The Stockwood Park Academy
Luton, United Kingdom
About The Stockwood Park Academy
Welcome to The Stockwood Park Academy, one of the four Academies under The Shared Learning Trust.
Vision and Values
'Strive, achieve, believe!' - We want our children to strive for their goals, achieve those goals and believe that with the right drive and motivation anything is possible. We provide opportunities for all our students and adults to be aspirational and develop a passion and excitement for learning. Working with our communities, we ensure all students are able to achieve beyond their targets to reach the success they deserve. Our students develop a strong self-belief so that they flourish and develop into well-rounded, self-respecting young people.
'We recruit people for attitude and train for skills' - We aim to recruit people who have the right attitude. If you have a love for teaching and are passionate about seeing children succeed, we can help you do the rest. We can offer custom-made support packages that focus on the quality of teaching and learning, curriculum development and all aspects of Leadership and Management. Whether you would like help with planning, preparing and delivering outstanding lessons, building your confidence within the classroom or developing your behaviour management strategies, we have all the CPD and training you need
About The Stockwood Park Academy
Providing the very best education for all our students is the simple goal for The Stockwood Park Academy. Whilst firmly rooted in traditional values, we have made our Academy a vibrant and exciting place with a positive ethos that runs throughout the Academy. We want our children to flourish and develop into decent, disciplined, well-educated and employable adults.
We have an innovative curriculum, which makes the transition from primary to secondary education an enriching and enjoyable experience and enables students to follow a personalised route to success. Our students are achieving the highest standards in the classroom, on the sports field and among the community.
Our state of the art building which we moved into in February 2011 offers cutting edge facilities that are benefiting students even further. Our hardworking and motivated staff are providing outstanding lessons and are given the best possible support. We work closely with parents and carers, encouraging their children to achieve and ensuring that excellent progress is made.
With the rigorous use of data, constant assessment of student progress and quality assurance methods, together, we are achieving more than we ever thought possible. We instantly respond if students experience difficulties. Dialogue with teachers is encouraged as a framework for students to develop ideas, ask questions think about their learning.
If you want to lead in a highly effective team, contribute to raising standards and aspirations of young people then Stockwood Park is the place for you!
Ofsted at The Stockwood Park Academy
Leadership and Management: ‘GOOD’
- The leadership team are working effectively under the direction of the Principal and Associate Principal. There is a good range of effective professional development opportunities for staff, which are based within the academy. Leaders have successfully created a good culture for staff development.
Behaviour and Safety of Students: ‘GOOD’
- The behaviour of the students is good. Students are proud to be at the academy. They wear their uniform with pride. Students make good contributions to their learning and most complete their work with care and attention to how it is presented. Students behave well in lessons, the Academy works very hard to ensure that students whose behaviour is challenging are given good support. One student said, ‘The academy has really helped me to improve.’
Quality of Teaching: ‘GOOD’
- In most areas, including English and mathematics, there is evidence of good teaching. Teachers have strong subject knowledge, a good understanding of how students learn, and high expectations. Planning is consistent and effective, and, in the main, careful assessment enables the teachers to know the students well
Achievement of Pupils: ‘GOOD’
- Students enter the Academy with knowledge and skills that are typically below average for their age and abilities. They make good progress in English, Mathematics, Humanities, and most other subjects. The proportion of students making better than expected levels of progress, given their starting points, are good in both English and Mathematics.
About The Shared Learning Trust
The Shared Learning Trust is a stand-alone multi academy trust which runs a family of four schools based in Bedfordshire:
- The Stockwood Park Academy, Luton, ages 11-18
- The Chalk Hills Academy, Luton, ages 11-18
- The Linden Academy, Luton, ages 4-11
- The Vale Academy, Dunstable, ages 2-11
- The Sixth Form, Luton, ages 16-19
Our Academies are supported in their work by our Teaching School, based at The Chalk Hills Academy.
The structure of our family of schools means that we can be with a child every step of the way, from teaching them to tie their shoe laces right through to congratulating them on their university place or their first job.
Our Trust is vibrant and friendly, supported by 3 state-of-the-art buildings. It is a learning environment where all students have the opportunity to be high achievers, make good friends, contribute to their community and take part in a wide range of extra-curricular activities.
CPD and Training: Our Teaching Trust - WE INVEST IN YOU!
All four Academies at The Shared Learning Trust are a part of our Teaching Trust. We aim to offer exception teacher training and high quality professional development programmes to new and experienced staff to support them in excelling in their career.
