We are proud to base our approach to learning on an “Aspire and Achieve” ethos. We benefit from a strong local reputation which is the reason we have increased our admission number to 410. Our expansion has been facilitated by the acquisition of a third site for our popular Sixth Form in the town centre. This has led to a re-organisation of our students, with Year 7 and Year 8 educated at the Dove Campus and Years 9-11 at the Trent Campus, which are half a mile apart.
We were delighted by our January 2017 Ofsted inspection which emphasised the outstanding aspects of our work, including high levels of progress and attainment. We value our staff team, and this is reflected in the wide range of professional development opportunities which are offered both internally and externally. In recent years, we have developed an international reputation for learning technologies, becoming both an Apple Distinguished School and Regional Training Centre; we provide a 1-to-1 iPad programme for all students in Year 9-Year 13.
Literature and reading are central to the teaching of English at de Ferrers, though of course, much emphasis is placed on writing too: students are encouraged to write for a variety of audiences and purposes. Wherever possible, members of the team are encouraged to teach the full spectrum of age and ability. Recent Ofsted reports commented on the “lively teaching which predominates within the Area” and noted that the atmosphere in lessons is “busy and productive”. Ofsted also found that “Pupils make rapid progress from their starting points in all years and across almost all subjects, including English” and “In 2016, students made significantly better than average progress in English language.”
For the external examinations, the AQA GCSE is followed in both English Language and English Literature. At A Level, EdExcel English Literature and EdExcel English Language are taught. The Media course is delivered at both KS4 and KS5 by English practitioners. Examination performance has been consistently very good, reflecting the strength of an experienced team which nurtures new entrants to the profession.
Where NQTs are invited to apply for our teaching positions, we offer an excellent NQT programme and enhanced employment offer. Please contact the Trust for further information about this scheme.
Being the Academy of choice for the local area, you will feel part of a supported community and, most importantly, a warm and friendly environment in which to educate our young people. We offer an employee reward package which includes car leasing discounts and our own independent travel consultant.
The Next Step
All prospective candidates are very welcome to tour our Academy and meet with members of the faculty, as well as with our students. We are situated on the rural outskirts of Burton upon Trent, within easy access of Birmingham, Nottingham and Derby.
This role offers an exceptional opportunity to the successful candidate. If you wish to join this dynamic Academy, we look forward to hearing from you. Find out more by clicking here.
This Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and this position is subject to an Enhanced Disclosure check under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.