Are you looking for:-
a supportive and professional learning community?
challenges and opportunities?
a community that lives by Christian values?
a team where everyone’s contribution is equally valued and heard?
a working environment where everyone does, and feels able to do, any task necessary?
a place where coming to work is stimulating, rewarding and fun?
These are all things we feel about coming to work here at Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy.
Regardless of the role you play in our academy, there will be opportunities to develop both within and outside that role. As a growing community, the staff cohort needs to be adaptable and flexible and our support for internal and external training will reflect this. Whether you are already working within an advertised role, looking to change career or are at the start of your career, we can help you take that next step. The current staff cohort has extensive experience across a range of roles and our access to training opportunities within DBAT, local school networks and national course providers mean that there are many routes to further development.
You may already have lots of ideas that you are bursting to try out; you may not even know you have them but, by the professional discussions that you would be part of, we will ensure you have the opportunity and confidence to share these ideas and develop them further. We already share new developments we have worked on with other schools - our current focus areas are Innovative IT, Excellence in outdoor learning, reading for pleasure and writing innovations across all key stages. With the support of DBAT, we are beginning to develop our academy as a centre of excellence for RE teaching and will be setting up a resources hub for the schools in the area. Our Early Years, Key Stage One and Key Stage Two teams already provide support to other schools and we will be developing this as we become an outstanding education provider.
Living the values
We firmly believe that the children need to see our twelve, core Christian values lived, not just talked about, by the adults within our academy family. It is key for us that all adults know and show the values in their interactions with the children, and each other, on a daily basis. For you, coming into our community, this means you will feel welcomed, supported, encouraged and valued; appreciated for all that you bring to us and trusted to do all you can to help our community grow and thrive.
The Tadpole Team Approach
Currently there are 46 members of our staff team who all take part in discussions about changes, problem solving and how best to support the children and their families on their learning journeys. This collaborative approach is one which we will be developing and continuing as we grow. Our support staff are key to an effective team and have an equal voice in terms of learning and pastoral care, utilising their experience and observations so that we are all able to nurture the children effectively. Teachers and classroom support staff work closely together in year group and key stage teams to develop the children's learning pathways. Where practicable we aim to team teach, building on the excellent skills in Early Years teaching and would expect some element of team teaching to be present in every year group.
Mucking in… mucking out!
As a growing school, all of us can, and do, turn our hand to anything… even the jobs you love to hate. As the school reaches capacity, even though there will be more staff, we will all still be mucking in as this way of working fits closely with our Christian ethos of service and responsibility and supports the team style, which is already a strong feature of daily life here at TFCEPA.
A place where coming to work is stimulating, rewarding and fun.
The best people to tell you what it’s like to work here are those of us who already do - what was it that made us apply to join Tadpole Farm CE Primary Academy…
“A chance to be in at the start of something new and evolving. The opportunity to shape the school from the early days.”
“I was interested because it was such an exciting opportunity… then I met the lovely head and that made it a definite yes!”
“It was too good an opportunity to miss out on.”
“The Christian values the school promotes and the opportunity to be in at the beginning and mould the opportunities the children get.”
“I wanted a new exciting adventure...and it’s still going.”
“I applied because it seemed so exciting - I was looking for a new challenge and new experiences...and they happen daily.”
“I applied because it was an exciting opportunity and when I had met the head I knew it would be exciting to work here.”
“It ticked all the boxes of what I was looking for - somewhere to develop and grow my career and to learn more about my professional role.”
and what keeps us smiling every day...
“No two days are the same….helping children and their families grow and develop at Tadpole Farm is a privilege and so rewarding to see.”
“Working with a team of people who put the children at the heart of all they do.”
“It’s a lovely team of people and the children making progress make me smile.”
“There’s something new every day - it’s great knowing that you are helping the children to learn; to be the person who they will become.”
“The positive team I work with and the smiling faces of children when they are here.”
“It’s a fun place to work, everyone is so friendly.”
“I’m happy coming to work every day; the really friendly staff make it an enjoyable team to be part of.”
“We get to do lots of exciting things and are given the opportunity to try out our ideas.”