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Overview

Cranford Community College is an exceptional 11-19 inclusive academy with a mission to transform the community.

Under the Leadership of Executive Headteacher and National Leader of Education, Kevin Prunty, the school has been on a trailblazing journey to collect a myriad of awards and accolades on the way and to be graded outstanding in all areas by Ofsted. Challenge Partners described the school as ‘outward looking, awe-inspiring and exciting’.

Vision and Values

  • BEYOND OUTSTANDING

Cranford Community College provides all students with a broad, balanced, dynamic and personalised curriculum. Students are constantly challenged to ensure that they learn at a rapid pace. Teachers are highly skilled and are deeply committed to making sure that each student achieves the highest academic standards.

  • EXCELLENCE IN ALL AREAS

Students behave in an exemplary manner. Excellent relationships between students and staff support the highly positive learning culture that permeates the school.

  • LEADING FROM THE CUTTING EDGE

The school is committed to innovation and prides itself in being at the forefront of national and international developments. The school encourages staff to further their subject and teaching expertise through higher level university study and school based research. Working with its partners, Cranford plays a pivotal role in leading the development of the education system so that our students and staff benefit from the most up to date opportunities, educational practice and new learning technologies.

  • A TEACHING SCHOOL

Cranford Community College has been designated a “Teaching School” by the Department for Education. We only recruit outstanding teachers and those that show the potential to be so, including former students who have returned wanting to ‘give back’ to our local community. We provide an extensive training programme for all staff to ensure that they remain highly skilled, well-motivated and highly qualified. Cranford’s teachers lead outstanding learning which translates into outstanding student progress and outcomes.

  • TRANSFORMING A COMMUNITY

The school has a mission of ‘Transforming the Community’. Cranford is thoroughly integrated within the local community and is focused on driving improvement within and beyond our local area. The school ensures that the young people of Cranford and its surrounding areas achieve as highly as possibly in every educational and social field. We promote the wider curriculum including personal development and extracurricular activities.

At Cranford students are given the kind of life changing experiences which help them to mature into confident successful adults.

  • A TRULY REMARKABLE PLACE

The school provides excellent guidance to ensure that students are on the right course and the pathway that is best for them and their future. Everyone has high expectations. The wide range of extra-curricular clubs and amazing opportunities help develop students wider education and create a real passion for learning and love of what students study. The Supervised Study Centres provide a quiet place of study with a dedicated Centre Manager to support and guide students with their learning.

The sixth form continues to build its reputation of excellence with students gaining places at top Russell Group universities each year including Oxford and Cambridge. Cranford’s sixth form is definitely the place to be successful and achieve.

Working for us

If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers - send us your CV now via our School Talent Pool and say what sort of role you're looking for. By joining our School Talent Pool we'll know you're interested in working here when a future vacancy occurs.

 

CPD at Cranford

For all Secondary Phase Subjects and Primary Phase

September 2016 

Would you like to train to become a qualified teacher in an outstanding West London school partnership?

Cranford Community College Teaching School Alliance is recruiting graduates to train to become qualified teachers via the School Direct training route.  Successful trainees will undertake a comprehensive programme to gain Qualified Teacher Status and the PGCE (Postgraduate Certificate in Education) in conjunction with our partner universities.

You could qualify for either a salaried place or a tax free bursary of up to £30,000 while you train.

In order to apply you need to be a graduate or in your final year at university, and you need GCSE Maths and English grade C or above (and C in Science for Primary training places).

These opportunities are located in our Alliance of Primary and Secondary schools based in West London.

We are holding a ‘Train to Teach’ event on Thursday 11th February 2016  from 4.30-7.30pm.  This is your opportunity to find out more about training to teach with us.  All interested applicants should register their interest in attending by contacting Upkar Kaur on 020 8283 4446.

 

 

 

Staff profile - Henry

Henry is a History teacher who joined Cranford in September 2014 as a trainee teacher on the Teach First programme and is now a newly qualified teacher (NQT).

