Hackney New School
Hackney, United Kingdom
About Hackney New School
Hackney New School opened in September 2013. The school has embarked on a journey to become an outstanding school, under the experienced leadership of Charlotte Whelan. As the new Headteacher, Mrs Whelan has outlined a clear vision for the school where students will achieve outstanding outcomes and thrive in their personal development.
We have the aim of making HNS the best school in Hackney and are already making headway as we work towards this goal. We received positive feedback from Ofsted’s recent visit to the school in November 2019 with the key points summarised below:
- ‘Pupils and staff say that the school is now a different place.’
- ‘In a short space of time, the new headteacher, trust CEO and senior leaders have created a calm place to learn. Pupils’ behaviour is improving.’
- ‘Leaders have put in place systems and structures to teach pupils how to behave respectfully. Pupils follow school routines at the start of the day and following break and lunchtimes. This enables lessons to begin in an orderly way.’
- ‘Leaders and managers are taking effective action to improve behaviour and secure consistently positive attitudes to learning. Safeguarding arrangements are effective.’
Hackney New School’s curriculum focuses on the core subjects of the English Baccalaureate, whilst also allowing students to develop in the creative subjects such as Art, Drama and Music. We were established as a school with an emphasis on Music, and this remains a part of our identity as we are endowed with excellent music facilities.
Our aim is to ensure our students develop into well rounded individuals with excellent qualifications and the skills and qualities required to contribute and participate effectively in society. We want our students to become confident, resilient and responsible citizens.
Who we are
At HNS we pride ourselves on our highly motivated teachers who are committed to providing the best education to all students. As a small school with an intake of 100 students each year, we are in the position to develop exceptional relationships between teachers and students and get to know our students as individuals,
We have a supportive staff and leadership team, where we all challenge and support each other in our respective roles. We have ten HNS Values which we don’t just pay lip service to, but are embodied in everything we do.
Our core vision is to provide students with access to the widest range of opportunities in life by fostering academic excellence and developing students to embody the ten HNS Values which will stand them in good stead for their futures. We want our students to do what’s right, try new things, be kind and work together to improve our community, amongst other key values and attributes. We expect all of our staff team to lead by example in demonstrating these values.
Work for us
We offer you an exceptional workplace to come and develop your teaching career in, with supportive colleagues and bright students who are eager to learn when presented with high expectations and the right level of challenge!
We provide the opportunity to benefit from a comprehensive CPD programme and to work in an environment with an ambitious and experienced leadership team who are determined to make HNS the best school in Hackney. Alongside the excellent CPD programme, we provide numerous opportunities for staff to develop their leadership skills and progress in their careers across the Community Schools Trust, of which HNS is a part. We provide our staff with great support, to ensure they are confident and competent in getting the job done to the best standard.
We also focus on ensuring staff well being and that all of our team are supported in their roles, providing a comprehensive induction to all new starters. Being a small school, all of our staff know each other. We hold regular staff socials and recognise the efforts of our staff through a number of means. Finally our leadership team is approachable and used to “sweeping the sheds”. They won’t ask staff to do something that they don’t do. We also offer our staff a three week Christmas break - meaning you’ve got the time to treat yourself to a long haul flight to get some winter sunshine!
We constantly look for ways to reduce staff workload, so we’ve done away with formal lesson observations and introduced a live marking initiative that cuts down on the need to lug home heavy class sets of books! We have centralised behaviour systems, which again reduce workload and let you focus on what we want our teachers to do - teach the best lessons! We have centralised lesson planning to avoid duplication of work, ensure excellence and again to cut down on teacher workload. We also have clear systems and structures for everything from behaviour to rewards, all to make life easy for our staff.
Finally we’re based in a great location in Hackney, surrounded by great bars and cafes. Ideal for a bite to eat at lunch and a drink after work. Even if you’re not quite a hipster, it’s a trendy location and an easy commute given that our state of the art buildings are located on the canal basin in Haggerston and only a minute walk away from Haggerston Overground Station.