Would you like to join us on our journey to become an outstanding school of first choice at the heart of our local community? Do you care enough to want to make a significant difference to the lives of our amazing students? If so, we would love to offer you the exciting opportunity to join our highly dedicated staff as an inspiring and highly motivated Lead Practitioner in Mathematics.
We are a rapidly improving school, as recognised by Ofsted in November 2018, with good leadership and management and an excellent behaviour policy. In our school students are ready to learn. We pride ourselves on being an ‘academy of opportunity’ for all with excellent relationships between staff and students. As a member of staff you will be highly valued and will be supported to flourish within the Mathematics Faculty as well as the academy as a whole.
Our Maths results have improved significantly over the past two years under the leadership of our outstanding Head of Department. In 2018 67% of students achieved a 9-4 grade in Maths which was a 5% rise on the previous year and was above the National average. Progress 8 for Maths was -0.018. In Years 7 to 8 we have adopted the ARK Maths Mastery approach which is enabling us to close gaps swiftly and provide a solid foundation upon which to build for success at Key Stage 4. Our Maths team access high quality professional development through the scheme, and also, benefit from strong working partnerships with other local schools. The successful candidate will have a great opportunity to enhance the quality of teaching and learning within the department.
At The Dorcan Academy our fundamental belief is that all students are mathematicians, and as such, we aim to instil a love of mathematics and the confidence and willingness for students to achieve their full potential. The key principles which we aim to foster in our students are a deep understanding of mathematical thinking and language, with problem solving at the heart of our curriculum. As well as developing numeracy and literacy skills, students are taught resilience and a determination to succeed as they face new challenges; fostering a growth mindset enables them to be equipped for the world beyond school. We believe that through hard work and effort all students can improve in mathematics and achieve their very best.
For the past 3 years our examination results have improved in all areas, however, we still have a way to go to achieve our ambitious targets. Every member of staff receives bespoke support and development through our in-house coaching programme as well as additional professional development opportunities to promote further progress and career enhancement. We are committed to challenging, supporting and developing staff and students to ‘Aspire to Greatness’ so that we become the best that we can be. In a recent survey 98% of staff said they were proud to be a member of staff at The Dorcan Academy with 93% stating that they enjoy working here. (N.B. 5% did not answer the question!) 100% said that they support the vision of the academy.
Although we don’t boast a shiny new building, we do have excellent facilities, with a supportive, friendly school culture and ethos which is often commented upon by visitors.
The Dorcan Academy is an 11-16 academy situated on the eastern edge of Swindon with a comprehensive, challenging and enriching curriculum and a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities. Our vision comprises 5 key outcomes:
1) Exceptional achievement for every student.
2) High quality teaching that inspires and engages minds through an exciting and creative curriculum.
3) An inclusive school where everyone is valued, cared for and nurtured in an extraordinary way.
4) Students stand out as model citizens, aspiring to make a difference to the lives of others through their exemplary behaviour and attitudes.
5) All stakeholders share a culture and vision to strive towards outstanding in all areas.
In addition, we promote five core values of Belonging, Purpose, Aspiration, Perseverance
and Achievement and the personal qualities of Justice, Honesty, Integrity, Confidence,
Responsibility, Independence and Respect.
We will offer you:
• A supportive and bespoke staff induction programme
• High quality professional development, including an additional £1000 Bursary to support your CPD if you are an Early Careers teacher (Years 2 – 4)
• Additional non-contact time if you are an Early careers teacher or NQT
• Unrivalled support from the leadership team
• Excellent specialist facilities and resources
• Committed staff who ‘go the extra mile’
• Motivated, enthusiastic students who are ready and eager to learn
• Cycle to Work Scheme
The Dorcan 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.