Redcar and Cleveland, United Kingdom
About Hillsview Academy
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Thank you for taking the time to consider joining the talented staff team here at Hillsiew Academy. As Principal I love to see students succeed, so to be in a job devoted to helping every student achieve the best they can in learning and life is a real privilege.
I am so proud of the progress our students make and the effort our staff and parents invest in supporting our students. As a result of continuing improvement in our students’ learning and behaviour, their achievement is better than ever before.
I know perceptions play a big part in you decision when choosing the right school in which to build a successful career. So don’t just take my word for it, come and visit us to see for yourself.
We are part of Academies Enterprise Trust network of schools, which provides a high degree of support and expertise to the whole school community; we enjoy significant partnerships with other secondary schools within Redcar and Cleveland, and a growing number of primary Academies, most of which are located close by.
I would not have entertained the idea of leading an Academy that did not have the potential to be outstanding. If you share our vision of delivering outstanding education to all children in an inclusive setting, if you want to serve the community and if you can contribute to our journey to become outstanding with your unique skills, expertise, energy, enthusiasm and passion, please ensure you submit an application.
In the meantime, I very much look forward to hearing from you. I appreciate the amount of time that goes into an application, so thank you in advance for considering joining us.
With very best regards
Mrs Gemma Simon
At Hillsview, learning is our core business. We offer a broad, balanced and stimulating curriculum for all but have built in opportunities that ensure every student is able to follow pathways which can be personalised to meet their learning needs and prepare them for a successful future.
Phase 1, (Years 7 and 8)
All students have access to
- Core subjects: English, Maths, Science, ICT, PE and RE
- Foundation subjects: Geography, History, Modern Foreign languages, Creative Arts (Art, Music, Drama) and Technology
- Focussed numeracy and literacy support
- Personal, Health and Social Education ‘drop down’ events
- Focussed interventions delivered by the Year group progress teams
Phase 2, (Years 9,10 and 11)
All students will follow a 15 hour core curriculum of:
- English, Maths, Science and PE
In the remaining 10 hours students select from our extensive range of optional subjects. Each of these options is studied for 2 ½ hours per week for three years. We use progress data to support students in making guided choices according to interest and aspiration.
All students must choose at least one of their four optional subjects from:
- Humanities (Geography, History), Modern Foreign Languages, Computer Science in order to ensure the widest possible choices for onwards progression to further education, apprenticeship or employment.
- Personal, Health and Social Education and Citizenship are delivered through pastoral lessons delivered in age specific tutorials and ‘drop down’ events.
- Specific options deliver a range of qualifications including GCSE and BTEC as appropriate to the nature of the subject.
Our approach to behaviour
All members of our community have the right to a positive and secure learning environment where the highest standards of learning and teaching can take place.
We believe that our young people need to learn how to behave in order to be successful.
It is the combination of the best possible qualifications combined with the best possible character that will ensure that our young people are equipped for the future.
Our behaviour policy is built on the 7 principles of Dr. A. Mendler’s ‘Discipline with Dignity’.
We teach our students how to behave by:
- Providing a clear and effectively communicated framework of acceptable behaviour. All students will be aware of the choices that they have.
- Establishing an academy where mutual respect and sensitivity are expected from everyone.
- Fostering positive and mature attitude towards work and relationships
- Ensuring that lessons are well planned and differentiated to engage all students
- Having standardised uniform, punctuality and attendance policies to minimise potential conflict or confrontation
- Delivering bespoke support through our inclusion base or the bridge in order to meet students’ behaviour development needs
- Establishing the Hillsview Academy ethos that learning is our core business. We will not allow the behaviour of a student to disrupt the learning of others
For more information and to view our behaviour policy please click here
Following the amalgamation of our two predecessor schools who were in special measures we have just had our first full Ofsted inspection in May 2017. We are currently judged to be in the 'special measures category'. To view all our Ofsted reports please click here
The report makes quite a number of positive statements about the school, including:
- Leadership is strengthening through external support, new appointments and support from the Trust;
- Leaders are improving the quality of assessment across the school, and pupils are making better progress than in previous years;
- Leaders are taking action to improve attendance;
- Very few pupils leave without securing their next steps into employment, education or training;
- Students in the post-16 provision make good progress from their starting points, particularly in vocational subjects;
- ‘The Bridge’ facility for vulnerable pupils provides a safe haven for pupils where they can develop their personal and learning skills and receive support.
We are disappointed that in spite of these positive statements, Ofsted found that over time, the academy has not made enough progress, and has rated the school ‘Inadequate’. Both the Academy and AET feel this judgement doesn’t take account of many things that have been put in place over the past year, and which are beginning to drive real improvement at the school. Although some of these actions are mentioned in Ofsted’s report, and are already having an impact, their full effect will need some time to build. Furthermore, since it is half a term since the Ofsted inspection took place, the school has already been taking action in many areas covered by its recommendations, particularly around safeguarding, which is always one of our chief priorities.
We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust.
We are a national network of over 60 primary, special and secondary academies. We are passionately committed to inspiring children and young people.
We’ve undergone considerable change over the last two years. Bar the name above the door, everything about AET has changed: our leadership; our governance; our financial controls; our school improvement and our curriculum support.
AET is well on its way to becoming something rather wonderful – we are a family of schools that is dedicated to education that paves the way for our young people go on to lead remarkable lives. And it’s our people who are making that a living and breathing reality in our academies.
Each and every child inspired to choose a Remarkable Life.
To gather and motivate inspirational people committed to delivering an excellent education that launches children into remarkable lives.
BE UNUSUALLY BRAVE
At AET, we choose to be unusually brave. We're not afraid to challenge wrongs, to make the right call, even when it's both unusual and difficult to do so.
DISCOVER WHAT'S POSSIBLE
We are on the search for discovering what's possible. We look to create 'eureka moments' for our students, helping them discover a world of possibilities and opportunities.
PUSH THE LIMITS
We always strive to push the limits. We don't settle for less than excellent and we won't allow our students to either. We resolve to overcome any self-imposed limits.
We commit to being big-hearted. We choose to treat each other with kindness, warmth and care, believing that everybody matters and believing in one another.
AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the ESFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our school network. To find out more about what we offer click here.
We also offer School Direct teacher training programmes across our network. For more information please click here.
To find out more about about AET please visit us at https://sites.google.com/aetinet.org/academies-enterprise-trust/home