Plymouth, United Kingdom
About Plymstock School
Plymstock School is a co-educational 11-18 non-selective school of over 1600 students, with 250 in the Sixth Form. We are a very popular choice with parents and are significantly oversubscribed. Consequently, we are expanding our Year 7 school intake from 260 to 300 students each year.
Plymstock is a suburb of Plymouth and lies approximately three miles to the east of the city. It is within easy access of the A38, and teachers commute from Cornwall, Dartmoor and the South Hams. Most students live in the Plymstock area.
Visitors are always impressed with the outstanding atmosphere they experience around the school and how courteous and welcoming our students and staff are. Students take pride in their school and respond positively to the extremely high standards expected of them. All staff promote a can-do attitude amongst students, encouraging them to aspire to attain their highest academic and personal goals.
The atmosphere here is characterised by outstanding behaviour for learning and energetic, innovative teaching. Learning opportunities nurture creativity and enterprise. Our staff are dedicated to sustaining a school where excellent teaching enables students to develop their abilities to the full. High expectations and a sharp focus on learning and achieving are successfully combined with a pervading sense of care and support for individuals.
A very well-designed curriculum exerts a powerful influence on learning. Students follow a broad and balanced curriculum and most students in KS4 take a GCSE in French or German and a Humanities subject.
In September 2017, we joined forces with a group of four other secondary schools (Coombe Dean School, Hele’s School, Ivybridge Community College and Callington Community College) and eight primary schools, to form the Westcountry Schools Trust (WeST). Our mission statement is ‘Stronger together…every child in a great school’. We are the largest and highest performing multi-academy trust in the area.
This collaboration brings benefits to staff, which include:
- Enhanced staff development through increased opportunities to share best practice and professional development programmes; adding real value to the professional learning journey and career progression.
- Valued wellbeing; ensuring our staff are happy, healthy and safe.
- Smarter working through shared materials with the aim of reducing workload and minimising bureaucracy.
- Structured talent pool management with a wider platform for succession planning beyond the single school.
- Dynamic cross-phase working with a greater awareness and understanding of each sector.
- Wider opportunities for career development through intentional design, not by chance.
- Supportive governance with a clear focus on strategic development.