other schools across north London have been developed with Aylward as well as strong links to the community.  

It is absolutely vital that we attract the right calibre of professional to work within our ambitious academy; a colleague who shares the clear vision that pupils are at the very heart of everything we do; a colleague who imbues our vision; a colleague who is able to enjoy positive, professional relationships with young people and the wider community; and, perhaps most importantly, a colleague who can demonstrate high levels of resilience and emotional intelligence when dealing with complex and sensitive situations.

The academy is part of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET), a network of primary, secondary and special schools. As  the sponsor, AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them.  In each AET academy you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes.  

If you have the skills, expertise, energy, enthusiasm and passion to join the Aylward Academy family, please submit an application on TES addressing the person specification. Requests for visits to the academy are welcomed. We appreciate the amount of time that goes into an application, so thank you in advance.

Yours sincerely

Aylward Academy Senior Leadership Team

Aylward Academy

Based in Edmonton, North London, Aylward Academy was established in September 2010 and is an 11-19 learning community with 1376 students on roll, including 187 in the sixth form. The academy is currently rated as GOOD by its’ last Ofsted inspection in July 2016. Our unwavering standards have seen the academy become the school of choice for both the local and surrounding areas and for the fourth year in a row the academy has been oversubscribed.

At Aylward Academy we are dedicated to maximising the potential of learners; staff and students alike work hard to uphold our core values of;

· Respect

· Professionalism

· Independence

· Collaboration

· Resilience

· Creativity

We believe in developing the individual as a ‘whole’ and strive to ensure our vision is understood by all: ‘Working together to be the best that we can be.’  It is this vision that underpins everything we do - at Aylward Academy ‘everything matters’.

As part of our commitment to life-long learning, we place high value on CPD opportunities at all levels. Ofsted noted following the July 2016 that teachers were complimentary about the support they receive to cultivate their skills and feel well supported. Staff are experienced, knowledgeable and innovative. As a result, we encourage a ’can do’ attitude which we instil through a culture of ‘no excuses’. Our learning journey is both rich and purposeful, one of the reasons for our rapidly expanding, highly resourced sixth form.

Our Learning Aims and Ethos

At Aylward Academy we hold a strong belief that education has the power to change children’s lives and that every child has the right to receive an excellent education. We also believe that students should be nurtured as individuals so that their unique personalities, talents and interests are developed to the full. 


Most pupils arrive in Year 7 with attainment that is significantly below that expected for their age and with extremely low literacy levels. The extensive and effective literacy programme in Years 7 and 8 ensures that pupils are taught appropriate skills to be able to access the wider curriculum which meets the needs of the diverse pupil population. Pupils are offered different curriculum pathways to meet their individual academic needs, particularly at key stage 4. A range of BTEC national diploma, GCSE and entry-level qualifications ensures that pupils have access to appropriate courses.

At key stage 4 all students study a core curriculum of English, Maths and Science and have the opportunity to choose from a huge range of 25 GCSE and BTEC courses, including a range of Languages (French, Spanish and Arabic) and a new Computer Science qualification. In addition, the Academy offers students the opportunity to take a wide range of community languages, which reflect our diverse student population.

6th Form Provision

At KS5, the Academy offers two curriculum pathways, which students are allocated depending on their KS4 qualifications.  At level three, students are offered a range of 30+ A level and BTEC courses. Students are given the opportunity to study AS, A2, BTEC only or a mixture of BTEC and AS and A2 courses. This is dependent on their prior attainment and choices. Our level two hub offers students the opportunity to choose from seven level 2 BTEC courses, ranging from Catering to PE and Arts Award. Alongside this, students would continue to study English and Maths as well as being offered the opportunity for a work placement linked to their BTEC course of choice. Much emphasis is given to providing work and volunteering experiences for students. Success rates for university applications are high.


The academy pastoral system allows students to join a bigger family group where they can celebrate their learning with other students. The system also gives all students plenty of opportunities to develop their understanding of the Aylward Attributes – Respect, Professionalism, Independence, Collaboration, Resilience and Creativity. These attributes very much form part of our identity at Aylward and help our students as they grow into young women and men to develop their confidence, self-esteem, sense of responsibility and awareness of others in preparation for the wider, rapidly changing world.


Aylward Academy is committed to ensuring that no pupil feels that they are at a disadvantage to their peers. Our interventions faculty sits at the heart of the school and provides support to pupil and families to remove barriers to learning. All children are treated equally, with respect, and with positive high expectations in order to strive to their full potential and beyond. We recognise that all pupils may require support at some stage in their Education, whether it is social, emotional, behavioural or academic. Progress of students with EHCP’s is carefully tracked and interventions are effective.

