Co-op Academy Swinton
Salford, United Kingdom
About Co-op Academy Swinton
Welcome from our Headteacher
Thank you for considering this post at Co-op Academy Swinton. We hope you will find all you need to help you consider our school for your next career move. We’re part of the Co-op Academies Trust, a multi-academy trust sponsored by the Co-op, committed to co-operative values and providing outstanding educational opportunities for our students. Our role is to help our students achieve their very best through both academic success and personal development. Through the hard work of everyone at our academy, we are confident that our students enjoy a happy, challenging and successful five year journey. They are set high expectations for their work, uniform, manners and, most importantly, their aspirations. We give them the support they need to have the best start in life possible. We provide an outstanding setting for education with year on year improvements in our students’ results, placing us in the top three schools in Salford.
On arriving at our school, you immediately notice the excellent relationships evident between our students and staff and the purposeful environment in lessons. With this foundation, our students’ journey to being confident, happy and able to achieve their aspiration has already started. We have a culture of achievement, which is based on rewards, not punishment, which encourages individual growth and shares the co-operative values.
We value our students’ views and have a thriving student council. We are ambitious to give our children every advantage, and as a Co-op Academies Trust school, have access to exceptional support and development opportunities for students and staff. These include high quality work experience placements, apprenticeship opportunities and training. If you share our vision for Co-op Academy Swinton and are determined to help our students strive to achieve their best then I look forward to reading your application.
Mr Mark Harrison, Headteacher, Co-op Academy Swinton
Swinton is situated on the outskirts of Salford, bordering Bolton, Bury and Trafford. It is well served by the motorway networks, M6, M60 and M62 giving access to the surrounding countryside of Cheshire, Lancashire, The Lake District and Derbyshire national parks. The academy is within easy reach of the rail network into Manchester City Centre. Swinton rail station is two minutes’ walk away and serves the Southport, Wigan, Bolton, Manchester lines. The regeneration of Manchester city centre, Salford Quays and the Trafford Centre gives a wide diversity of theatres, clubs, cinemas, restaurant and shopping opportunities within a few miles of our academy. LS Lowry, the famous artist, lived within a few hundred yards of our school where he painted some of his most famous works. Co-op Academy Swinton, an 11-16 comprehensive is one of 14 high schools and academies in the Salford Local Authority. On the 1st August 2011 our school converted to an Academy and on 1st March 2018 we joined the Co-op Academies Trust
Our school originally came into existence in September 1988 when Wardley High School and Pendlebury High School merged to form a single 11-16 comprehensive school on one site, located half a mile from Swinton town centre. Whilst our buildings vary considerably in age and appearance, internal refurbishment of existing facilities has provided a pleasant working environment. A new maths suite, totally refurbished science laboratories, an ICT resource area comprising five computer rooms, a technology block and refurbished art and library facilities have improved the teaching environment. Improvements to the school environment have been substantial over the last few years and are continuing. We regard the environment as an important factor in encouraging students to learn and every effort is made to maintain high standards. Despite all of these developments we acknowledge the need for continued refurbishment for our school so we may continue to serve our community in the best possible environment.
Co-op Academy Swinton is popular and one of the most improved schools in the country. Inspected under the new Ofsted inspection framework in 2015, we are delighted to have achieved a good judgement in every category and an overall judgement of good. We are well on the way to becoming the Outstanding school that the community deserves. We continue our drive for excellence, in everything we do, to better our student’s life chances. Our school is an 11-16 comprehensive is one of 14 high schools and academies in the Salford Local Authority.
In September 2015 we launched the innovative E2BN ICT Solution, being the first school in England to do so. This will put us at the cutting edge of cloud-based learning. We have almost one laptop or tablet PC per student in the school. Every teacher currently has their own laptop computer and all staff who wish to have an interactive whiteboard and visualiser in their classrooms do so. Lesson observations show that ICT for learning is a strength across all areas of the curriculum.
We attract students across the full ability range, and have at present 806 and increasing year on year, students between the ages of 11 and 16 years on roll. Our students are drawn mainly from the Swinton, Clifton, Pendlebury and Wardley areas of Salford. However, it is worth noting that 1:5 of our students are from out of the immediate catchment area. This is a phenomenon which reflects our increasing popularity and is directed related to our growing reputation and improving exam results. 20% of our students are eligible for Free School Meals and there are 7 students with Educational Health Care Plans and 9 Looked After Children. There is a substantial upsurge in student numbers currently in our local feeder primary schools and the expectation is that by 2018 Co-op Academy Swinton, along with many local secondary schools, will be full to capacity.
We believe that the success of our pupils is founded on high expectations, on good teaching and a solid partnership between school and home. ‘Respect’ and ‘Strive to Achieve’ underpin everything we do and drive our school to challenge ourselves and each other. The system of care, guidance and support underpins the ethos of the school. It is based on the Year Group principle led by a Pupil Progress Coordinator (a qualified teacher) with a full time Year Manager in assistance. The Pupil Progress Coordinator reports to the line manager Assistant or Deputy Headteacher. Three year managers and two social inclusion officers support learning for children by providing a complementary service to existing staff, external agencies working with the school and links with parents, with an aim to assist in improving attendance and academic attainment of targeted children. Our Year Managers also provide post-school study support. All our staff are committed to this system, both as form tutors and in their working relationship with the pupils. All staff are expected to support the maintenance of high standards of behaviour, discipline, appearance and uniform, upon which the school places a high priority. There is a Student Council with representatives from each year group, including the Head Boy, Head Girl and senior prefects. They meet to discuss issues raised by pupils at form and year level. There is a planned form tutor programme every morning, organised by the Pupil Progress Coordinator.
