Buile Hill Academy
Salford, United Kingdom
About Buile Hill Academy
Buile Hill Visual Arts College is an 11 - 16, co-educational, fully comprehensive community school, serving the inner city community of Salford. It is a rapidly improving school, which has a growing reputation in the area. All our year groups are expanding quickly and we are currently oversubscribed in year 7 and expect this to work through into all year groups. We serve one of the most deprived areas in the country and our percentage of children entitled ton pupil premium funding is high. We insist on the highest standards at all times and only the best staff are invited to join our community. There are approximately 750 pupils on roll and we have an experienced team of teachers, support staff and pastoral leaders in each house. There is a highly skilled administrative team and all staff on site contributes to the ethos of the school, which is one of working together to ensure that each pupil fulfils their full potential.
We were last inspected in October 2012 and we were delighted with a ‘good’ judgment which was well deserved recognition for the progress we had made as a school. A subject inspection in Business, ICT & Enterprise in April of the same year also resulted in the school being deemed as ‘Good’ in this area. However, we are not complacent and we work regularly with a group of current Ofsted inspectors and HMI to ensure we maintain our high professional standards with all the staff receiving high quality CPD. Each faculty undergoes an annual faculty review in addition. Again, this is led by an external consultant to maintain objectivity and ensures we are working in line with current national policy. We spend a large proportion of the school budget on CPD and believe strongly in developing leadership at all levels. We have attached examples of the programmes we offer to ensure we are constantly at the forefront of innovation and have high levels of expertise. We seek staff with a passion for teaching and a desire to enable young people to achieve their personal best. We wish to recruit excellent practitioners who deliver learning and teaching that matches individual needs, challenges and inspires minds, and ensures that every young person aspires to succeed.
Our Senior Leadership Team consists of a Headteacher, four Assistant Headteachers, Business Manager aswell as our Director of Quality Systems. Each term we second two members of the school staff onto SLT to enrich this group and provide additional experience to the members of staff involved. We have produced and deliver an externally accredited leadership programme for staff in school to undertake if their application and proposed project is successful.
Academic standards have risen from 20% 5A* - C including English and maths in 2010 (when a new Senior Leadership Team was established), to 59% in 2013. We encountered a dip in our results last year to 46%, partly due to the new accountability measures, and partly due to a strategic decision to reduce the number of vocational qualifications on offer in preparation for Progress 8. Our results are expected to increase to in excess of 60% this year. We are currently experiencing a changing demographic in school with our current year 7 meeting national standards for the first time and with many more able students choosing this school; we are therefore flourishing and growing rapidly in KS3.
Examination courses commence in Year 9, with considerable subject choice within National Curriculum guidelines, culminating in GCSE accreditation. The school offers a curriculum which is mostly GCSE based but we do also offer some vocational courses. Students take three option subjects for two hours a week in addition to English, Maths and Science. Core PE is taken by all students but also available as an option and Computer Science will soon be taken by all students. RE and PSHE is taught within the extensive form time programme.
The caring atmosphere within the school has a firm, underlying commitment to high standards of behaviour, attitude and effort. The Buile Hill Family is very important to us and every member of our community is linked to a House. We are particularly proud of our hardworking and talented staff who nominate each other weekly for the FRED (Friendly, Resourceful, Enthusiastic and Dedicated) draw. Consequently, during every Friday briefing a lucky and well deserved member of staff takes home a bottle of champagne as a small token of our thanks for going above and beyond that week. We celebrate excellent staff attendance half termly and are very proud to have a healthy, happy and friendly staff, with one of the lowest rates of staff absence in the LA.
House Coordinators have responsibility for the academic progress and attitudes to learning of their mixed year house group and play an integral part in the drive for consistently high academic standards. Children in each house compete to win one of the regular house activities. We have four non-teaching Raising Achievement Co-ordinators in school who strategically lead on the following areas: Behaviour, Safeguarding, Attendance and Achievement.
The School has a well defined Induction Programme for NQT's and new staff which is co-ordinated by an Assistant Headteacher who is also responsible for our SCITT. This means we train our own teachers and are able to award the Qualified Teacher Status. In addition, we are part of an alliance offering School Direct training places and PGCE places each term. We are undertaking such initiatives because the support we provide trainee teachers, as well as those new to the profession, is exemplary.
In September 2008, we moved into a brand new building. Our new school has provided us with the ‘state of the art’ facilities in all subject areas. The latest ICT is embedded throughout the curriculum to further develop learning and support teachers. All teachers are issued with a laptop, every classroom has an interactive whiteboard and many have visualisers. We have innovative plans to expand the use of technology to further support learning in the future.
Our school day starts at 8.25am with a twenty minute form time. This is followed by five, one hour, lessons separated by a fifteen morning break and a thirty minute split lunch. School finishes at 2.30pm, after which there is an extensive programme of extra-curricular clubs, interventions and activities undertaken by the majority of our young people.
Finally, our school is a friendly, vibrant and exciting place to be educated or to work. Every member of our school community is recognised and valued for the individual they are and each one is given every opportunity to fulfil their potential. If, after reading the information presented in this pack, you are interested in applying for the post we would encourage you to take time to visit our website and in particular our twitter feed, which demonstrates how student centered we are.
Still interested? You are most welcome to come and visit us, before submitting your application.