Shenley Brook End School
Milton Keynes, United Kingdom
About Shenley Brook End School
Working at Shenley Brook End School provides an exciting opportunity. You will be encouraged and supported to deliver creative and stimulating lessons to students who expect to be challenged and stretched. We believe in “Success through learning”. We find that the best way to appreciate what the school is all about is to watch our video-link attached, followed by a visit to the school.
The school will give you significant opportunities to help you develop in your career. We are a teaching school with a dedicated Leadership and Training Centre (LTC) on site which supports our staff to develop outstanding and innovative teaching, helping our students and staff to make fantastic progress. The opportunities that the LTC offers to staff to enhance their career are unique.
We are on an exciting and imaginative journey; creativity has become the heart of the school’s approach resulting in innovative approaches to:
• teaching and learning – encouraging questioning, reflection and challenge
• curriculum design – establishing a common language of learning
• use of data – supporting individual progress
• growing a ‘school of leaders’ – developing leadership at all levels
• school improvement planning – embracing creativity
Our students benefit from numerous extended learning opportunities which help them develop their qualities in addition to their qualifications, be better prepared to participate in a wider education and to face the future with confidence.
Some of the features for students beyond an excellent classroom experience are:
Brainstation (Year 7) – students develop their multiple intelligences through a carousel of activities looking at People Smart, Self Smart, Word Smart, Number Smart, Picture Smart, Music Smart, Body Smart and Nature Smart. (“It’s not how SMART you are … It’s HOW you’re smart that counts.”)
TENSILE (whole school) – a framework to support the transferable skills required for independent study now and in the future: Teamwork, Expression, Numeracy, Solving problems, Independence, Literacy and Enquiry. (“How tensile are you?”)
Immersive Learning Days (whole school) – cross curricular off-timetable days which have included Year 7 being Shipwrecked, Year 9 deepening their understanding of the Holocaust, and mixed groups of students from all year groups planning an Olympic bid from 2016.
Experience of work (Year 10) – a programme combining traditional work experience with training, visiting speakers and visits to further and higher education establishments.
A thriving artistic environment – whole-school productions, KS3 plays, Year 7 Gamelan concerts, orchestra, choir and jazz band performances and art exhibitions in local galleries are all annual activities.
We have welcoming staffrooms and supportive governors. Our community has a high regard for the school, not least through our reputation for good student behaviour.
We are a popular school and considerably over-subscribed. Parents are attracted to the school because of its emphasis on uniform, good behaviour and academic work. Most students live within walking distance of the school and we have a strong community feel. We are a uniform school and all students are encouraged to wear their uniform with pride. A high standard of dress is also expected of staff. The school maintains a firm but fair standard of discipline and believes in the traditional values of courtesy, honesty and respect for others and property. All students are expected to show good manners and consideration for others at all times, whether in or out of school. A calm and orderly atmosphere pervades the school and there is a clear emphasis on hard work and achievement.
As an outstanding school, and in order to meet the demand for places from the local community, the governors have agreed that Shenley Brook End will increase its year 7 admission number to 290 students per year from September 2015. This is an exciting prospect which will ultimately result in a full school of 1900 students.
The school is a maths and computing specialist school, with the second specialism of science. We have invested heavily in ICT provision and are well-resourced, with a school-wide wireless and CATS cabled network. We have a successful VLE, allowing home access for staff and students and the SIMs Learning Gateway.
The school achieved 76% A*-C in English and maths in 2013.