Wider Contribution

At Aylward Academy we firmly believe that a rich provision of extra-curricular opportunity benefits our students enormously and allows every child to contribute in their own way. This is why we create opportunities outside of lesson time to allow our students to thrive in the fields of sport, music, art and drama.


Senior Leadership Team Structure (2017/2018)


Staff Benefits

Career Development

· Apprenticeships for support staff up to and including degree level

· Support towards achieving further qualifications

· Middle and senior leadership programmes – NPQML, NPQSL

· Progression opportunities

· Teacher Training programmes – School direct, school salaried direct, initial teacher training, apprenticeships 

· Working with and across AET academies

· Training for current role and career progression

Family Friendly

· Childcare vouchers 

· Flexible working opportunities

· Generous annual leave entitlements for full time support staff

· Leave of absence provisions for carers and dependents


· Access to the Teachers’ Pension and the Local Government Pension Schemes

· Free car parking

· Life Assurance

· On site restaurant 

Health and Wellbeing

· On site gym

· BHSF – Healthcare scheme which offers a range of benefits and services for employee’s and dependent children routine health needs 

· Halfords Cycle to Work – this scheme allows eligible employees to purchase a cycle tax efficiently through their employer, with deductions being made from the employee’s salary before Income Tax and National Insurance are applied. The repayment of the cycle will be over a 12 month period.

· Wellbeing days – an opportunity for staff to receive treatments on site

Address – 1 Windmill Road, Enfield, N18 1NB

Click on link for directions to the academy Location

Academies Enterprise Trust, Safe Recruitment Procedure

Academies Enterprise Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people in its academies. In order to meet this responsibility, its academies follow a rigorous selection process to discourage and screen out unsuitable applicants.

Disclosure and Barring Service

A Disclosure and Barring Service Certificate will be required for all posts.


Only those candidates meeting the right criteria will be short listed.


1. Those shortlisted will take part in an in-depth interview process.

2. Candidates will be asked to address any discrepancies, anomalies or gaps in their application form.

Reference Checking

References from the previous and current employer will be taken up for shortlisted candidates, and where necessary employers may be contacted to gather further information.


All new staff will be subject to a probation period of six months (which may, in certain circumstances, be extended by up to 3 months). The probation period is a trial period, to enable the assessment of an employee’s suitability for the job for which they have been employed. It provides the academy/trust with the opportunity to monitor and review the performance of new staff in relation to various areas, but also in terms of their commitment to safe guarding and relationships with pupils.

Equal Opportunities

Academies Enterprise Trust recognises the value of, and seeks to achieve, a diverse workforce which includes people from differing backgrounds with different skills and abilities. AET takes positive steps to create an employment culture through its Board of Governors, managers and other employees, in which people can feel confident of being treated with fairness, dignity and tolerance irrespective of their individual differences. This commitment extends beyond the relationship between and conduct of employees and potential employees, to the whole community and others connected with it. AET is committed to the elimination of unlawful discrimination and to the promotion of good relations between all. 

Data Protection

Personal data provided on your application, and for equal opportunities monitoring, is required to enable Academies Enterprise Trust to operate and monitor its recruitment and employment procedures. Data is kept secure and accurate, and disclosure is restricted to those people within the organisation who have a need to access it. Personal data supplied by you is destroyed within prescribed time limits, unless you are appointed, in which case the data you have supplied will form the basis for your individual staff record and all personal data will be secured in line with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Application Process

Thank you for considering applying for Aylward Academy. 

To apply, please complete the application form on the vacancy advert. Please note CVs cannot be accepted.

  1. We look forward to receiving your application.
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Address: Windmill Road, Edmonton, London, N18 1NB, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8803 1738
What people say about us

School leaders are rightly proud of their success in developing new teachers’ strengths and leadership skills.

- Ofsted - 2006

Disadvantaged pupils make very good progress across a range of subjects.

- Ofsted - 2016

Pupils make good progress across a range of subjects between key stage 2 and key stage 4. The proportion making good progress across eight subjects in 2015, the new progress 8 measure, was higher than the national average"

- Ofsted - August 2016

Academies Enterprise Trust offers effective support to senior and middle leaders, including fortnightly visits and regular checks on the quality of teaching, learning and assessment"

- Ofsted - August 2016

Middle leaders share senior leaders' vision for the school. They feel well supported to continue to deliver improved outcomes and systematically check the quality of teaching, learning and assessment"

- Ofsted - August 2016
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