The Stockwood Park Academy
Luton, United Kingdom
About The Stockwood Park Academy
Welcome to The Stockwood Park Academy, part of The Shared Learning Trust.
With a new Head of School, Mumin Humayun, this is an exciting time to join The Stockwood Park Academy Teaching Team. Your colleagues are friendly, highly experienced subject experts and enjoy the teacher comradery. You will make friends and mentors for life. Join us and share the love of your subject, because you enjoy working with young people, you want to make a real difference and inspire the next generation. We strive for creativity in the classroom and above all making the whole journey fun!
· Location; right next to Junction 10 of the M1, close to Stockwood Park Golf Course, Luton Rugby Club and the Luton Hoo.
· Bus service
· Ample staff parking
· £30 million state of the art schooling facility
· Work laptop
· Car wash service
· Once a quarter, Indian head or shoulder massage
· Amazon/Delivery drop-off service
· Dry Cleaning service
· Staff wellbeing and Counsellor
o Medical 24/7 Doctor appointments
o Private and repeat prescriptions
o Save money on everyday purchases
o Online exercise classes
o Employee Support Hub by Health Assured, giving you 24/7 access to qualified therapists
o Competitions to enter
Vision and Values:
'Strive, achieve, believe!' - We want our children to strive for their goals, achieve those goals and believe that with the right drive and motivation anything is possible. We provide opportunities for all our students and adults to be aspirational and develop a passion and excitement for learning. Working with our communities, we ensure all students are able to achieve beyond their targets to reach the success they deserve. Our students develop a strong self-belief so that they flourish and develop into well-rounded, self-respecting young people.
'We recruit people for attitude and train for skills' - We aim to recruit people who have the right attitude. If you have a love for teaching and are passionate about seeing children succeed, we can help you do the rest. We can offer custom-made support packages that focus on the quality of teaching and learning, curriculum development and all aspects of Leadership and Management. Whether you would like help with planning, preparing and delivering outstanding lessons, building your confidence within the classroom or developing your behaviour management strategies, we have all the CPD and training you need.
Our 5 academies are as follows:
The Vale Academy, Dunstable 2-11
The Rushmere Park Academy, Leighton Buzzard 4-9
The Linden Academy, Luton 4-11
The Chalk Hills Academy, Luton 11-18
The Stockwood Park Academy, Luton 11-18
We also offer a fantastic Sixth Form provision for students aged between 16-19, and this is based at both The Stockwood and The Chalk Hills Academy. Including in our Sixth Form provision is our Football Academy Pathway and brand-new Cricket Academy Pathway.
The Teaching Trust Teacher training based at The Chalk Hills Academy and is offered to all our colleagues should they be successful.
CPD and Training: Our Teaching Trust - WE INVEST IN YOU!
All of our Academies at The Shared Learning Trust are a part of our Teaching Trust. We aim to offer exception teacher training and high quality professional development programmes to new and experienced staff to support them in excelling in their career.
Our programmes are facilitated by experienced school leaders, who have exemplary records in leadership and improving outcomes for their students. We are able to cater for specific requests and can offer custom-made support packages that focus on the quality of teaching and learning, curriculum development and aspects of Leadership and Management.
We currently offer 'The National Award for Middle Leaders', 'The Outstanding Teacher Programme', 'The Improving Teacher Programme' and 'The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership'. As Stockwood Park Academy is part of a Multi-Academy Trust, there are fantastic opportunities to climb the career ladder. The Shared Learning Trust are a firm believer in helping all staff reach their full potential and developing their career within our Academies. If you are willing and wanting, we will do all we can to put you on the relevant courses and give you the right opportunities so you can keep achieving more in your career. If there isn't a current opportunity at The Stockwood Park Academy for promotion, there will be opportunities to move to one of our partner Academies.
