Tamworth Enterprise College
Staffordshire, United Kingdom
About Tamworth Enterprise College
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Thank you for taking an interest in joining my talented team of colleagues at Tamworth Enterprise College in Staffordshire. As Principal I am extremely fortunate to work with a dedicated and enterprising team who strive daily to provide a first class learning experience for our students.
Tamworth Enterprise College (TEC) is a very special learning community, filled with enterprising and talented staff, all of whom share my vision for a thriving and vibrant Academy –where all students whatever their ability will flourish.
The last 3 years have seen many positive changes and we have just celebrated our best ever GCSE results of which the whole school community can be proud of.
I am proud to lead a school where we do not measure the success of our students by their examination results alone. We pride ourselves on the level of personalisation for all students and I firmly believe this underpins success at all levels. If you embody those values as well as high aspirations, then you will be very successful working with us!
Our goal is to become an outstanding Academy and since joining the AET family in September 2012 I believe we are firmly on that journey. Ofsted judged us in 2016 in the ‘Requires Improvement’ category – however following on from last year’s results, high expectations of and from students and a powerful sense of purpose from the staff we believe we will be graded ‘good’ at the next inspection.
Being part of the AET network of schools has meant that staff at all levels have been able to access tailored CPD and internal career opportunities. The staff at TEC are our greatest resource and we will nurture and develop you throughout your career here.
It is a privilege to lead TEC and I am passionate about our students and staff. There is a shared commitment and a special community and culture here – all of which continue to inspire me on a daily basis.
We actively welcome visits – please contact my PA Tracy Weston, to organise.
Tamworth Enterprise College is a successful, high-achieving secondary school where everyone is given the opportunity to do their best, whatever their background or ability.
Our inclusive curriculum provides opportunities for success for all our students, at all levels of ability. Extensive links with primary schools help to ease the transition process.
We are proud of our provision for children with special needs. On entry, students attainment levels are studied carefully and used to place students in teaching sets for all subjects except for PE. These sets are reviewed throughout the year and changes are made based on the students' progress, interim assessments and teacher judgements.
Student progress is monitored through informal and formal assessment in each curriculum area, and parents are kept informed through regular effort and progress checks.
The Curriculum is further strengthened by a variety of intervention/support strategies to ensure that the Curriculum is relevant and accessible for all students.
The vertical tutor group system, together with a huge variety of extracurricular activities enhances the learning process and contributes hugely to the strong community spirit in the school. The Accelerated Reader Scheme from Renaissance Learning is used in Years 7 to 9 to improve reading.
To view our curriculum across the year please click here
Our Specialism and Awards
We have achieved Enhanced Dyslexia Friendly Status. To view all our achievements please click here
We are a rapidly improving school and we were last inspected in May 2016. To view all our Ofsted reports please click here
WHY JOIN OUR ACADEMY?
We are committed to developing all staff at all levels through high quality development opportunities, resources, and experiences that will support you on your professional learning journey with AET.
We champion agile/flexible working across the Trust to help our people achieve an optimal work/life balance.
All staff have access to our pension schemes (Local Government Pension Scheme and Teachers’ Pension Scheme). Everyone has free access to financial advice & support and can access a wide range of retail discounts through our AET Benefits scheme. We also offer Technology Loans to help with any big digital purchases.
We recognise that mental wellbeing is just as important as physical and have set up employee assistance programmes which offer free and confidential counselling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our employees can access our health cash place scheme from BHSF.
This is a hugely exciting time to be joining the organisation, and as we pivot from being in turnaround mode to becoming a high performance organisation on the pathway to sustainable excellence. This will see us building our in-house education improvement capacity and expertise, making sure that our schools have all the support they need to deliver an excellent education for every child, every day.
Our people are our single greatest resource and we want to make sure we are creating the optimum environment and conditions so that everyone in AET can do their very best work. We will only deliver on our promise of excellence for all of our children if we attract, develop and retain the very best talent in the country and surround them with exceptional development throughout their careers.
We want people on our team who are excited by scale and the prospect of having a deep and lasting impact on the lives of tens of thousands of children. We also want people who are intellectually rigorous, stay curious, and generous enough to be committed to the messy challenge of collaboration.
AET has an exciting future ahead and by joining us on this journey, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to make a lasting and meaningful impact on the children and young people in our schools.
Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
At AET, we want all of our employees to feel included bringing their passion, creativity and individuality to work. We value all cultures, backgrounds and experiences, and we truly believe that diversity drives innovation.
We also offer teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here.
To find out more about AET please click here.
I joined Tamworth Enterprise College, formerly Belgrave High School, in 2009 to complete the second placement of my PGCE course. The support I received from my mentor and fellow colleagues was fantastic; I was instantly made to feel part of a strong cohesive team. In what was a crucial time of my career, I was able to approach staff with all levels of responsibility for much needed advice and guidance. I learnt so much in that short space of time and I found myself developing rapidly as a result. After successfully completing my course, I was delighted to be offered a permanent position at the school. I went on to successfully pass my NQT year and continued to teach at the school for a further three years. In this time, I became a better teacher, learning from a strong team of inspiring individuals. Like many people, I was happy and comfortable in my position as a Teacher of English but I found myself wanting more; I wanted to challenge myself and broaden my skills and experiences. Despite uncertainty, I applied for another job and was successfully appointed as KS3 coordinator at a school in Sutton Coldfield. I went on to experience a different type of school with a different cohort of pupils; I went on to obtain new skills and I also went on to face new challenges in both my personal and professional life. All of this made me stronger and more aware of what I wanted from my career. Despite leaving Tamworth Enterprise College, I maintained close relationships with colleagues in the English department. I found myself missing the strong supportive team I had worked with and felt a desire to return with a fresh pair of eyes. Thankfully, Mr Turney made the decision to reappoint me as KS3 coordinator with a responsibility for whole school literacy. With zest and motivation, I was thrilled to re-join the English department and re-establish myself. What pleased me greatly was the warm welcome I received from pupils and staff alike. In the last year, since re-joining TEC, I have helped lead the department in what was our most successful year ever! 79% of pupils achieved A*- C in English; a fantastic achievement that I am proud and privileged to be a part of. The success came from a challenging year 11 cohort and the consistent committed team that I work with. We have also seen success at KS3 through our 'life after levels' initiative and our more rigorous cycle of assessment. Formalised assessment at KS3, linked directly to skills at GCSE, is something I feel very strongly about and this has now become part of our embedded practice within the department. I continue to drive literacy across the school: I have hosted our World Book Day event, set up a KS3 book club for both avid and reluctant readers and I have introduced the literacy leaders Programme for our Gifted and Talented students.- Jemma Bridley - KS3 Co-ordinator/Whole school Literacy Lead