Christ the King Sixth Forms: Aquinas
Lewisham, United Kingdom
About Christ the King Sixth Forms: Aquinas
Christ the King Sixth Form College is an incorporated Catholic collegiate college located in South East London with three sites, nearly 3,000 students and a strong record of growth and achievement. Christ the King Sixth Form: Emmanuel has been providing high quality sixth form education since 1992, while Christ the King Sixth Form: St Mary’s opened in 2010 and Christ the King Sixth Form: Aquinas in 2013. Our three sites each offer a distinct character, underpinned by a shared ethos and commitment to excellence in education.
Whichever site you work at, you can guarantee that you will receive high levels of support in your role from your fellow staff and your management team, as well as the opportunity to network with a large body of high quality professionals from across all three sites.
At Christ the King, our mission is simple; to help our students be the best that they can be. We offer an elite education – but to all. As part of our local community we welcome anyone who can benefit from our demanding, but inclusive, education. As a long established Catholic Sixth Form College, we are specialists in helping young people achieve their full potential by combining tradition and a fine academic record with innovation. We’re not afraid to demand the best of our students �� and they rarely let us down.
Christ the King Sixth Form: Aquinas
Our CTK Aquinas site is nestled in the Victorian suburb of Brockley, a town with a quiet and relaxed atmosphere that nonetheless supports a variety of restaurants, delicatessens and pubs. It is extremely well connected, with an Overground service that links to East and North London, as well as mainline services at its two nearby stations that serve Southeastern and Thameslink routes.
The Aquinas site is our newest and smallest site but its compact size has resulted in a highly supportive community which benefits from modern facilities and a strong commitment to our 380 students and each other.
At Christ the King, the provision of high-quality, targeted CPD for all staff, both teaching and non-teaching, is absolutely integral to our mission to provide top-quality education to our young people: staff development is an explicit priority.
Our CPD strategy involves staff in developing themselves, other staff and the College as a whole –continuous learning that is fully integrated with College processes. We support a wide portfolio of CPD approaches including staff conferences, induction programmes, NQT and early career programmes, enhanced training for experienced staff, programmes for middle and senior leaders, coaching and mentoring and training for support staff. Staff have the opportunity to undertake training but we also involve staff in sharing their experiences and excellent practices with each other.
Research and Development
The College is also committed to a research-based approach to bridge the divide between educational research and practice. A number of large and small-scale research projects are undertaken by staff each year. The extent and depth of research and collaboration, within the College and beyond it, really sets Christ the King apart. There are opportunities for staff to become involved at every stage of their career. In this way, they are developing their own subject expertise and providing leadership for others. Some of our research opportunities involve:
- Staff Study Bursaries – grants of up to £2,000 over two years to support postgraduate qualifications
- Action Research Project Bursaries – one-off grants of £500 to support action research in the College that can help drive improvements
- External collaborations – opportunities to take part in large-scale projects involving a wide variety of external stakeholders, such as our recent London Schools’ Excellence Fund Project that drew together the best of the State and Private sector in education
The College is committed to ‘growing its own’ leaders wherever possible. We seek to identify leadership skills from an early stage in a teacher’s career and provide a number of rigorous, bespoke training programmes to help them develop further.
- Leadership and Management Development
- Curriculum Development
- Pastoral Management
- Course Co-ordination
Our College-wide NQT training programme runs throughout the year providing a comprehensive programme of training and mentoring throughout this critical period in a teacher’s career. Experienced staff across the college help deliver the programme and share their excellent practice. Ten-day school placements take place in the summer term with our partner schools to enable NQTs to gain experience across other sectors and to achieve fully qualified status.
Staff employed by the College via other routes – e.g. post compulsory qualifications, or unqualified pending School Direct applications – are also supported as part of this programme.
Our membership of the Catholic Teachers Alliance offers further support to NQTs, who are able to meet with fellow NQTs from a range of schools, visit other schools and undertake small-scale action research to inform their practice and enhance their professional development.
Even when you finish your NQT Induction, we continue to provide bespoke support for early career teachers through a targeted program of training in teaching skills and career development.
At Christ the King, we invest in and nurture all our staff. Both teaching and non-teaching staff have access to opportunities for CPD and leadership development throughout their careers at the College. High-quality targeted CPD is tailored to the needs of the individual staff members and specific groups identified via quality and review processes. Support staff are also encouraged to make use of the same bursary opportunities that Teaching staff enjoy, and each year Support Managers are invited to take part in the College Leadership Programme so that we can promote and develop strong leadership at all levels of Support staff.
All of our sites offer modern, high-quality facilities and equipment to support students and staff in the delivery of their work. We provide excellent on-site support in the areas of IT, Human Resources and Administration in order to facilitate your roles.
Most teaching staff will benefit from a designated classroom and all staff have their own office space where they can enjoy uninterrupted time to complete tasks.
All our sites provide a spacious and comfortable staff area containing kitchen facilities and at each College you will find a canteen, serving affordable hot and cold food. We also have modern gyms, with a range of equipment that staff can make use of outside of student hours and staff are welcome to enjoy social activities such as football or badminton using our sports facilities.
All our staff, Teachers and Support, have the opportunity to join Teachers’ Pensions or the Local Government Pension Scheme. These schemes are well established with a significant employer’s contribution to your retirement savings.
The College operates salary scales agreed at a national level between the SFCA and the Unions that offer consistent salary progression with experience, and the promotion opportunities offered by three closely linked sites are considerable.
We have ample parking on all three sites.
Perhaps the greatest benefit however is being part of a strong community; that works for each other, socialises with each other, and celebrates our joint efforts in successfully educating our students.
As an NQT in my first year of employment, Christ The King was incredibly supportive and offered an extensive training programme throughout all stages of the academic year. This programme not only provides individual and tailored teaching advice, but also more holistic professional development throughout areas such as curriculum, pastoral care, legislation and assessment.- Jasmin Page, Teacher of Art and Textiles
One of the reasons I was keen to join CTK was because I knew I would be encouraged in my professional development. The College has supported me financially to gain my MA in Leadership & Educational Management from the Institute of Education, University College London. This has proved to be invaluable. Equally important, however, has been the encouragement and support I have been given by the Principal.- David Pearson, Learning Resources Manager
A great opportunity to reflect on my leadership role and values and build self-awareness, strategic understanding and confidence. Also, a great opportunity to do some academic research and form professional relationships across the college.- Michael O’Hanlon, Director of Curriculum
Working in a post-16 institution such as Christ the King provides the opportunity to teach in an environment where students are challenged to excel academically at an incredibly pivotal stage of adolescence. Not only is it greatly gratifying to facilitate this academic success, but even more rewarding to witness and support students in developing their self-confidence and in discovering aspirations for their future progression.- Paula Amony , Head of Hall