Hounslow, United Kingdom
About Kingsley Academy
Disruption free classrooms? Polite and respectful students? A supportive and highly visible SLT? Kingsley Academy is fast becoming one of the most impressive schools in the country and is now in the Top 14% of schools nationally for progress.
Kingsley Academy has undoubtedly had a chequered past, since opening as an academy in April 2013. Poor Ofsted inspections, low exam results and a high turnover of Headteachers and staff meant that our school never really realised its potential. However in February 2019, our current Principal joined the academy, and our school has been through an impressive renaissance. In just 12 months, our school has completely transformed and is now unrecognisable. We are now an Ofsted ‘Good’ school for the first time in our school’s history. Inspectors visited in October 2019 and stated that ‘the school has rapidly transformed in a short period of time, behaviour is consistently strong and a culture of respect, collaboration and mutual support permeates the school’.
About our school:
At Kingsley Academy, we believe in morally driven education, and our staff and students model our academy ‘DNA’. The Principal and Senior Leadership Team are highly visible, proactive and ‘walk the talk’, teach key exam groups, and own whole school behaviour and culture. We operate a centralised approach towards behaviour. This means that we do not expect our teachers to have to run detentions or make negative phone calls home. That is all done centrally by the Senior and Pastoral teams. Our staff and students deserve disruption free classrooms, every lesson, every day and we support our teachers to make this a reality. Want to see what this looks like in reality? Then take a look at our school tour, which shows a typical day at the academy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dWflMm0kUJQ&t=1s
At Kingsley we also believe in ensuring that teaching is a sustainable profession. By this we mean that we eliminate unnecessary meetings and pointless paper tasks and instead put our time and energy into pedagogy, curriculum and supporting our students to achieve exceptional outcomes. We know that this is key to unlocking the very brightest futures for them. We run after school intervention every day for our Year 11 students, with all staff expected to contribute to an after school session once per week. In return we promise to reduce meetings and after school events unless they are absolutely necessary, and in particular have refined our school calendar so that between December and April, our sole focus can be supporting our students with their studies and readiness for their examinations.
At Kingsley staff work hard, but we work in a collaborative, open and supportive way. We invest in staff development and work with colleagues to overcome any barriers or challenges that they may face.
An absolute strength of our school are our students. Visitors to our school (including supply teachers on the rare occasion that they visit) comment on our students’ polite and respectful attitudes, impressive behaviour and thirst for learning. Low level disruption is extremely rare and our students are committed to their learning. We believe in disruption free classrooms, every lesson, every day.
Our aim is to establish Kingsley as ‘a school at the heart of our community, developing knowledge, ambition and kindness to prepare students for success at university and the world beyond’. We are passionate about achieving social justice for our students and believe firmly that it should not be about where you come from that determines how successful you are in life.
Our school is also well connected, located in the heart of Hounslow, just minutes from Hounslow High Street. Our school is located just 3 minute walk from Hounslow East Underground Station (Piccadilly line - Heathrow branch), with direct connections to Central London (35 minutes) and Heathrow (12 minutes). We are also located a 10 minute walk from Hounslow Railway station, with Overground connections to Clapham Junction (32 minutes) and Waterloo (40 minutes).
At Kingsley our school is underpinned by our DNA:
Walk the talk – We role model the high standards that we expect of others
High expectations – We do not lower our expectations of anybody and strive to be remarkable
No excuses – We believe firmly that all can achieve, no matter their starting point and that success is achieved through hard work
Outstanding learning – We believe in the transformative power of education and know that excellent teaching and learning is our core purpose, put simply ‘the main business is the main business’
As a school we offer:
- A happy and harmonious school community, where staff are valued and respected (in our most recent staff survey 96% of staff said that they enjoy working at the school)
- A two week October half term break (staff work hard and deserve the break!)
- A centralised behaviour system - no detentions, no negative phone calls home!
- A sensible approach to meetings - if they don’t need to happen, we don’t have them...
- A dedicated staff wellbeing co-ordinator and working party
- A centralised approach to planning, to ensure that we are all sharing our resources and minimising workload
- A strong professional learning offer, with pathways to middle leadership
- A teaching Principal and Senior Team who walk the talk and are approachable, visible and proactive
- An epic Christmas Party and Summer Barbecue!
WHY JOIN OUR ACADEMY?
We are committed to developing all staff at all levels through high quality development opportunities, resources, and experiences that will support you on your professional learning journey with AET.
We champion agile/flexible working across the Trust to help our people achieve an optimal work/life balance.
All staff have access to our pension schemes (Local Government Pension Scheme and Teachers’ Pension Scheme). Everyone has free access to financial advice & support and can access a wide range of retail discounts through our AET Benefits scheme. We also offer Technology Loans to help with any big digital purchases.
We recognise that mental wellbeing is just as important as physical and have set up employee assistance programmes which offer free and confidential counselling 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our employees can access our health cash place scheme from BHSF.
This is a hugely exciting time to be joining the organisation, and as we pivot from being in turnaround mode to becoming a high performance organisation on the pathway to sustainable excellence. This will see us building our in-house education improvement capacity and expertise, making sure that our schools have all the support they need to deliver an excellent education for every child, every day.
Our people are our single greatest resource and we want to make sure we are creating the optimum environment and conditions so that everyone in AET can do their very best work. We will only deliver on our promise of excellence for all of our children if we attract, develop and retain the very best talent in the country and surround them with exceptional development throughout their careers.
We want people on our team who are excited by scale and the prospect of having a deep and lasting impact on the lives of tens of thousands of children. We also want people who are intellectually rigorous, stay curious, and generous enough to be committed to the messy challenge of collaboration.
AET has an exciting future ahead and by joining us on this journey, you will have an unparalleled opportunity to make a lasting and meaningful impact on the children and young people in our schools.
Equality, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
At AET, we want all of our employees to feel included bringing their passion, creativity and individuality to work. We value all cultures, backgrounds and experiences, and we truly believe that diversity drives innovation.
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