“Cranford is an excellent school to start your teaching career at. The community of staff and students is welcoming of all new teachers, and the school values each member of staff highly. I have found my experience of working here to be incredibly rewarding over the last year”.  

“Support at Cranford is widely available, either through outstanding CPD (continuing professional development) training or informal conversations with more experienced colleagues. The school has a carefully constructed CPD programme for all trainee teachers and NQTs. I have attended CPD sessions ranging from creating brand new schemes of work, to sessions discussing engaging and imaginative lesson activities. I have found the staff at Cranford to be friendly, approachable and always willing to lend an ear, or offer practical advice to apply in your classroom”.

“Like any school, Cranford is defined by its students. All classes are driven by the eager curiosity of students to learn, and their inquisitive nature of every subject. Students respect each other and staff, and are fully aware of the school’s expectations of them. Extra-curricular clubs are also highly popular, with students being involved in Drama productions and sports teams. The school welcomes teachers who want to engage with students outside of the classroom and those who want to further contribute to the school’s community”.

“Throughout my first term as an NQT, I have received a weekly 1 to 1 mentor meeting with an experienced History teacher. The support provided in these sessions has really helped me to progress my own pedagogy. While my NQT year has been demanding and challenging, Cranford has helped me to develop my teaching and my experience here has been fantastic”.

 

Staff profile - Seema

Seema is a Science Teacher who joined Cranford as a School Direct trainee in September 2015. She was a former student at the school and was interested in undertaking her teacher training at the school.

“I was interested in undertaking my teacher training at Cranford because I grew up in the local community and wanted to give back to that same community. I was aware of the supportive nature of the school from when I was a student, so I knew this would be no different during my time as a teacher. So far my experience has been very positive as my subject mentor has been exceptional in providing advice and guidance that will help aid my practice”.

“I have had a pleasant experience working at Cranford due to the strong ethos of the school. The school is rich with culture and diversity, amongst both staff and students, and they support all their students regardless of their educational or cultural background. The school also has strong links with the community, where they are able to support the local community and provide opportunities for students to support their personal development. Alongside helping student development, the school offers in house CPD (continuing professional development) training to staff to help their professional development”.

“I chose the School Direct programme as it provides a good balance between a practical and university setting. The structure of the programme allows you to learn the theory and then incorporate these ideas into your teaching practice the following week. Additionally, I teach a core subject therefore I was eligible for a training bursary, which made the scheme more attractive”.

“At this point in my training year, I can see myself applying for an NQT position at Cranford because of the time and investment the school spends on its staff. The staff and students are friendly and work hard which makes teaching at Cranford enjoyable”. 

 

 

 

Staff profile - Rob

Rob joined Cranford in January 2009 as a part time English teacher and has subsequently worked as Head of English and Senior Teacher before taking on his current post as Assistant Head, with responsibility for behaviour and pastoral care, two years ago.

Rob was part of the first cohort of Teach First trainee teachers in 2003 and spent five years teaching at another outstanding school in Tower Hamlets before taking a year’s sabbatical to travel in South America with his wife where he attempted to write a novel. After joining Cranford, he quickly realised he wanted to return to teaching full time and spent a year working as a joint Head of Department before moving back into a pastoral role. Having previous experience as a Head of Year, Rob worked with the Head of Year and Year Manager team at Cranford and joined the Senior Leadership Team soon afterwards.

“Cranford is a unique school and a very special place. The atmosphere is warm, supportive and positive and it is not just the students who are made to feel comfortable here! The Pastoral team play a massive role in the life of the school and our systems of positive behaviour management have really succeeded in fostering the attitudes and behaviours that have taken Cranford ‘Beyond Outstanding’ ”.

“I have never worked with such a talented and hard-working staff as you find at Cranford. As well as their commitment and care for all the students, it is the constant drive to improve that makes it such an exciting place to work”.

