Wishmore Cross Academy

Surrey, United Kingdom

Location: Surrey, United Kingdom
Type: Special Needs
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Boys
Age range: 11 - 16 years

About Wishmore Cross Academy

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Thank you for your interest in Wishmore Cross Academy.  Based in Chobham, located close to both the M3 and M25 Motorways in the north-west corner of Surrey, the Academy draws pupils from a range of backgrounds, both urban and rural, across Surrey and also neighbouring LEAs. We’re a proud member of Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) network of academies.

Wishmore Cross is a day and residential Special Academy for up to 80 boys aged 9 to 16 who have social, emotional and mental health difficulties. We provide a highly effective and individual package of education, care and pastoral support to young people who may have had only negative experiences of school. A safe, caring environment supported by high levels of staffing ensures that each pupil has the opportunity to achieve their full potential.

We're an Academy with a big heart. Staff work closely as a team and pride themselves on never giving up on a pupil. This is, however, a challenging environment where resilience and a deep commitment to supporting young people with Special Educational Needs are paramount.

The Academy also has a modern purpose built residential facility, Cedar House. We’re able to offer flexible residential provision for up to 4 nights each week. The residential provision supports improved attendance, provides wrap around, consistent care and opportunities for accelerating life and personal skill development and, as such, is a vital part of the wider Academy provision.

Working with us:

We’re looking for candidates who are adaptable and resilient with high expectations of what our pupils can achieve.  Being able to motivate pupils and meet individual learning needs allows pupils to succeed and flourish. 

In return, as a member of AET, we offer a professional learning journey tailored to individual needs. We value and support our staff with a comprehensive career development programme, as well as an attractive range of financial, health and well-being benefits.

We provide experiences, social learning and formal programmes that enable staff to develop new skills, and to work, collaborate, learn and develop with colleagues across our large network. There is also regular support and supervision for staff to ensure they remain at the peak of their emotional well-being.

If you’re an energetic and visionary teacher with a passion for the value your subject can bring to pupils, then come and join a team who work every day to motivate and empower young people and maximise potential.

Visits to the Academy prior to application are warmly welcomed so you can see for yourself what makes Wishmore Cross so special.

What we offer:

All pupils are able to follow GCSE programmes in English, Maths, Science, Art, Food Technology, ICT and PE.  We also seek to arrange alternative learning provision for those pupils unable to attend on a daily basis.  Older pupils have the opportunity to engage in work experience. There is also the possibility to board flexibly for up to four nights per week.  There is an extensive programme of evening activities open to residential pupils and those boys engaging in an extended day.

To view our curriculum and information on what we offer across the year please click  here 


The Academy is currently in transition with a new Principal appointed in September 2018.  The OFSTED inspection in late September 2018 judged the Academy to be Requires Improvement but highlighted many strengths.  The staff team are working hard to secure the phased changes required whilst maintaining our child centred approach to learning.  

We are committed to reducing restrictive physical intervention and this helps to create an ethos where physical aggression is rare. We also make use of restorative justice and this is successfully helping pupils to develop self-control, a sense of empathy and an understanding of right and wrong. As a result, over their time in the Academy, pupils develop more tolerant and inclusive values.

Our Trust 

We are proud to be part of Academies Enterprise Trust.  

Academies Enterprise Trust (AET) is a national network of 64 primary, secondary and special academies across England. Our academies are located across England including the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, Midlands, London, West of England, Kent and the South Coast.

As  the sponsor, AET believes that all young people deserve to become world-class learners – to learn, enjoy, succeed and thrive in a first rate educational environment with the best facilities, the best teaching and the most up-to-date resources available to them.  In each of our academies, you will benefit from visionary, inspirational and dynamic leadership and be empowered to develop your own skills with access to world-class CPD and Talent Management programmes.  You will also be entitled to the following benefits: a health cash plan and childcare vouchers.

As the largest MAT across England we work together in partnership and embrace the different contexts and diverse communities our academies serve to provide the very best possible education for around 35,000 young people and their families.

We offer a wide range of career pathways to our teachers, middle leaders, support staff and senior leaders with many of our academies being host to Teach First and Ambition School Leadership.

AET is also an approved Apprenticeship Training Provider (through the SFA) which allows us to deliver a wide range of apprenticeship programmes across the Trust and our Academy 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 http://www.academiesenterprisetrust.org/ 

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Address: Alpha Road, Chobham, Woking, Surrey, GU24 8NE, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1276 857 555
What people say about us

I originally trained as a social worker after graduating from university, but came to Wishmore Cross Academy after learning about its focus on nurture principles. Working as a Learning Support Assistant here has increased my knowledge of the needs of pupils with Social, Emotional and Mental Health difficulties and has taught me patience, empathy and resilience and has encouraged me to consider a future in teaching. My role as an LSA involves supporting the pupils both inside and outside the classroom, often on a one-to-one basis in order to manage any barriers to learning. I also help to deliver the literacy programme recently started by the Academy to support those pupils with lower reading and writing levels. Each day is varied and presents different challenges, but by far the most rewarding part of the job is getting to build relationships with the pupils and be part of even their smallest success

- Rebecca Harris - Learning support assistant

I joined Wishmore Cross Academy in 2010 as a Learning Support Assistant for P.E. with a view to progressing into teaching. I primarily worked supporting lessons and also on a one to one basis to help improve technique and understanding P.E. The Academy supported me through the Schools Direct Programme in conjunction with the Institute for Education and I am now a fully qualified P.E. Teacher. I really enjoy my role of delivering P.E. lessons to all Academy pupils. P.E. plays a big part in pupils’ social and personal development and I really enjoy helping and watching them grow. Each day at the Academy offers its own unique challenges and there is never a dull moment.

- Daniel Kelly - PE Teacher

I started working at Wishmore Cross Academy as a Learning Support Assistant in January 2011. After two years I was supported through the Schools Direct programme, linked with the institute of education, to achieve QTS and then through my NQT year. I currently teach KS3 maths and through the AET have had access to many subject enhancement training opportunities. I enjoy supporting our pupils in developing skills that enable them to access the curriculum. Every day is different at our school and brings its own unique challenge. I really value, also, the support that is offered to all staff from being part of a strong, experienced team.

- Laura Bartley - KS3 Teacher