Driffield School & Sixth Form
East Riding of Yorkshire, United Kingdom
About Driffield School & Sixth Form
Forward by the Executive Principal
Thank you for your interest in working at Driffield School and Sixth Form. I hope that, after reading the information provided, you will feel not only encouraged to apply, but excited by the opportunities that Driffield has to offer.
I took up post at Driffield School in May 2018 and, having worked in a variety of schools, I was attracted by the huge potential of the students and the school. For me, Driffield has the perfect comprehensive mix of students. We are challenged in our teaching by both our most able, many of whom secure places at Russell group universities, and by those who rely on us for the extra support and care they can sometimes need. Our students are a pleasure to teach and are our greatest assets. I have no doubt that Driffield School will be an outstanding school, but this is not the driver for myself, the governors or the staff. We want to provide the very best of educational experiences for every young person in our local area and this is our motivation.
After spending the last half term at Driffield, I am clear about our many strengths as well as some of the challenges that remain. I have extremely high expectations of myself, of staff and of students. It is hard work and we are not complacent. I firmly believe in earned autonomy and delegated leadership. Driffield offers a great opportunity for colleagues who are passionate about making a difference in an improving school to join us at this key stage in our journey. I would strongly encourage visits to the school. If you wish to take advantage of this, please contact Sue Lord, the school’s HR Manager at email@example.com or by telephone on 01377 253631.
This is undoubtedly an exciting time to join Driffield School & Sixth Form and the Education Alliance. We very much look forward to hearing from you and thank you for your interest in our school.
Best wishes, Scott Ratheram.
About the Academy
We are an 11-19 Comprehensive School with approximately 1,600 students on roll. We are part of the Educational Alliance Multi Academy Trust, an established trust which is developing collaborative partnerships with academies across the Humber region. There are currently four academies within the Trust: South Hunsley School, Hunsley Primary, Malet Lambert, the Snaith School and Driffield School & Sixth Form. South Hunsley School is a Teaching School (The Wolds TSA) and is a School-Centred Initial Teacher Training Provider. Each school with the Education Alliance retains its own identity whilst sharing the Trust’s strong vision and values.
Driffield School and Sixth Form is a friendly and supportive school and we do everything we can to ensure that every individual child receives the care, support and guidance they need to thrive and be the best they can be. Our fantastic team of hardworking and caring staff are fundamental to this success and we invest heavily in professional development to enable our staff to flourish, continually develop and access in-house career opportunities. We have a long tradition of being an inclusive and supportive school and our aim is for all students and staff to enjoy learning, experience success and develop their full potential.
Staff, governors, students and members of the community have worked together to create a new vision of the key qualities and values they would like to see in the school:
Believe ● Achieve
A proud and confident community: achieving success through trust and respectful relationships.
As this dynamic new vision statement illustrates, it is an exciting time for the school which has enormous potential. The hard work of staff and students has resulted in a 99.5 per cent pass rate for A Level results in 2018, with over seven out of ten of all grades at C or above. The majority of our students gained their first choice of university with a quarter securing a place at one of the prestigious Russell Group universities. At GCSE level in 2018, the number of students achieving passes in both English and Maths has improved for the third year running, with 63 per cent of students achieving at least a grade 4.
Our facilities have been designed to ensure the environment promotes learning and these include a purpose built Art and Technology building and a state of the art Performing Arts block. A £1.2 million investment is currently being completed to update the school’s North Building and the energy efficiencies this will create will be reinvested into teaching and learning. All our facilities are actively used by the local community outside school hours. We also have access to the East Riding Leisure Centre which is adjacent to the school site and is equipped with the latest fitness equipment for the benefit of staff and students. The school is also able to use residential facilities at Spiers Bank House, an ex-forestry commission house located near Pickering in the North York Moors. This provides a fantastic resource for the development of students’ outdoor experiences as well as personal development.
Driffield is at the heart of the Yorkshire Wolds and has recently been named by The Times as one of the best places to live in the North of England: https://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/driffield-south-yorkshire-best-places-to-live-m7tsjfs7v
We are proud of our school and welcome the opportunity to show prospective staff who are interested in any current vacancies around the site.