“One of the huge strengths of the school is that it is full of opportunities for staff and students alike. On a personal level, I have always felt challenged as well as supported and it is that combination which brings out the best in people and helps all staff to develop to their full potential”. 

Staff profile - Rachel

Rachel is an English Teacher who joined Cranford as a School Direct trainee in September 2015. She has previously worked as a teaching assistant and was keen to undertake her teacher training at the school.

“Cranford is an outstanding school with both hardworking staff and students.  The pupils are eager to learn and are supportive of each other, and the staff members go above and beyond their duty. I immediately felt part of the department and school community”.

 “I have had an enjoyable experience working at Cranford due to the strong ethos of the school. The school has rich cultural diversity; it has strong links with the community and offers extra-curricular activities”.

 “I chose the School Direct programme as I enjoy the 'hands-on approach’ and I wanted to be immersed in a school, whilst having the support of a university.  The programme allows you to have both, and as such I always feel fully supported.  My mentor has been exceptional in providing advice and guidance; and my link tutor regularly checks my progress and provides feedback”.

“There are so many opportunities here.  Every Monday afternoon I have the chance to collaborate with other trainee teachers and NQT’s during our professional development meetings and I am given responsibility within my own department, even at this early stage of my career. I can’t imagine a better place to have started a challenging and rewarding career”.

 

Staff profile - Deepak

Deepak joined Cranford Community College in 2011 as a trainee teacher of Drama. She plays an active role in the department and directed ‘Macbeth’ for the Shakespeare in Schools Festival in October 2015. Deepak also recently became Head of Year 12.

“Cranford Community College offers a range of extra-curricular activities which students can access at any point during their time at school. W Factor is one of the fantastic opportunities available for staff and students to gain new skills or developing existing ones through a range of activities which is part of the Cranford curriculum”.

“In the Performing Arts department we offer students the opportunity to take part in the annual school production, Drama club, Shakespeare in Schools Festival, Rock Choir, Concerts and Staff Band”.

“Cranford Community College is an outstanding school with staff that are supportive, nurturing and knowledgeable. In addition to this students are aware of the high expectations of the school and thrive on building positive relationships with their teachers”.

“During my trainee year I received weekly mentoring sessions with my mentor who supported my teaching and learning and offered support whenever I needed it; this support continued through to my NQT year. The school is very supportive of staff development and I was recently part of a research study on questioning strategies as a way of appropriate feedback to students. Alongside whole school CPD sessions staff are encouraged to find opportunities to continually update their skills in line with their subject or area of responsibility. I have been able to continually reflect and improve my teaching practice through the support of the school offering outstanding CPD sessions”.

“There are so many opportunities available here at Cranford; the school rewards hard work and commitment to teaching”.

Staff profile - Fay

Fay is currently at Berkeley Primary School as a trainee teacher on the School Direct programme in 2015. Berkeley is a partner in the Cranford Teaching School Alliance. As a former teaching assistant at the school, Fay was very keen to carry out her training at Berkeley and continue to contribute towards the children’s learning and progress.

“The transition from teaching assistant to trainee teacher was seamless, my colleagues were so supportive of my new role and the children were very excited to have me in class full time!”

“Berkeley is very well resourced and provides everything I need to ensure I am making good progress which reflects on the impact I am making towards the children’s learning”.

“I feel that the course has highlighted my strengths and given me room to grow, I also am grateful for my mentor’s unconditional support for meeting targets and developing weaker areas of my teaching. I have grown in confidence and built a wonderful working relationship with my class, mutual respect is the most important factor to start your teaching career”.

 “I love going to the training centre each week, catching up with fellow trainees. The tutors are incredible and I am able to bring so much back to the classroom each week, sometimes I have a whole lesson planned from the ideas generated!”

 “Training on the job is definitely not for the feint hearted, it can get tough. However, knowing that there is always someone to turn to helps immensely. You are not alone!”

 

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