26th February 2021
MPR1 - UPR3
We are looking to appoint a well-qualified teacher of science (physics specialist desired) who, under the guidance of the Director of Science, will teach across the age and abilit ...
We are dedicated to supporting and encouraging our students, and giving them the tools and the confidence to explore what life and the world have to offer. The five years-plus that our students spend with us will be the foundation on which they build their futures and we strive to deliver an education that is world class in every respect. We are delighted with our recent results, which put us among the top-performing schools in the region, and pleased with our last Ofsted report in which we were judged to be ‘Good’.
Receiving Ofsted's seal of approval is gratifying but we remain very ambitious for our school and the students who learn at Wellsway. We are focused on building on our achievements and raising our standards still higher. We are working hard to ensure we remain prepared for changing curriculum demands, to innovate in our teaching and to improve the experience for our students wherever we can.
But, as well as being rigorous and demanding, inspiring and challenging, school should also be fun – a place where the activities, teaching and facilities foster enthusiasm, enjoyment and strong relationships. Happiness and success at school are closely related, and our results, and particularly the findings of Ofsted, are evidence of a culture that is strong on challenge but also strong on support.
We are very proud of Wellsway, both for our results and for the quality of the school experience we provide.
“Developing confident, respectful and successful young people.”
Our vision is for Wellsway School to be an outstanding school at the heart of our Multi Academy Trust and wider community.
Our values of confidence, respect and success provide a firm foundation on which to achieve our vision:
Confidence – a major component of confidence is the value you place in yourself. Confidence is about the faith you have in your abilities, the person you are. This self-belief is crucial if we are to achieve our potential. We must reflect on and celebrate successes. We challenge students to want to fulfil their potential and respond proactively and positively to feedback so that they take responsibility for their own next steps so that they meet their personal best. Students often surprise us with their talent or skill which they possess but don’t openly share. We want students to have confidence to share with others and to feel a sense of pride in their own achievements.
Respect - is far reaching - respect of self, of others, of the environment and of our world are key to building and growing a harmonious school and society. From the words we choose to use, to the care we take of the equipment, from the resolve to be inclusive and challenging in the face of discrimination to the emphasis on responsibility, team work, tolerance and friendship, we believe our focus on respect is essential in the interdependent world of the 21st Century.
Success – does not come easy, but it will come, not only in our academic work but in all aspects of life; creative, artistic, or sporting when we have resilience; and keep going even when things are difficult; when we have determination and a ‘can-do’ attitude to the tasks we are presented with; and when we make the most of every opportunity that we are offered.
Our school moto is Futura Aedificamus, which means we build for the future. Working closely with our partners within Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, staff, governors, parents and students we are building futures…together.
We want our students to enjoy every aspect of their time at Wellsway and building strong and lasting friendships is an important part of every students’ journey through school. We are proud of how our pastoral system develops students’ confidence, resilience and life skills – from a dedicated Key Stage 2 to 3 Transition team to a tutor programme that includes a strong buddy system to integrate all students into the tutor group and a focus on teambuilding activities.
Joining Wellsway also means joining a strong community and we firmly believe in the importance of building partnerships with businesses and the local community to provide opportunities for students to benefit from these links. We are also committed to building partnerships across year groups, such as Sixth Form Officers leading clubs for younger year groups, peer to peer mentoring, Sports Ambassadors and our strong House Leader programme. Being part of Wellsway Multi Academy Trust provides a unique opportunity for our students to benefit from partnerships we have built across schools, for example developing key leadership skills in running workshops for primary school students and for our teachers to share and learn from one another to constantly provide the best possible education for our students.
Every young person deserves to leave school fully equipped to go on to lead a happy and successful life and we are committed to supporting all students on that journey, regardless of their individual needs and abilities. We want students to make the best possible progress in their subjects to allow them a wide choice of options when they move on from Wellsway School and we have a dedicated team of staff to guide them through each stage of their school career to support them in making these choices, whether that be guidance and motivation from the Competitive Courses Group for students who should be aiming for the most competitive destinations or support from our careers team in making successful applications to apprenticeships. The wide range of experiences we guarantee through both curricular and extra-curricular opportunities ensures that whatever a students’ destination, they leave Wellsway equipped with the skills and character traits necessary to make this transition with confidence and success.
Staff are our most important resource and are valued, supported and encouraged to develop personally and professionally within a learning and caring community. We believe there is a relationship between healthy, positive staff and school improvement and are committed to our duties as an employer to ensure policies and practices are sensitive to staff wellbeing.
Wellsway’s practices aim to support staff health and minimise the harm from stress and to create a school ethos where all staff feel valued, with respect, empathy and honesty forming the cornerstones of all school relationships. Staff wellbeing is an area on the school improvement plan and staff voice is regularly considered alongside the work of the staff wellbeing committee which meets every term and has representation from the whole staff body.
We invest in staff wellbeing; welfare and health and fitness through a wide range of staff benefits and both formal and informal provisions and opportunities. Please see our website for further details.
Wellsway School is part of the Wellsway Multi Academy Trust, established in 2014, which forms a partnership of schools spanning the Bristol - Keynsham - Bath area that work together to provide a high quality educational experience for all students in their care. Being part of this family of schools that is cross stage as well as cross phase allows staff to share best practice across all key stages and across different types of schools and the trust is moving towards its vision of being a truly inclusive provider of 4-19 education in East Bristol and Bath.
The Trust’s strategic vision
Collaboration and joint working will ensure that all academies in the Trust can share in, and benefit from, each other’s strengths.
Please see our Career Site for further details on the Trust and our vacancies.