Purpose of the role:
To use your passion for the creative arts and education to provide welfare and pastoral advice to students to support and mentor young people to succeed in education.
Big Creative Academy
Big Creative Academy (BCA) is a post-16 free school specialising in the creative industries. We believe that teaching skills employers want and empowering young people to think reflectively enables positive outcomes for students and our wider community. Big Creative Academy is committed to wellbeing and excellent teaching. At our Ofsted inspection and were judged Grade 2 ‘Good’, with inspectors recognising that the Academy makes a significant difference to the outcomes for young people. We have high expectations of our staff and students and want to be recognised as one of the leading providers of vocational programmes in the creative arts. We are already a DfE best practice school for LGBT+.
Big Creative Academy opened in September 2014 and with an investment of 20m by the Department of Edcuation we are excited to be moving into our state of the art academy building and increasing our student cohort to 400. All the students are aged 16-19, primarily studying Level 3 vocational qualifications. Our students are diverse and challenging and ultimately extremely rewarding to work with. Our study programmes specialise in music, fashion, media, art & design, dance, sports studies and performing arts as well as GCSE Maths and English.
The Academy is lively! We are well connected with industry and all of our teaching staff have industry experience. We also have industry ambassadors from companies such as MTV, ITN, Barcroft Media and Island Records and experts are kind enough to provide masterclasses for students. Our focus on skills, wellbeing and networks gives our students the edge in a competitive marketplace.
Sacha Corcoran MBE is Principal of the Academy, an inspiring self-made woman involved in education for over 20 years. She has brought together a small outstanding team who are committed to the vision and ethos of the Academy. Our team are high achievers and have interesting and diverse backgrounds whose focus is to re-imagine education.
Many are have their own creative careers as musicians, actors, producers and fashion designers and all have a passion for creativity.
Some of the benefits of working at Big Creative Academy
Big Creative Academy has a Wellbeing Manifesto promoting positive relationships, resilience and reflection which extends to staff as well as students. We want our team to be productive and happy. The Academy provides the following benefits:
• A staff wellbeing day
• Admin days built into the academic year
• An individual CPD plan to bring out your brilliance
• Teaching, learning and assessment groups to share best practice and try new teaching techniques
• Opportunities to learn from your creative colleagues, for example, learning how to DJ, sew, improve your photoshop skills
• An employee assistance line for people to talk through difficulties confidentially, with solutions often offered to partners
• Full pension benefits in either the Teachers Pension Scheme or Local Government Pension Scheme.
Big Creative Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.We particularly welcome applications from under represented groups including ethnicity, gender, transgender, age, disability, sexual orientation or religion.