Padworth College was established in 1963, by Oxford university tutor, Peter Fison, and a group of Oxford dons, whose vision was to bring Oxford’s educational philosophy of tutorial teaching to school-level education.
The College operates from an 11-acre site in West Berkshire, south of Padworth village and approximately 2 miles off the A4 arterial road linking Reading with Newbury, with good rail links to Aldermaston station just a few minutes away. The College itself lies approximately 9 miles to the east of Reading. The site incorporates the original Grade 2* listed Georgian country house, Padworth House, which has since been converted to a college, extended and adapted to suit, plus a number of extension buildings of varying ages, including student accommodation blocks and the teaching block. Other facilities include tennis courts and an outdoor heated swimming pool. The site also includes a pond and areas of woodland.
Padworth College is part of Inspiring Futures Education (IFE). Established in March 2014 as a platform in the international education market, IFE acquired Bishopstrow College in August 2014 and Padworth College in October 2018. Bishopstrow College is a leading independent international boarding school, offering English language and academic pathway programmes to international students, aged 7-17 years. Further details on IFE and Bishopstrow College can be found at www.ifedu.com
The Directors of IFE have ambitious plans for growth at both colleges. Padworth College has c.60 students enrolled currently (c.80% international). The College’s Vision 2025 is predicated on growth to c.150 students over the next 5 years.
At both Padworth and Bishopstrow, growth is expected to come from:
● Investment in admissions and marketing. IFE has recently appointed a Director of Global Engagement to take the lead in student recruitment, admissions and IFE’s overall marketing activities. In addition, IFE has recently appointed Regional Managers based in core regions, to support agents with recruitment for both colleges.
● The launch of new programmes, such as the NCUK International Foundation Year programme at Padworth.
● The development of relationships with local feeder schools (Padworth) and destination schools (Bishopstrow).
● Partnerships with schools overseas; and
● Growth in the number of direct applications, as a result of ongoing investment in digital marketing.
Padworth College programmes offer a broad range of academic subjects and extra-curricular activities. Students are taught in small classes with an average size of 6 to 8 students, which creates an Oxbridge tutorial style education, enabling optimum learning and encourages student-teacher interaction. The British curriculum is taught with a modern approach and a global outlook. The College places a strong focus on the development of independent learning to facilitate the transition from A-Level (or Foundation) to university. Programmes are also offered to support Oxbridge and Medical School preparation. Daily supervised prep (study periods) helps promote a mature approach to study, whilst weekly testing (on Saturday mornings) ensures progress is carefully monitored. Padworth College has a commitment to realising academic potential and finding the right career pathways for the individual.
The College offers a range of study options:
● Two year I/GCSE - Standard curriculum which incorporates up to 10 different subjects
● One year I/GCSE - Suitable for international students who want to complete I/GCSEs in only one year, in preparation for Sixth Form
● Two year A Level - Students choose 3 or 4 academic subjects and also have the option to pursue the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
● 18 month A Level - Students choose 3 academic subjects and can pursue the EPQ
● One year A Level - Designed for students who wish to transfer to Padworth from another school or college. Available subject to exam boards
● NCUK International Foundation Year programme. A one year programme with four pathways to university: Business, Engineering, Humanities and Science
● Study Abroad Programme, providing an opportunity for international students to experience boarding for up to one term. The Programme includes English tuition, integration
into a range of subject classes, a personalised timetable and enrichment opportunities
● Pre-sessional courses delivering EAL and study skills support to international students who need to improve their English.
In 2020, 56% of grades awarded in A Levels were Grades A*-B, whilst 88% of grades awarded were Grades A*-C. In GCSEs, 54% of grades awarded were Grades 9-6, whilst 84% of grades awarded were Grades 9-4.
