Derbyshire, United Kingdom
About Wilsthorpe School
Welcome from the Headteacher
When I joined Wilsthorpe School as Headteacher in January 2008, I was determined that Wilsthorpe became an outstanding school. I was fortunate to be supported by a core of staff who shared a deep belief in young people and a desire to ensure that every child achieved their best.
Becoming a high-performing school takes many years of hard work. There is no ‘quick fix’, no single thing a school can do to ensure high student performance. However, by sharing a common vision and not deviating from it, schools can make rapid gains as long as they maintain courage and ambition. Our latest Ofsted report recognises this.
Why we are proud of our students’ achievements
Students and staff attending Wilsthorpe are rightly proud of their achievements. Our rapid rise in outcomes over recent years has been celebrated nationally with an award by the Specialist Schools and Academies Trust, naming Wilsthorpe as one of the ‘5 Most Improved Schools in The East Midlands’ along with recognition for three separate years in ‘The BBC’s 100 Most Improved Schools in England’ list for GCSE performance.
Our students have enjoyed huge benefits during this time of rapid improvement as demonstrated by our GCSE and A-Level outcomes. Furthermore, Wilsthorpe’s involvement with The Sutton Trust ensures engagement by Post 16 students with Russell Group Universities and their summer school programmes.
Why do our teachers not want to leave?
Wilsthorpe has been successful in securing the appointments of very strong teachers. Teachers are reluctant to leave us because teaching is enjoyable and the ethos is positive and interesting. There are constant opportunities for professional development and it was recognised by Ofsted that many of our teachers should be sharing their good practice at other schools. Teachers have very high expectations of the quality of work they expect to see from all students. They use perceptive questioning techniques developed in-house, to encourage deep thinking.
Wilsthorpe has developed into a school which is proud of its community values. We work hard as staff, parents and students to help members of our community and to support developments in others. The broad, balanced and personalised curriculum meets students’ needs well. Good careers education, information, advice and guidance is provided to support all students with the next stage of their education, employment or training. Extra-curricular provision is rich; comprehensive programmes involve substantial learning outside the classroom. Activities and clubs help to develop autonomy and leadership in sporting, artistic, theatrical, technical, creative and cultural opportunities. Celebration of these successes is fundamental.
We all believe in our journey of improvement. We share common goals as we constantly search for improvements. Strong relationships between students and staff are central to what we are trying to achieve; relationships that are open, warm and friendly. Over time, these relationships have led to excellent attitudes to learning from students. I am proud that the strength of these relationships is recognised by all who visit the school.
“The headteacher’s determined leadership inspires trust and confidence in the whole school community. Leaders and managers have taken determined action in response to the previous inspection and successfully brought about rapid improvements. Pupils are now making good progress across many subjects and across all year groups. The curriculum is highly effective and provides good opportunities for pupils to be successful and make progress after they leave school.”
We are committed to the safeguarding of all children and young people. Any offer of employment will be subject to the receipt of a satisfactory enhanced level DBS disclosure, two satisfactory references and successful completion of vetting procedures.
We are a Disability Confident Employer and as such we are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce. Candidates with a disability who meet the minimum job criteria will be given an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at interview.
The Two Counties Trust
Who we are
The school is a member of The Two Counties Trust. The Trust is a family of schools with a common ethos and values who share collective goals. We have a united passion to transform the lives of children and young people in our local community by achieving the very best we can for every student in our schools. Our aim is to provide an excellent education for all, enabling our students to gain confidence, raise their aspirations and become well prepared for adult life.
Why should you join us?
We are a large and growing Trust, which currently employs over 1,200 colleagues. We support career and professional development through structured CPD, secondments to other schools within the Trust (including promotion opportunities), and we foster sharing of good practice through a range of subject specialist groups across our schools. These opportunities to develop your career exist within a culture that values your contribution and enables you to achieve your personal goals whilst improving the educational experience and life choices of our students.
When joining any of our schools, you will receive a structured induction, and if you are an NQT, you can expect a programme of professional advice and support to help you successfully complete the NQT year.
We offer you:
- A competitive salary and benefits package including pensions, generous holiday provisions and ancillary benefits. Our pay scales for Allowances, UPR and Leadership are above the national pay scales;
- An environment where you will be working with a dedicated team of like-minded professionals;
- The chance to develop your skills, practice and experience through a range of opportunities with one or more of our schools.
We recognise that supporting and enabling your career development is important. As such, we have developed a framework called Career Pathways to provide a personal development structure to support aspiring, new and experienced teachers to take the next steps in their career development. To find out more please go to: The Two Counties Trust Career Pathways
What we seek from you:
- A commitment to our ethos and values;
- A passion to deliver the best education you can for every child or young person, making a positive difference;
- The energy to act as a role model and a source of inspiration for our students.
Where we are
We are a growing Trust with a strong reputation. Our schools are located in the counties of Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire and our current schools are Ashfield School, Frederick Gent School, Friesland School, Heritage High School, The Manor Academy, Selston High School, Swanwick Hall School and Wilsthorpe School
To find out more about us, please go to The Two Counties Trust website.
We hope we will be welcoming you to our Trust in the near future.
The one thing I really like about my job is… “The friendly atmosphere and the dedication for help the pupils succeed”.- Quote from Wilsthorpe School's Employee Survey 2019
The one thing I really like about my job is… “The great support staff provide for each other and seeing young people developing a passion to be active throughout life”.- Quote from Wilsthorpe School's Employee Survey 2019
The one thing I really like about my job is… “No day is the same. Staff in the school work together well and support each other”.- Quote from Wilsthorpe School's Employee Survey 2019
The one thing I really like about my job is… “I am trusted to be my own practitioner in the classroom and I have been given opportunities to try new things to develop my practise e.g. trips and extra curricular activities”.- Quote from Wilsthorpe School's Employee Survey 2019