Why work at Bolingbroke Academy?

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 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 13's in September so you can be part of shaping our first ever A Level results and be here when our first cohort of students move on to university.

By joining Bolingbroke Academy, 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 has been fully refurbished and modernised to provide excellent learning facilities while preserving the building’s historic features. Wehave created 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 Academy is like.

We are 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 a network of 35 schools and is constantly growing so if and 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.

 Ark Music Gala 2017

6. Be part of something bigger

Bolingbroke Academy 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.

Our approach is guided by our six pillars and it is working. Schools in the Ark network have achieved some of the best results in the country.

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.

Train to teach at Bolingbroke Academy

Ever been told you’d make a great teacher?

Looking for a successful and rewarding new career?

At Bolingbroke Academy we understand the importance of training great new teachers to provide the best education for our students.

We work alongside Ark Teacher Training, our outstanding school-based teacher training programme, to train, support and develop new teachers in our school every year.

Ark Teacher Training allows you to train on the job while earning nationally recognised teaching qualifications.

You’ll be based in our school from day one, working as part of our staff team, but you’ll be supported every step of the way with weekly training sessions and a dedicated tutor.

To find out more about training to teach at Bolingbroke Academy from September 2020, visit arkteachertraining.org/apply-now or contact teachertraining@arkonline.org

Why train with Ark?

The Most Rewarding Job 

Great teachers transform lives and Ark Teacher Training exists to make sure that every young person regardless of their background, has access to one. Whether going to a good university or into the career of their choice - we want every student to have real choices in life.

Working in an Ark school means you can help us change lives through education.

A Successful Career 

We have 34 schools in four regions across the UK and a dedicated central team - so whatever your career aspirations, Ark will support you to get a job in one of our schools and there will be plenty of opportunities to progress, and quickly.

Staying in the Ark network also means access to unrivalled continuous professional development, including our newly qualified teacher programme which will train and support you for your first two years as a qualified teacher. And when the time comes for you to take the next steps - we have programmes aimed at developing and supporting middle and senior leaders.

The Very Best Training and Support, Every Step of the Way

What really sets Ark Teacher Training apart is the high quality training and support you will recieve at every stage. This includes:

  • A dedicated tutor overseeing every aspect of your training - giving regular feedback and helping you to plan your lessons
  • Your very own coach, offering advice and support
  • Staff in your school who are dedicated to your development
  • Access to education experts from across the Ark family
  • Continuous support and guidance to build your confidence in managing a classroom and controlling behaviour

Find out more about our primary and secondary training years. 

Earn a PGCE and Master's Credits while you gain your Qualified Teacher Status 

Qualified Teacher Status

Every person who graduates from the Ark Teacher Training programme and thus meets all teaching standards will gain Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) - a nationally recognised teaching qualification allowing you to teach in other schools.

PGCE

You will also recieve an internationally recognised and respected teaching qualification from Goldsmiths, University of London - a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE).

Master's Credit

Your PGCE will count as 60 credits towards a Master's degree - a third of the credits needed for the full qualification.