Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom
About Ashfield School
Ashfield School is the largest single site 11-18 secondary school in the country (NOR 2562) and is a great place to work. Whilst the website can give you a flavour of the outstanding facilities on offer to our staff and students, a visit to the school is recommended for prospective applicants to appreciate its unique qualities and vibrant atmosphere.
Students and staff share high expectations of each other and we enjoy good relationships with parents who support the school’s aims. Our mission statement is very clear; ‘To support and challenge all learners to aspire to fulfill their potential now and in the future.’
Put simply; to develop and improve the school further we intend to recruit the best, most enthusiastic and talented staff at every opportunity. We are looking for people who are committed to improving the life chances of Ashfield students and who can fit the friendly, hard-working and ambitious profile of the staff already here. Of course, each new member of staff will also bring something new and add to the deep pool of talent at the school.
All staff at Ashfield are fully supported to develop professionally. Our in-house CPD programme is a particular strength. Each member of staff is encouraged and expected to tap into the array of professional development opportunities on offer.
John Maher - Headteacher
“The leadership team has maintained the good quality of education in the school since the last inspection. You have invested the school with a strong sense of moral purpose. Typically, the pupils show positive attitudes to learning and, progressively, they develop a quietly expressed sense of ambition and purpose for the things that they want from their education. The quality of teaching has improved and so the progress made by the pupils in lessons is secure, has improved overall and is currently good.”
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of a satisfactory enhanced level DBS disclosure, two satisfactory references and successful completion of vetting procedures.
It is an offence to apply for a role if candidates are barred from engaging in Regulated Activity relevant to children. A copy of the Trust's policy on the employment of ex-offenders can be found here www.twocountiestrust.co.uk/trust-policies. A copy of the school's child protection policy can be found here: www.ashfield.notts.sch.uk/Policies.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and as such we are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Candidates with a disability who meet the minimum job criteria will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at interview.
The Two Counties Trust
Who we are
The school is a member of The Two Counties Trust. The Trust is a family of schools with a common ethos and values who share collective goals. We have a united passion to transform the lives of children and young people in our local community by achieving the very best we can for every student in our schools. Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all, enabling our students to gain confidence, raise their aspirations and become well prepared for adult life.
Why should you join us?
We are a large and growing Trust, which currently employs over 1,200 colleagues. We support career and professional development through structured CPD, secondments to other schools within the Trust (including promotion opportunities), and we foster sharing of good practice through a range of subject specialist groups across our schools. These opportunities to develop your career exist within a culture that values your contribution and enables you to achieve your personal goals whilst improving the educational experience and life choices of our students.
When joining any of our schools, you will receive a structured induction, and if you are an NQT, you can expect a programme of professional advice and support to help you successfully complete the NQT year.
We offer you:
- A competitive salary and benefits package including pensions, generous holiday provisions and ancillary benefits. Our pay scales for Allowances, UPR and Leadership are above the national pay scales;
- An environment where you will be working with a dedicated team of like-minded professionals;
- The chance to develop your skills, practice and experience through a range of opportunities
with one or more of our schools
We recognise that supporting and enabling your career development is important. As such, we have developed a framework called Career Pathways to provide a personal development structure to support aspiring, new and experienced teachers to take the next steps in their career development. To find out more please go to: The Two Counties Trust Career Pathways
What we seek from you:
- A commitment to our ethos and values;
- A passion to deliver the best education you can for every child or young person, making a positive difference;
- The energy to act as a role model and a source of inspiration for our students.
Where we are
We are a growing Trust with a strong reputation. Our schools are located in the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and our current schools are Ashfield School, Frederick Gent School, Friesland School, Heritage High School, The Manor Academy, Selston High School, Springwell Community College, Swanwick Hall School and Wilsthorpe School.
To find out more about us, please go to The Two Counties Trust website.
We hope we will be welcoming you to our Trust in the near future.
Thank you so much for the opportunity, support and development. It has been instrumental in my teaching and the next step in my career progress.- Employee 2020
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time at Ashfield school. The support network from the Head down through middle management to staff and colleagues is second to none. Ashfield is a superb school.- Employee 2020
The opportunities for teaching and learning that are run by Nicky are always excellent. I have always been inspired by her commitment to sharing best practice. I have also been given the opportunity to develop myself through leadership pathways and NPQML courses.- Quote from Ashfield School's Employee Survey 2019
The team that I work with are brilliant and in general always want to do everything they can to support each and every child and each other. I think this is reflected more widely in the school with the Head who leads by example and who is approachable and appreciates when we work hard and go the extra mile. The school is generally a very caring place to work.- Quote from Ashfield School's Employee Survey 2019
The supportive, positive ethos at Ashfield school. Teaching is a difficult and time consuming job and added unnecessary pressures seen in other schools are not conducive to good staff morale. I like that I feel that the school is positive and supportive in allowing us to get on with our job in the best way to enable pupils to reach their potential.- Quote from Ashfield School's Employee Survey 2019
We have smashing students here at Ashfield. Honest, Polite and will work hard for you if you work hard for them. Our Head Teacher is excellent and I trust him to do the best by me as an employee. He is fully aware of the staff who are working well and is working to establish a new culture which I welcome. I believe Ashfield will go from strength to strength. I work in a very supportive faculty where good practice is shared regularly. Behaviour both positive and negative are addressed and dealt with accordingly. It's great being part of a sociable and happy team- Quote from Ashfield School's Employee Survey 2019
I love my school, there are so many fantastic staff and pupils and I think we are treated incredibly generously. We have more free time to plan and mark than any other teaching staff I know at other schools and we are up to date with things such as modern marking policies. Senior leadership are fair and consistent in their messages, I do not feel I'm ever asked to do something I'm not happy to do and I'm offered lots of opportunities to further myself and am supported in any issues with pupils. I'm happy to come to work everyday here - it's a really friendly, well run school.- Quote from Ashfield School's Employee Survey 2019