Help make a real difference
St Alban’s achieves remarkable results. Not only do we have an Outstanding Ofsted report, and not only are our most recent 5 A*-C at GCSE figures ten percentage points above the national average, but we also have some of the best results for value-added results and progress in core subjects – showing that our staff are having a real impact. Recently, we were shortlisted for both the TES Secondary School of the Year and the Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths team of the Year. By nearly every measure, St Alban’s is in the top 20% when compared to schools in similar contexts. As a staff member at St Alban’s, you could help make a real difference.
Striving for excellence
Every pupil matters. Every lesson counts. We are the beginning of lifelong learning. Every teacher is committed to our ‘no excuses’ approach: no matter your background, circumstances or ability you will succeed. Expectations are high and we will not give up on any child. Staff work hard. The teaching in both the primary and the secondary phase is inspirational.
Ark St Alban's Academy proves that great schools can do more than achieve excellent grades; they build and enrich both individual lives and the local community.
We are both a secondary school and a Christian community, backed by Ark. We aim to prepare our pupils for university and a career of their choice.
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 offer The National Professional Qualification for Senior Leadership (NPQSL) which identifies teachers with leadership potential, and helps them develop the skills they need to become a great head or principal.
Ark currently has 37 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.
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 also 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 improving education outcomes for young people. We offer support beyond the classroom; from prioritising strong behaviour management strategies to giving you access to our award-winning data management platform.
Have an impact far beyond your own school
If you want to be part of the effort to advance and improve education, join Ark. From creating and working with new curricula and teaching techniques, to collaborating with other schools and partners to share what works, we’re always aiming for system change. Through Ark Ventures, we incubate, launch and scale initiatives, such as Mathematics Mastery, English Mastery, Institute for Teaching and Ambition School Leadership, that address some of the most intractable issues in education and society – in the UK and around the world.
An amazing work environment
As well as being an outstanding school, St Alban’s is an amazing work environment. As well as its state-of-the-art, purpose-built buildings with the best facilities in the city for design technology and engineering, the school is set up to promote the intellectual, spiritual and moral development of the St Alban’s community – as the Guardian noted in a piece which praised the school for “uniting faiths”.
It's all about the students
You probably guessed that this would be the final reason to become a teacher at an Ark school. But it's true. As St Alban’s student Amina, who wants to become the first member of her family to go to university before training as a mechanical engineer, said on receiving her GCSE results: “I’ve been inspired by my engineering teacher – whenever we’re in the workshop he always has that thrill in his voice that shows he’s excited about what he’s doing.”
Support for returning teachers
Ark St Alban’s Academy is delighted to be working with a number of local secondary schools on a new government pilot initiative called ‘Supporting Returning Teachers.’ The pilot is targeted at qualified secondary school teachers in EBacc* subjects, who are working in other professions or who are not currently employed by a school. Customised support might include updating of subject knowledge, classroom experience and even interview practice, preparing colleagues to return to teaching.
If you, a family member or someone you know has Qualified Teacher Status, and are thinking about returning to teaching, come along to an open evening to find out more:
- Thursday 25 February (17.30 – 18.45)
- Thursday 17 March (17.30 – 18.45)
Both events are being held at Waverley School, 311 Yardley Green Road, B9 5QA.
To book a place, contact Chris Pegg: firstname.lastname@example.org, 0121 566 6600 (ext. 31062).
*Our project will focus on teachers of Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English, Maths and Modern Languages. There is further information about support available and the national pilot on the Department for Education website: www.education.gov.uk/returners