Our programmes are facilitated by experienced school leaders, who have exemplary records in leadership and improving outcomes for their students. We are able to cater for specific requests and can offer custom-made support packages that focus on the quality of teaching and learning, curriculum development and aspects of Leadership and Management.
We currently offer 'The National Award for Middle Leaders', 'The Outstanding Teacher Programme', 'The Improving Teacher Programme' and 'The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership'. As Stockwood Park Academy is part of a Multi-Academy Trust, there are fantastic opportunities to climb the career ladder. The Shared Learning Trust are a firm believer in helping all staff reach their full potential and developing their career within our Academies. If you are willing and wanting, we will do all we can to put you on the relevant courses and give you the right opportunities so you can keep achieving more in your career. If there isn't a current opportunity at The Stockwood Park Academy for promotion, there will be opportunities to move to one of our partner Academies.
The Sports Zone:
- 2 Football Pitches (floodlit, FA approved, full size and 3G Astro Turf)
- Large Outdoor Hard Court
- Four Tennis Courts
- Three Netball Courts
- Full Size Basketball Court
- Full Size Netball Court
- Four Badminton Court
- Large Indoor Football Pitch
The Performance Plaza:
- Theatre (tiered seating, professional lighting and sound system, curtains and backstage changing facilities)
- Dance and Fitness Studio (sprung floors, dances barres, floor to ceiling mirrors, full PA and music systems)
- Smart Boards
What I really felt here more than anywhere else was that the welcome was extremely warm and the team wanted to develop me and nurture me as a leader, a professional and a teacher. They have given me the opportunity to go on to the national leadership course which allowed me to nurture my own leadership skills and learn a whole host of different things which I hadn't had the opportunity to learn before. After 4 years I was seconded onto the SLT team looking after Teaching and Learning which has always been my real passion. In September this year I was seconded to be the Associate Vice Principal which added another layer which challenged me and helped me experience lots of other aspects at the school. At Stockwood, we really believed the CPD should be personalised at whatever level you are at and whatever level you come into the Academy. If you are an NQT or Unqualified, we really nurture the talent you have and we will help you gain QTS and complete your NQT year. We have also put together a rolling CPD programme every Thursday night so that people are really supported. We believe that nurturing talent upwards is really important, whether that's pastoral care, curriculum care, teaching and learning and then moving into SLT. We have middle leader courses and senior leaders courses and send people out on National Accreditation. Stockwood Park Academy have really helped me develop my skills and I'm very lucky that I have a team of people that I know I can develop myself and still do my day to day job.- Helen Palmer, Associate Vice Principal for Quality and Learning
I have been at the Academy since 2000, I started as an unqualified teacher and was supported through the Graduate Teacher Programme. Very soon after I gained my QTS, opportunities arose to get into new roles. I started as Gifted and Talented Coordinator, then I became Head of Department for PE and then I wanted to develop into a pastoral role where I became a House Leader. Then came the opportunity to become an Assistant Principal and I was encouraged to go for that role so I took the leap and now I'm the Assistant Principal for Personal Development, Behaviour Management and Welfare. There is a whole range of CPD on offer with a dedicated Teaching and Learning team who will provide personalised CPD, personalised areas for development for members of staff. In addition to that, they have a number of courses they provide, I've gone on the 'Outstanding Teacher Programme' and developed my own teaching and helped me feel secure in the position I was in. Stockwood Park Academy have already begun supporting with my next step up moving into a Deputy Head or Vice Principal role."- Iain Temple, Assistant Principal for Personal Development, Behaviour Management and Welfare
I joined as an NQT 6 years ago and I have developed as an individual through my organisational and leadership skills. I have also developed new schemes of work and behaviour policies. There have been numerous opportunities to develop and I have taken part in the stepping up into leadership course which was fantastic. Stockwood Park Academy offer a wealth of CPD, they highly encourage everyone to attend, they share best practice and the training is targeted so people can really choose where they need to develop and start to specialise in those areas themselves.- Dan Smith, Curriculum Leader for Science
I was very lucky because I came to this Academy as an NQT and completed my NQT year successfuly. I was able to go into two middle leadership positions, one as an achievement leader and one as a pastoral leader. Following that I was then promoted to Senior Leadership where I'm fortunate to develop the teaching and learning across the Academy.- Lindsey Pearson, Assistant Principal of Quality Teaching
Since the first day I walked into my interview and over the past 4 to 5 years, Stockwood Park Academy have provided many opportunities to me, they have been really supportive, the in-house CPD sessions they provide, the leadership from above and the supportive nature of the teams that I have been a part of has really helped me develop my professional conduct, my character and my ability as a teacher and leader- Joel Toomer, Curriculum Leader for Humanities