Thank you for your interest in working for King Alfred’s Academy, a designated Teaching School and National Support School graded ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted in February 2011. Current numbers on our roll are: 1821, with 286 students in the Sixth Form. This is an exciting time to be joining us – from January 2018 we will no longer be a three site school but will have all our students based on two sites; Years 7 and 8 will continue to enjoy being on a site of their own (West Site), with all the benefits that brings following transition from primary school. Years 9, 10 and 11 will be based together on our Centre Site, along with our Sixth Form. In addition to our brand new Dining Facility and Maths and English Teaching areas, we will have the latest state-of-the art Science Facilities on Centre Site in a new building currently under construction.
Whether you are a teaching or support staff professional, with King Alfred’s being part of the rapidly growing Vale Academy Trust, there has never been a better time to join us. King Alfred’s, along with five local primary schools, work together to support the educational provision of 3300 children and young people from 3 – 18. Larkmead Secondary School, based in Abingdon, is set to join the Trust in the New Year. The Trust employs nearly 500 staff and is now the largest employer in the area. Take a look at the short video film below to get a feel for life as a teacher or member of the support staff working at our Academy.
ANY CURRENT VACANCIES ARE LISTED BELOW
With Trust schools working collaboratively together and supporting each other, a wealth of career development opportunities are opening-up for those that are looking to join a dynamic, aspirational and friendly team of staff. Moreover, as King Alfred’s Academy is a lead school in the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance, the assistance we can provide to help further the careers of both newly qualified teachers and those who are looking to move into Leadership, is second to none. One of the Assistant Head Teachers at King Alfred’s Academy is a Director of OTSA and leads on CPD for the county.
OTSA is a partnership of nursery, primary, secondary and special schools who have a shared belief that through working collaboratively they will achieve better outcomes for the young people of Oxfordshire. Teachers in OTSA partner schools will have access to unrivalled opportunities for professional and career development.
OTSA is an Appropriate Body for NQT Induction. NQTs at KAA are registered with OTSA and benefit from access to online training and support materials, a specialist team of school-based NQT Induction Leaders and a wide range of phase and specialism specific training and professional development programmes run in partnership with Oxford Brookes University and the University of Oxford.
There are more than 50 training events or professional development programmes available through OTSA each year. We have programmes for every stage of a teacher’s career including Early Professional Development, Middle Leadership, Senior Leadership and Headteacher Programmes, as well as programmes focussed on subject specific teaching and learning. Our programmes are school based so you may have opportunities to develop and deliver training to colleagues across Oxfordshire.
The OTSA SCITT (School Centred Initial Teacher Training) is an awarding body for Qualified Teacher Status, training nursery, primary, secondary and special school teachers through School Direct for King Alfred’s Academy and other Oxfordshire Schools. KAA places a high value on recruiting through this pathway.
Prior to making your decision about training to become a teacher, we are pleased to offer a comprehensive Schools Experience Programme. A summary of programme dates and fee information is available by clicking HERE. If you would like to find out more, please contact Jo Stocker, KAA Teaching School Administrator, via 01235 225700 or email: email@example.com.
The SCITT provides excellent additional professional development opportunities through potential involvement in the steering group, the trainee selection panels or working as a tutor on the programme. As a school-based programme there will also be opportunities to train and work as a mentor on School Direct.
OTSA views educational research as an essential part of our work. Engagement with research is a critical element of school improvement and individual CPD for teachers. Being research literate is a step forwards in the professionalism of teaching as a whole. OTSA Partner schools are committed to supporting their staff to engage with research. OTSA works with the University of Oxford and Oxford Brookes University to ensure a wealth of materials and opportunities to become involved.
Teachers in OTSA schools have the potential to apply to become National, Local and Specialist Leaders in Education. Our team of System Leaders are deployed for a number of days each year to provide support and training to other professionals and schools. These roles provide excellent networking, professional and career development opportunities.
Nick Luxmoore – Trainer and Supervisor
Nick Luxmoore is a trainer, school counsellor, teacher, youth worker and psychodrama psychotherapist (UKCP registered). He has nearly 40 years’ experience of working with young people and with the professionals who support them.
Nick’s career has included teaching English and Drama in schools and prisons, teaching counselling at Oxford Brookes University, running a youth centre and youth theatre, setting up and managing a young people’s counselling and information service, working as a school counsellor and as a counsellor with young refugees and asylum seekers.
He is the author of ten books – Listening to Young People in School, Youth Work and Counselling (2000), Working with Anger and Young People (2006), Feeling like Crap: Young People and the Meaning of Self-Esteem (2008), Young People in Love and in Hate (2010), Young People and the Curse of Ordinariness (2011), Young People, Death and the Unfairness of Everything (2012), School Counsellors Working with Young People and Staff: A Whole-School Approach (2013); Essential Listening Skills for Busy School Staff: What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say (2014), and his latest work, Horny and Hormonal: Young People, Sex and the Anxieties of Sexuality (2016). His tenth book, ‘Practical Supervision For Counsellors Who Work With Young People’ (2017) has just been released. Further detail within ‘Books’. All books are published by Jessica Kingsley Publishers.
Nick Luxmoore writes a blog for ‘Psychology Today’ and, having recently left King Alfred’s Academy, Wantage, currently works as a freelance trainer, counselling supervisor and writer.
