Aberdeen City, United Kingdom
About Bucksburn Academy
Bucksburn Academy opened in October 2009 bringing together two schools - Bankhead Academy and Marlpool Special School as one school in a modern and purpose built learning environment. We are a unique school. The school has the capacity for 650 pupils including provision for up to 96 pupils within the school’s Additional Support Needs Wing. The ASN Wing is a city wide provision for pupils with moderate to significant and complex additional support needs. The school is a six year comprehensive with a broad range of pupil backgrounds serving the communities of Bucksburn, Bankhead, Stoneywood, Newhills and Kingswells.
Our vision is that “Together We Achieve” and that we work towards achieving this vision in the following areas- “Happy, Safe and Secure”, “High Aspirations”, “Inclusion”, “Can do, Will do Approaches”, “People and Teamwork”, and “Pride and Respect”. We believe these should underpin every decision that is made in the school and we regularly evaluate our progress in achieving this vision as a school community.
Pupils in the ASN wing work in classes of 8-10 supported by a class teacher and pupil support assistants and nursery nurses. Class teams are supported by 2 Principal Teachers of ASN and a Depute Head Teacher. The school provides a broad, varied and ambitious curriculum to our pupils in the ASN wing based on the principles of curriculum for excellence and personalised to support and challenge every one of our pupils. Class teacher delivers curriculum areas such as literacy, numeracy, social subjects and PSD. However specialist areas such as Art & Design, Technologies ,ICT, Physical Education, Home Economics and Sciences are delivered by subject specialist staff across the whole school. There is a strong emphasis on pupil development through outdoor learning and physical activity within the ASN Wing curriculum. In the Senior Phase pupils are presented for a range of SQA course awards and units from National 1 – National 4 as well as a rich range of personal development courses such as ASDAN, Caledonia Awards, John Muir Awards, Employability Awards and Duke of Edinburgh. Planning for every pupil in the ASN Wing is supported by pupil Individual Education Plans.
In addition to the distinctive features described above other areas to highlight include an ethos which celebrates success and promotes achievement, a strong sense of community at a school at local and global level, positive relationships and teamwork and the capacity of the school to manage and successfully implement change.
Following the retirement of our 2 Principal Teachers ASN Wing we are looking to appoint to these posts. If you are passionate about supporting young people with additional support needs reach their potential, if you are determined to work to remove barriers to learning, if you share our vision and if you are ready to take on the challenges of a key leadership role at a unique and forward thinking school, we would like to hear from you.