The Sports Zone:
· 2 Football Pitches (floodlit, FA approved, full size and 3G Astro Turf)
· Large Outdoor Hard Court
· Four Tennis Courts
· Three Netball Courts
· Full Size Basketball Court
· Full Size Netball Court
· Four Badminton Court
· Large Indoor Football Pitch
The Performance Plaza:
· Theatre (tiered seating, professional lighting and sound system, curtains and backstage changing facilities)
· Dance and Fitness Studio (sprung floors, dances barres, floor to ceiling mirrors, full PA and music systems)
· Smart Boards
I've been fortunate to develop throughout my career at the Stockwood Park Academy. Since joining as an NQT History teacher, I have led teams as Head of History, Head of Humanities and been a member of our internal Teaching & Learning Team. Most recently, I have had the honour of being responsible for the development of teaching across the academy as Assistant Principal. We strive for every lesson to make a difference and recognise the importance of keeping abreast with the latest educational research and evidence to inform our teaching. We have worked hard to develop a common language across the school when discussing teaching and learning and believe that the teacher is the expert in the classroom so we put our faith in our colleagues to deliver in ways that will benefit our students the most. We support colleagues with a range of high quality internal and external professional development opportunities whilst seeking the best ways to further improve what we do best; teaching students so they can master the subject knowledge and skills that we care so passionately about.- Joel Toomer, Assistant Principal
Since joining The Stockwood Park Academy in September, and even prior to my arrival, I have been absolutely staggered by how friendly this school is. While I could describe how colleagues have been exceptionally supportive, I think it’s most important to note just how lovely our students are because it is so refreshing to join a school and feel welcomed by the young people. This has a lot to do with the trusting nature of our students, but also the warm approach to behaviour management advocated and encouraged by the leadership. As an English teacher it has also been amazing to see a school which has not only said it will raise the profile of reading, but is acting upon its word. All students regularly receive books as gifts and the emphasis on reading for pleasure is very strong. The renovations to the academy library and investment in specific reading programmes have made it clear that reading is valued here and is a priority. I have found the leadership team to be highly involved at all levels with a great presence throughout the academy – from break duty to teaching; there’s a strong sense that we are all working together which is not always the case in other schools.- Michelle Lea-Watts, Director of English
My experience as an NQT at Stockwood Park academy has been incredible. The standout reason has been the excellent support and training supplied as part of my NQT induction by the Teaching and Learning team who have drawn on an immense wealth of collective experience and cutting edge research to create CPD sessions that have and will aided my development as a teacher and will do for many years to come. Supporting this has been the unfaltering support from my NQT mentor who knows the school so well is on hand at all times to offer support and advice. My favourite aspect of being a teacher at Stockwood Park has been the friendly, positive atmosphere that is created by staff and students alike, and there is never a dull day. The incredible expertise of both teaching and non-teaching staff is complemented by the rich, exciting curriculums designed by passionate educators, who are simply seeking to give the best possible education to the charming and respectful students who make every day a pleasurable experience. There are a wide variety of backgrounds and experiences to listen to and learn from, and sometimes I find the students teach me.- Toby Charter, NQT
I was appointed as the Senior Head of Year in November 2019. As a Pastoral Team we work hard to meet the varied needs of our students, firstly via the Tutors who are our ‘face’ of pastoral care. Our Heads of Year work closely to guide and support the Tutor teams, whilst maintaining an over view via liaison with Teachers, Faculty Leads, SEN, careers teams and our School Nurse. This robust approach ensures we support student’s attendance, medical and learning needs, all with the aim to motivate and enthuse TSPA students to be their very best. Our pastoral care is firmly centred on encouragement and providing the stepping stones required to make progress, both academically and in terms of the student character. We want TSPA students to believe that they can realistically improve their academic outcomes and create pathways to a very successful future. For students who require greater support, we have a dedicated team of Pastoral Support Officers. The PSO team deliver Behaviour Modification sessions to help students make positive choices and manage their emotions and feelings healthily. Where a student requires more specific support, the PSO team work closely with attendance, safeguarding and refer to our in house Mentor and Conflict Resolution Manager as well as external organisations. Our pastoral systems have ensured that we have supported many struggling young people to return to the classroom to actively learn. We work daily to support basic physical needs, emotional needs the mental health needs of our TSPA students, resulting in them improving their engagement within the classroom.- Leigh-Anne Hussain, Senior Head of Year, Pastoral Care
I am really enjoying working at the academy and have always felt very well supported since joining last year. I started at the Stockwood Park Academy during lockdown 1 and, now were in lockdown 3, I have no regrets about moving schools during such turbulent times. The leadership team are very visible around the school; as well as in lessons. Leaders are supporting me with my own professional development and I am really excited to now have the role of Coordinator of PP students. I am very excited to see how I can make a difference to our most vulnerable students. As a staff body, we are very welcoming and everybody who visits comments on this.- Emily Healey, Director of Science