Primary Teacher, Portland, Dorset

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Atlantic Academy PortlandPortland, Dorset

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Start date: 01/09/2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: Yes

Careers at Atlantic Academy Portland

Post: Primary Teacher 

Closing Date: 12pm Monday 17th June 2019

Salary: Teachers Pay Scale

Our Academy

The Academy became Atlantic Academy in September 2017, joining Aspirations Academies Trust.  We are quite unique in that we are a truly ‘all through’ Academy, with all years housed within the same school building. This allows for many opportunities and shared planning chances.

At Atlantic we are passionate about excellence in all aspects of a child’s life, giving students the very best start possible. We have high aspirations, and believe students should:

  • Believe in themselves
  • Be actively engaged in their learning
  • See the connection in what they want to become and what they are doing
  • Have disruption free learning
  • Have access to a challenging academic curriculum offer
  • Not dwell on barriers but seek solutions

Our success so far

We have witnessed a remarkable turnaround in all aspects of the Academy, with the expectations having immediately raised outcomes.  The calm and purposeful atmosphere supports all aspects of learning, the mantra of Work Hard, Be Kind permeates throughout the buildings and into the community. The success and recognition has created growing numbers on roll, and next year we expect both reception and Year 7 to be at capacity. We have year groups of 60 in Primary and 120 in Secondary which helps promote the unique and supportive atmosphere at the Academy.

In 2018, after one year as an Academy:

  • Top 13 most improved (based on P8) Secondary schools in the country
  • 2nd most improved (based on P8) Secondary school in Dorset
  • Best performing school in Weymouth and Portland
  • Top 1 % of Primary schools (based on combined KS2) in Dorset
  • Top 8% Nationally for Reading
  • Most progress, and top performing in reading in all Weymouth and Portland schools, 3rd highest performing school in Dorset. 
  • Moderated progress in Writing,TOP performing school in Weymouth and Portland, 3rd  in whole of Dorset.Top 10% of schools nationally
  • Top 20% of schools nationally for Maths - Primary

We have several further mantras that support our vision:

‘100% Every day. No Shortcuts’

‘Excellence is a habit’

‘Climbing the mountain to university’

Feedback from Visitors

‘There is now an air of calm, order and discipline, which was so badly needed, my congratulations for instilling it’ Richard Drax MP

‘Just been on an action tour of Atlantic Academy wow, what a difference to this time last year! Feeling positive.’ Parent

‘The happiness of my children and the progress they are all making is brilliant. This is purely down to excellent teachers who bring out the best in them as little individuals.’ Secondary Parent. 

‘I felt the students growing sense of ambition as I toured the school. The work that you and your staff are doing to raise aspirations and expectations of behaviour are obviously having affect’ Bradley Simmons HMI, Regional Director South West

Work life balance – not burnout

We believe in creating a lifelong career and supporting teachers to achieve this and their own personal ambitions.

For example:

  • Feedback policy NOT marking policy, allowing for whole class feedback, using a visualiser. Saving hours from NOT having to write personalised comments in every exercise book
  • Collaborative planning, centralised shared units of work – carved out planning time 
  • No written end of year reports – data report 3 times per year
  • Homework is standardised to Knowledge Organiser – Practice books, and reading. Removing any marking expectations and detentions set and run centrally by SLT
  • Expectation of disruption free learning, high SLT visibility ALL day, focus on students. Allowing staff to teach without low level disruption
  • Visualiser (mini iPad) in every classroom – allowing for booklets, feedback, student work etc to be projected – as the teacher decides
  • Full equipment and perfect uniform. Checked every morning, students will not attend lessons if full equipment is not present. You will never have to lend a pen, or look for a calculator again!
  • Highly visible and supportive SLT, supporting you to keep high expectations
  • Very clear and transparent sanctions – all detentions centralised and run by SLT each day. Allowing staff to focus on what really matters – the classroom
  • No graded lessons, no high stakes observations. We believe in a coaching approach and ‘leverage leadership’ approach
  • No work emails in the evening, weekends, or holidays

Teaching and Learning

We have weekly, short, CPD sessions, focussing on classroom excellence. Heavily influenced by Doug Lemov’s – Teach like a champion, as well as Making Every Lesson Count, amongst many other blogs and research pieces.

We believe the curriculum should include:

A. Development of knowledge: Progress in knowing more and remembering more. The future requires the acquisition and application of a wide range of knowledge. 

B. The ability to apply knowledge: Progress in knowledge being applied in more challenging, relevant and more engaging ways. 

C. The acquisition of 21st century skills to translate knowledge into actions for success.

If you believe that this may sound like the school for you would thrive in, are ambitious for all students, then here is information specifically about the vacancy:

Primary Teacher

We are keen to appoint an inspirational and experienced Class Teacher, which may also be suitable for an unqualified teacher. The successful applicant will join a collaborative and supportive team. 

We focus on allowing the teacher to develop quality first teaching: supported with collaborative planning, whole class feedback, ‘live marking’, use of visualisers in every classroom etc.

Our 2 form entry school ensures all our highly motivated teachers work in a supportive and engaging environment, ensuring pupils achieve their full potential.

Primary teaching staff are accompanied across all year groups with Teaching Assistants to ensure that all students access appropriate provisions. Specialist sports and arts coaches work alongside our Primary Teaching staff to ensure a broad and balanced curriculum is delivered and ample PPA time is allocated to support the needs of a classroom teaching role. Students benefit massively from the all through Academy environment. Experiencing specialist input in Technology, Sport, Science and Art, amongst other things.

How to Apply

Please complete the online TES application.

We very much look forward to hearing from you.

For further information please contact Melissa Heppell , Principal - Primary: mheppell@atlantic-aspirations.org 



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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 19 years
Address: Maritime House, Southwell Business Park, Portland, Dorset, DT5 2NA, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 1305 820262
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Our Academy

The Academy became Atlantic Academy in September 2017, joining Aspirations Academies Trust.  We are quite unique in that we are a truly ‘all through’ Academy, with all years housed within the same school building. This allows for man...