Working at Noadswood
Why join the Noadswood Staff?
Noadswood is a successful 11-16 mixed Academy with around 1000 pupils on roll. We have a reputation for high quality, well-rounded education. The school is situated in a pleasant village, a short distance from the New Forest and the Waterside and is on a large, green site. We have well-appointed facilities including dedicated teaching spaces for specialist subjects. The school enjoys enthusiastic staff, governor and parental involvement and has an active commitment to staff development.
The overall progress made by our pupils of all abilities has improved in each of the last two years which is a testament to the hard work of our students and teachers.
Noadswood is a fully comprehensive school which admits pupils of all abilities. A priority for the school is closing the gap in attainment and we have a large and highly skilled learning support department supporting individual pupils as well as groups with specific needs.
The non-teaching staff at Noadswood provide the vital roles in keeping the school running in an efficient and effective manner and provide the support to enable the vast array of opportunities for pupils, both curricular and extra-curricular.
All staff at Noadswood are highly valued and their health and well-being is a priority for governors and the senior team. On appointment staff are invited to join the Bupa cash plan scheme at a cost entirely covered by the school. Benefits include reimbursement of dental and optical fees, prescription charges and treatments such as physiotherapy. We offer a salary sacrifice scheme on bicycles and personal laptops. We currently have a popular staff-only circuit training session which runs weekly as well as staff football after school.
We have a very strong link with Southampton University through the PGCE programme and 2 School Alliances: SPELL based at Ringwood and SUPA where we are now the lead school. We also have PE trainees through Chichester University.
Part of any training route includes having a Subject Mentor and Professional Tutor, the mentor supports the trainee with lesson planning and subject knowledge and works alongside to set targets and ensure they get a positive experience in the classroom and within their department. The Professional Tutor oversees all training routes and coordinates professional learning outside of their subject, for example behaviour management.
Over the last 5 years all of our trainees have been successful in getting teaching jobs, some of whom have remained at Noadswood.
We work with Hampshire for the accreditation for our NQT’s which means all of our NQT’s go to the NQT conference in October and then can attend 4 subject specific sessions throughout the year. In school there is a comprehensive induction programme and CPD sessions are run throughout the year after school as well. Each NQT has a subject mentor who supports them through their first year of teaching with regular meetings, lesson observations and help with any planning and subject knowledge.
Middle Leaders/Senior leaders
There is as aspiring middle leader programme run in school for any staff who have been teaching or working in the school for at least a year. This programme runs from January to July with monthly sessions including “Identifying leadership strengths”, “Leading people and effective teams” and “What is progressive learning?” This last year we have had 14 people involved in this programme including some non-teaching staff.
We have supported a number of staff in completing NPQML and NPQSL courses which have helped some in gaining promotion to Assistant Head and Subject Leadership posts.
In addition to these routes we currently have 3 teachers undertaking Masters degrees in Education through Winchester University and have had several complete their MAs over the last 6 years. All have been supported by the school both in terms of time given and financial assistance.