Durrington High School
West Sussex, United Kingdom
About Durrington High School
Working at Durrington
At Durrington we have worked hard to develop a culture in our school where teachers and leaders are looked after, supported and professionally enriched. We would love to hear from you if you think that you might want to play a part in the exciting Durrington journey! In an ever-changing educational landscape, we focus on clear priorities:
- Ensuring all staff are able to have a sensible work/life balance - this means that we constantly review what we do, so teachers and leaders are able to focus on their core purpose.
- An evidence informed approach to teaching and CPD - we don’t want our teachers wasting their time on low-impact, gimmicky approaches to teaching. We want them to shape their teaching around what research evidence says is most likely to work. As one of only 32 Research Schools in the country, we are at the forefront of ensuring everything we do is informed by research evidence.
- Developing and growing our own excellent leaders, who in turn are able to nurture their own high-performing teams.
- Appointing external candidates with shared values, who will thrive in our school.
Looking After Our Staff
At Durrington we know that our staff are our most valuable resource. As a result, we have put in place a number of strategies to alleviate the pressures on staff. These include:
- We have moved away from a ‘tick-box’ approach to teaching and have embraced a ‘tight but loose’ approach. We want teaching to be tight, in terms of focusing on sound, evidence-informed pedagogical principles, but loose in terms of how this is interpreted in classrooms by subject specialists.
- Each department has developed their own streamlined feedback and homework policies, aimed at reducing workload whilst optimising impact.
- Teachers are not expected to write lengthy reports for students, but to record a current and projected grade for students and a judgement grade for effort and homework. •
- Enhanced pay scales and rapid progression opportunities.
- Teacher non-contact time above the national average.
- We have just three data collection points for each year group in a year, informed by ongoing assessment of student progress.
- We do not grade lesson observations.
- Fortnightly joint planning CPD within curriculum teams saves a significant amount of time for individual teachers.
- INSET days are used for collaborative planning in curriculum teams.
- Teachers are not expected to keep lengthy ‘evidence files’ for appraisal.
- All staff are registered with ‘Health Shield’. This is a workplace health scheme that provides staff with a variety of benefits such as support with a range of health services e.g. acupuncture, physiotherapy, etc
- Access to the Schools UK Eyecare plan.
''Being a curriculum leader has given me the opportunity to build a department around my ideas. It has been a great experience to do this within a well organised and structured whole school environment. The school systems and support from pastoral teams and the leadership team have given me advice and new ideas, whilst helping with my own personal leadership development.''- Head of Geography
''We are constantly reviewing our practices so that teachers are enabled to focus on the main function - planning and delivering great lessons.''- Shaun Allison, Head of School Improvement
''Colleagues from my trainee year have commented that they do not feel supported in their schools and that their ideas and contributions to the school or department are rarely appreciated. I struggle to empathise - I could not feel more supported, valued, appreciated and understood in the environment at Durrington''- NQT
''Over the course of my NQT year I have been encouraged to do things my way. Never has Durrington tried to make me be anything beyond the best version of myself as a teacher.''- NQT
''Being informed by the most current educational literature, I know that my teaching methods are providing students with the deal that they deserve. I owe the support in improving my use of these methods to Durrington.''- NQT