We believe that the success of our students is founded on high expectations, on good teaching and a solid partnership between school and home. ‘Respect’ and ‘Strive to Achieve’ underpin everything we do and drive our academy to challenge ourselves, and each other. Our system of care, guidance and support underpins the ethos of the academy. It is based on the Year Group principle led by a Pupil Progress Coordinator (a qualified teacher) with a full time Year Manager in assistance. The Pupil Progress Coordinator reports to the line manager Assistant or Deputy Headteacher. Three Year Managers and two social inclusion officers support learning for children by providing a complementary service to existing staff, external agencies working with the school and links with parents, with an aim to assist in improving attendance and academic attainment of targeted children. Our Year Managers also provide post-school study support. All our staff are committed to this system, both as form tutors and in their working relationship with the students. All staff are expected to support the maintenance of high standards of behaviour, discipline, appearance and uniform, upon which the academy places a high priority. There is a Student Council with representatives from each year group, including our Head Boy, Head Girl and Senior Prefects. They meet to discuss issues raised by students at form and year level. There is a planned form tutor programme every morning, organised by the Pupil Progress Coordinator.
We have a staffing complement of some 70 full and part-time members, including teachers, support assistants, site, administrative/reprographic staff, technicians, cleaners and kitchen staff. Since September 2012 we now manage our own catering and cleaning, and those staff are directly employed by the academy. Our academic structure is based on a system of four Faculty Leaders: Communications (English, French and Spanish), Mathematics, Science and Humanities are each led by a Director of Learning. There are six Head of Departments: Technology, Computer Science, Business Studies & ICT, Arts & Textiles, PE, Music & Drama and Special Educational Needs. All reporting to their respective Deputy Head or Assistant Head Line Manager. Our extended leadership team consists of core senior leaders and four directors of learning. There is a fully calendared programme of weekly directed time meetings including: regular Curriculum, ICT for learning, Care, guidance and support and Senior Leadership Team Meetings. We place high emphasis on staff development both for school improvement and personal professional development. There is a successful Induction programme for new staff, which has been praised by Ofsted.
As an example of our ‘Respect’ and ‘Strive to Achieve’ agenda we provide a wide range of extra-curricular activities, which are well supported by students and all staff. These provide opportunities for students to follow their interests and talents in drama, sport, music and dance. Our school’s musical activities have an excellent reputation and the Steel Pans have performed in a wide variety of locations. All staff are actively involved in a comprehensive range of extra-curricular activities including an extensive programme of after-school lessons, clubs and activities.
Recognised in our Ofsted inspections of 2007 and 2012, Co-op Academy Swinton has developed outstanding links with the local community through community placements including local nurseries and old people’s homes and the local Salford Business Education Partnership. We are one of only 21 Manchester United Foundation Schools in the country and work closely with Salford Red Devils and Swinton Lions Rugby teams. Termly concerts are a regular feature of the school calendar, which are well supported by staff, parents, governors and pupils.
All faculties have developed links with feeder Primary Schools. We have a Deputy Headteacher responsible for transition between Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 and all staff participate in primary liaison activities at some point during the year, usually but not exclusively, in June and July. This is an extremely successful programme, recognised as such in our 2007 and 2012 Ofsted inspection reports. At Key Stage 4 we provide careers advice and guidance to all pupils. In addition to this, local and national charities are well supported by our school community.
We take attendance very seriously and see good staff and pupil attendance as a key factor in sustaining school improvement. For the last five years our pupil attendance has risen annually and for the last four years it has been significantly above the national average for all secondary schools. Raiseonline consistently shows this element of our work to be outstanding.
We have a detailed development planning cycle aimed at fostering a shared determination to develop an already good school into an outstanding one. Monitoring and evaluation of teaching is incorporated into the school calendar and Performance Management is thriving. We operate a range of monitoring and evaluation processes such as formal lesson observations, learning walks, work samples and our Directors of Learning regularly monitor staff planners.
We believe that the breadth and quality of the Curriculum is central to the ongoing achievement, progress and motivation of our students. We adopt a rigorous programme of literacy intervention to support our academy pledge that every child has a reading age of 10.5 or more by the end of Year 7. This ensures that our students can all access the opportunities that our modern curriculum presents to them. Our school operates a two year Key Stage 3 in Years 7 and 8 followed by a three year Key Stage 4 in Years 9, 10 and 11. Guided option choices are made in Year 8. Students will be given every support and encouragement to pursue subjects aligned to their abilities and interests.
We are committed to giving our pupils the best possible learning opportunities. In addition to our substantial investment to support ICT for learning we are continuously developing collaborative staff approaches to learning for example by thriving coaching sets, Kagan Structures, use of lesson objectives and assessment for learning techniques. The importance of teaching and learning permeates through all of our work. It is a first agenda item on almost all of our meetings.