Nick has extensive experience as a trainer, typically leading sessions for professionals working with young people including:
Advanced Counselling Skills
Working with Anger
Self-Harm and Hatred
Self-Esteem and Bullying
Handling Difficult Conversations
Working with Troubled and Troublesome Boys
Working with Difficult Girls
Helping Young People Make Sense of their Parents
So you want to be a School Counsellor?
Anxiety and Depression
Sex, Sexuality and Young People
Young People, Dependency, Attachment and Death
Young People and the Problem of Identity
Essential Listening Skills for Busy School Staff
Training on other topics is available on request. Although his workshops are always experiential (learning by doing), Nick ensures that they are based on research and theory. Nick is available to lead training for groups and organisations of all sizes. All training sessions can be devised to suit the specific needs of participants. In addition, Nick is available for individual and group supervision.
To discuss booking Nick to lead training, supervision or for consultancy, please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org or through King Alfred’s Teaching School on 01235 225700 Extn 2274 or email email@example.com
The Tenth Annual Conference for Counsellors Working in Schools
Who’s in the Room With You? – Thursday 21st September 2017 – BOOK SOON TO SECURE YOUR PLACE!
Counsellors can hide away in a corner, but to what extent are they always working with the school as well as with the student? How are school dynamics played out in the counselling room? Who’s really the client?
With 10 individual workshops on offer from experienced counsellors, psychotherapists and a family therapist, all combining their wealth of experience of working with young people, this conference will provide an opportunity to interact with other counsellors, spend time reflecting and share a diverse range of experiences together. Don’t miss out, and book early!
Nick’s latest work: Practical Supervision for Counsellors who work with Young People (2017) – more info
Counsellors working with young people often find it can feel like messy, complex work. What helps when counsellors are stuck? Nick’s latest book is an assortment of supervision stories exploring issues specific to counselling young people. It recalls those moments when supervision sessions have been crucial to puzzling out the complexities of counselling young people. A précis of his latest offering can be found on the JKP Blog page.
Essential Listening Skills for Busy School Staff: What to Say When You Don’t Know What to Say – Click here for the publishers blog – An interview with Nick Luxmoore
School Counsellors working with Young People and Staff (2013) – more info
Young People, Death and the Unfairness of Everything (July 2012) – more info
Listening to Young People in School, Youth Work & Counselling – more info
Working with Anger and Young People – more info
Feeling like Crap – Young People & the meaning of Self-Esteem – more info
Young People in Love and in Hate – more info
For 10 years, Nick has written a monthly column for the parents of young people. These columns aim to shed light on what might be going on in the minds of young people and on what might be going on between young people, their parents and teachers. 86 of these columns have been consolidated in alphabetical order HERE.
Nick also writes a blog for the magazine ‘Psychology Today’. To read his latest posts click below:
Seen but not heard: why we must listen to our angry teenagers – TimesOnline – Aug 2006
Miss, Mum, what’s the difference – TES – April 2009
Dealing with student anger – OxfordTimes – Nov 2006
Helping Teenagers – OxfordTimes – March 2009
To find out more about the potential opportunities of working in an OTSA Partner School please take a look at the Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance website: http://www.otsa.org.uk
Details of any current vacancies are listed below – please do keep an eye on our website for additional opportunities as they occur.
Start date August 2017
We are currently recruiting for a Finance Apprentice to start from August 2017. We are looking for a dynamic, enthusiastic individual to join our Finance team, and this role has the scope to grow and progress for the right person. This post will be for 30 hours per week, all year round, plus college time to study for the AAT Level 2 qualification.
Applicants must hold at least 5 GCSEs (or equivalent) at grades A* – C, including Maths, as well as 3 A Levels including one in a numerate subject such as Maths or Economics.
The role will involve supporting the Finance function across invoicing, payroll, suppliers and more. Vale is a growing Academy Trust with two secondary schools and five primaries, with another school set to join us shortly. This role has the potential to progress in the future, and could offer the option of going on to study AAT Level 3, ACCA and more.
An application form and further details can be downloaded from http://www.kaacademy.org/about-kas/work-with-us/or contact Christine Hill on 01235 225700. Completed application forms should be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org to arrive by 9.00 a.m. on 19th July 2017.
King Alfred’s is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.
Salary In accordance with the Apprenticeship Scheme
Start date: September 2017
Closing date: 8th September 2017
Interview date: 13th September 2017
Apprenticeship courses available: Support Teaching and Learning in schools Level 2-3
Wantage CE Primary School is part of the Vale Academy Trust which covers both primary and secondary education.
On the job training resulting in a nationally recognised certificate
Competitive apprentice wage
Career guidance with opportunities for progression
Job duties and responsibilities
- Maintaining the care and wellbeing of all children in the academy
- Ensuring the health and safety of all pupils in the classroom and throughout the academy in accordance with the academy’s policy
- Support the teaching staff with children’s learning (and play activities), working with groups / individual children on tasks as directed by the class teacher
- Assisting with the preparation and arrangement of teaching and practical areas
- Preparing visual aids / mount work for displays / photocopy materials
- Encouraging children to meet the standards of behaviour set out in the academy ‘s policy
The successful candidate will have the following:
- GCSEs at A* ‐ C including Maths and English (or equivalent) – ESSENTIAL
- Knowledge, understanding and commitment to equal opportunities
- To be able to demonstrate good literacy and numeracy ability
- Ability to develop and maintain good working relationships with the whole academy community