High-quality professional development at every stage of your career

The ongoing professional development of our staff is one of our top priorities, at every level and in every role. We offer twice the number of training days as standard and provide significant time for collaboration within subject teams both in-school and across the Ark network.  We support colleagues in pursuing NPQs and further accreditations, most often in partnership with Ambition Institute. Ark St Alban's Academy is one of just 87 high performing schools in England to become a Teaching School Hub and coordinates professional development for partners across the city and the wider region. No matter what stage of your career you’re at, we’ll support you to be the best that you can be.

Join our Academy

Be part of a network

Joining our school means becoming part of a network of education experts who are all united by the same purpose - a commitment to making a difference where it matters most. You will have the opportunity to come together with your peers locally, nationally and sometimes even internationally, to share resources, learning and good practice.

You’ll work with colleagues from different subjects, schools and regions, and have the chance to take on network-wide responsibilities such as leading programmes or training. 

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Focus on what matters

You'll be supported to focus on what you do best. We are always looking for ways to take away additional pressures, to give you more freedom to concentrate on the outcomes for the young people you teach. We offer support beyond the classroom; from prioritising strong behaviour management strategies to giving you access to our award-winning data management platform.

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  • Our salaries are 2.5% higher than main pay scale  
  • Twice the number of training days as standard 
  • Generous pension scheme – a salary average defined benefit pension scheme, meaning you build up a guaranteed amount in your pension, payable for every year of your retirement 
  • Access to Ark Rewards – a scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers 
  • Interest-free loans – up to £5,000 available for season tickets or to buy a bicycle 
  • Gym discounts – offering up to 40% off your local gym 
  • Access to the Employee Assistance Programme – providing free, confidential counselling, legal advice and a range of different support services
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