Why work at Bolingbroke?
Are you a talented teacher looking to take the next step in your career?
Here are seven compelling reasons why you should work at Bolingbroke Academy
1. Be part of something special and help us grow
We are a truly local school, founded in 2012 after a campaign for a non-selective local school by Battersea parents and residents. We have already been praised by Ofsted, achieving a Good rating after only a year, and we have big plans for the future. We will be welcoming our first year 10s in September so you can be part of shaping our first ever GCSE results, or be here when our first cohort of students move on to university.
By joining Bolingbroke, you will be shaping the school for future generations.
2. Work in a unique setting
Our home on the site of Bolingbroke hospital is a building that has been at the heart of the community for 132 years and we are proud to continue that tradition. The listed building is being fully refurbished and modernised to provide excellent learning facilities while preserving the building’s historic features. We are creating high quality classrooms and specialist spaces for science, music and technology.
Principal Claire Edis says, ‘Our heritage is that of a community committed to the achievement and opportunity of all its citizens – a commitment our school will share.’
And how many other schools can boast that they have a doctors’ surgery for local families on site?
3. Provide a truly inclusive experience
Ofsted have recognised that we provide ‘an extensive and varied curriculum, allowing all students to engage with activities that enrich their life experience.’ We pride ourselves on our offer to our students; hear from some of them about what life at Bolingbroke is like.
Last year we were officially recognised as a ‘Dyslexia Friendly School’ by the British Dyslexia Association. Princess Beatrice even paid us a visit to talk to our students and staff about our work supporting children with Dyslexia, one of our pupils said, “It was really exciting to meet Princess Beatrice, I was quite nervous before though. I really enjoyed it and she was very nice. The teachers at my school help me a lot to understand certain things and my English teacher will help me get my grades up as I was struggling before, now I feel much more confident in English.”
4. Continue to develop throughout your career
We recognise that to achieve great things, we need great people. That’s why we will help you to be the very best that you can be, throughout your entire career. We offer twice the standard number of training days – including our network-wide ‘Hub Days’ where peers join together to learn and share best practice. There are also opportunities for online training and bespoke learning and mentoring programmes.
If you're ambitious, we have a programme called "Aspiring to Headship" which identifies teachers with leadership potential, and helps them develop the skills they need to become a great head or principal.
Ark currently has 31 schools across London, Birmingham, Hastings and Portsmouth (and we are always growing!) so when the time comes for you to move on, there are plenty of opportunities across the network.
5. You won't be bored. Ever.
We know that an excellent education means more than just great exam results. It means building pupils’ resilience and character, helping them to be ready for the world. We encourage pupils from different Ark schools to come together and enjoy a wide variety of enrichment events, and that means opportunities for teachers to participate as well. We have spelling bees, debating contests, sports days and maths 'wrangles,' and it all culminates in the Ark Music Gala, a huge event held at a world famous venue where dozens of schools and hundreds of students perform pieces ranging from Adele to Beethoven. See for yourself:
6. Be part of something bigger
Bolingbroke is part of the Ark network, a non-profit organisation that believes that every child should have the very best start in life, regardless of background, so when the time comes; they are able to go onto university on into the career of their choice.
7. It's all about the pupils.
You probably guessed that this would be the final reason to become a teacher at an Ark school. But it's true. Our pupils will inspire you on a daily basis and you will be making a real difference to their lives.