Recently, in response to the Covid pandemic, the College developed Padworth Online. Based on the Microsoft Teams platform, Padworth Online delivers a fully interactive Padworth education to students around the world. The unique online school offers the best of Padworth’s academic programmes, preparing students for onward progression to top universities, both in the UK and around the world. However, it offers much more than a remote learning experience. Face-to-face lessons are delivered in live, interactive classrooms by Padworth’s professionally qualified teachers. Students are able to interact with their teacher in the video classroom or message their teacher with particular questions, comments or contributions. In addition to academic classes, the Programme covers cultural and social preparation, as well as wellbeing and fitness.
The College’s Enrichment Programme includes a varied programme of sport, social and recreational activities, and trips throughout the week, as well as regular excursions every weekend. The Programme includes a range of sports and a variety of clubs and activities, designed to foster team spirit and the confidence to integrate with others when students move on from Padworth. Sports include badminton, basketball, golf, football, table tennis, tennis and volleyball. There is also a Fitness Centre on site. Activities include charitable work/ volunteering, choral and instrumental tuition, chess, conservation, cooking, debating, film, languages, leadership skills and photography. Off-campus recreational activities include bowling, cinema, horse riding, ice skating and yoga.
As well as its on-site activities, the College organises a stimulating and varied programme of fully supervised trips at weekends. Some allow students to discover places of cultural, geographical, and historical interest; others encourage students to sample the great outdoors, through walking, hiking, cycling and other physical pursuits. Sightseeing, cultural visits and even shopping provide contexts within which speaking and listening skills are put to the test; they are also great fun and provide memories to last a lifetime.
Boarding is central to the ethos of Padworth College and the close-knit community has a strong sense of home-from-home. Outstanding pastoral care is provided by the residential team and is complemented by full medical support from the local doctor’s surgery. The Principal, Deputy Principal and boarding staff reside on campus, ensuring a family atmosphere of care and support for all students, at all times. Boarding students live on campus in boarding houses, with separate houses for boys and girls. The majority of the rooms are single study bedrooms. All meals are served in the College dining hall and lovingly prepared by the team of chefs, who are able to cater for all requirements. Day students are an integral part of the boarding community and enjoy the benefits of having time and space to develop their skills, interests and friendships.
Padworth College is an accredited member of the Independent Schools Association (ISA) and the Boarding Schools Association (BSA). It is a member of English UK and is accredited by the British Council for the teaching of English in the UK. The College was last inspected in 2018 when it was awarded 6 ‘Strengths’ across Teaching and Learning, Welfare and Students Services, and Accommodation. Padworth College is also an accredited NCUK Delivery Partner for the NCUK International Foundation Year programme and is a member of CIFE, the professional association for independent sixth form colleges.
The Directors and Principal of Padworth College are currently seeking to appoint an outstanding, inspirational, and dynamic Deputy Principal to commence in August 2021. The successful candidate will be a leader with energy, compassion and demonstrable experience of achieving the highest standards in their educational leadership. The focus for this post, and therefore the experience required, will be on driving academic results forward, enhancing the support provided with university applications and increasing the percentage of leavers securing entry to Russell Group universities. The appointed candidate will be joining a committed and dynamic leadership team to help drive forward the strategic growth and development of the College. Alongside the Principal, Head of Boarding and other residential boarding staff, the Deputy Principal will be expected to live on-site at the College and to be a full and active member of the College community.
For an informal discussion about this opportunity, please contact Edward Clark on +44(0)1256 862840 or +44 (0)7718 588616, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To apply for the post, please visit www.lsceducation.com and submit your up to date CV and a letter of application, quoting code PWC. The letter should incorporate how you meet the person specification, why you are applying for the position and what particular attributes and qualities you would bring to the role.
Closing date: 26 February 2021
Longlist interviews: 15-16 March 2021 (by Zoom)
Shortlist/Final interviews: 22-23 March 2021 (by Zoom)
- Mainstream school with independent funding
- Secondary School
- Students of mixed gender, age 13 - 19 years
Located in Reading, Berkshire, Padworth College is a co-educational independent senior school. First established in 1963, the school became co-educational in 2005. The school has around 100 pupils aged 13-19, making it far smaller than the average se...