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About us

The Deanery CE Academy is placed In the heart of Wichelstowe. Wichelstowe is a new development in Swindon and is split into three areas known as East, Middle and West Wichel. The East Wichel development of 800 homes is complete but Middle and West Wichel, which comprise at least a further 3000 homes, are still in the early stages of development with housebuilding due to commence soon. The secondary school will be at the heart of an emerging community and the school staff will have a key role to play in not only setting the tone for the school but the wider community. Wichelstowe is being developed as a joint venture partnership between the local authority and Barratt developments. They have high ambitions to create both a great place to live with high quality housing and a happy and healthy community.

The secondary school was needed to address an increasing shortfall of spaces in Swindon as a result of the development taking place. It will also be well placed to have a significant impact upon the quality of secondary education in Swindon.  The addition of a new Church of England school with a supportive, collaborative, outward focus will help promote an upward trajectory of school improvement across the town.


The Academy will be an 11-18 school taking 210 pupils into each year organised into eight tutor groups. It will serve its immediate local vicinity as well as drawing pupils with Christian affiliation from throughout Swindon.


The Key Priority

This is a unique opportunity to create an outstanding centre of learning to be a beacon of excellence across the Borough; a place where individual children are challenged to raise their aspirations and enabled through inspiring teaching to achieve beyond their own expectations.


Our Partner School

We are delighted to have secured the ongoing support of an outstanding Church of England school within the Diocese to support the opening and development of the Deanery CE Academy.


St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

St Mary Redcliffe and Temple (SMRT) is a successful and heavily oversubscribed 11-18 co-educational, Church of England, comprehensive school of over 1700 students, serving families from the whole of greater Bristol and beyond.


SMRT was judged in January 2012 and again in April 2015 to be outstanding by Ofsted, and outstanding in their church school (SIAMS) inspection, in each and every category.   Ofsted judged Leadership and Management, Behaviour and Safety of Pupils, Quality of Teaching, Achievement of Pupils, and Sixth Form Provision, all as Outstanding.  Ofsted remarked that “Church school status makes an important and distinctive contribution to the school’s exceptionally positive values and beliefs. Leaders and the highly effective governing body ensure that students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural development is given the highest possible priority.” “The promotion of students’ spiritual, moral, social and cultural education is extremely impressive and contributes enormously to the welcoming ethos of the school. Equality of opportunity is vigorously promoted; discrimination in any form is not tolerated. Students are highly reflective about matters of faith and personal responsibility; their social awareness is remarkably perceptive.”


Christian ethos is at the centre of SMRT’s distinctiveness and success. The schools believes that daily worship helps them get their priorities right. The School has a clearly identified set of values that are reflected in pastoral and curriculum practice. The School is committed to developing students as whole people and lifelong learners. To facilitate this St Mary Redcliffe and Temple school has developed the Alive model, which seeks to develop competencies, values and skills in their students to support their development as ‘fully alive’ learners. The role of the tutor is key, and teachers are expected to be tutors in one of the Houses in the main school. Students in Years 8-11 are in mixed age tutor groups, which contribute to the ‘family’ atmosphere of the school.


Much of the successful bid for the Deanery CE Academy was produced through taking the proven outstanding Church school practice of SMRT and re-imagining it in the Swindon context.  


Christian Distinctiveness

The key aspect of our vision for the new school will be its distinctive Christian ethos and its inclusiveness. It will be distinctive in the sense that all decisions about the nature and purpose of the school will be taken through the lens of Christian values. All students and staff will be equally valued for their uniqueness in the eyes of God, and for their belonging to the school community. No one will be discriminated against due to their beliefs or lack of them. Everyone will be challenged to consider what they believe and why they believe it and to aspire to continual personal growth.


It is envisaged that up to 50% of places will be available locally with no faith criteria and 50% will be available across the town for people from a variety of Christian denominations if the school is oversubscribed. Students will therefore come from a mix of Christian backgrounds from a variety of different traditions and ethnic heritage as well as from no faith and other faith backgrounds. The school will provide safe boundaries, good relationships and empowered learning in a culture of hope. Hope is not understood as personal wish fulfilment, a ‘follow your dreams’ type of hope but rather as a communal living-out of the values, relationships and transformations that should characterise a thriving school, community and the wider world.


The aim is to help every young person be ‘fully alive’ and to build skills such as communication and organisation, competencies such as creativity and resilience and values such as valuing trust, truth, reconciliation and faith. This will be developed across the curriculum and by three fortnightly ‘Empowered Learning’ lessons in which students will be able to build their own learning power as well as benefit from an opportunity to enhance their numeracy and literacy skills where appropriate. These skills, competencies and values will be discussed with key stakeholders and rooted in the values of the locality. The school will establish a self-reflective culture where governors, parents/carers, staff, students and the wider community are encouraged to contribute to learning and development.

Working For Us

If you're searching for your next teaching post, why not contact us now? You'll be working at a great new school and be part of a friendly, helpful team. We're always interested to hear from enthusiastic, committed teachers, we are very passionate about teacher development so we are always happy to hear from Newly Qualified Teachers. We are growing the school organically year-by-year so we will give you the space and time to develop your pedagogy 

About Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust

DBAT - Our Mission as Sponsors

The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust was established in 2012 and has now grown steadily to 14 Primary Academies and 1 Secondary Academy.


Our vision is to be a Trust of exceptional academies with strong Christian ethos which provide a values-led education and opportunities for all children to flourish and achieve their fullest potential. We aim for all our academies to be schools of choice, with good or better Ofsted and SIAMS grades, and will work with local communities, staff, children, parents, churches & the wider Diocesan family to achieve this.


Mission Statement

DBAT’s core purposes are to:

  • Focus on improving the educational experiences, employment prospects and life chances of young people, especially those from disadvantaged socio-economic backgrounds;
  • Demonstrate that children’s life-chances are improved when their formal education is within the context of an academy that is founded in the Christian tradition, established in an ethos that is distinctively Christian and embraces the very best practices in teaching, learning, leadership, management and safety;
  • Accelerate students’ levels of attainment and achievement, raising student, teacher and parental aspirations and ambitions;
  • Help to create more cohesive communities, enhancing opportunities for social mobility by striving to eliminate the attainment gap between students from disadvantaged backgrounds and young people who by circumstances of birth and inheritance take for granted their automatic right to a good education;
  • Transform the overall performance of underperforming schools in deprived areas, helping to improve and innovate in all aspects of teaching, learning and leadership together with promoting the development of future leaders.



DBAT shares the Church of England's Vision for Education 2016, "Deeply Christian, Serving the Common Good", which includes four basic elements wisdom, hope, community and dignity. We aim to deliver values-led education with the very best outcomes for children and young people.



DBAT cherishes the principle of family. We believe that pupils’ needs are collectively met through collaboration, joint purpose and a strong Christian ethos which allows all children and staff to flourish. Christian values are central to all our work; generosity, compassion, courage, forgiveness, friendship, respect, thankfulness, trust, perseverance, justice, service and truthfulness.


Safeguarding Statement

The Diocese of Bristol Academies Trust (DBAT) 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. The successful applicant will require an Enhanced DBS check. We welcome all applications regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation.

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