Teacher of Psychology and Sociology
Required for September 2021
Working as part of The GORSE Academies Trust, Boston Spa Academy will ensure that students receive an outstanding education that focuses on aspiration, high expectations and personalisation. Together these non-negotiable values will instil in young people a self-belief that enables students to access the highest standard of higher educational provision and employment. Prior to joining The GORSE Academies Trust the school was inspected by Ofsted and was judged to be ‘Good’ in all areas. However, since joining The GORSE Academies Trust the school has gone from strength to strength and is now rated amongst the highest performing schools in Leeds, the Yorkshire and Humber region and the country.
We are looking for an inspirational individual to join our forward thinking, innovative and dynamic academy to ensure our Outstanding, World Class provision is not only retained but is also built upon. An enthusiastic, dynamic and inspirational Teacher of Psychology and Sociology is required to join a thriving and highly successful curriculum area which has made a major contribution to the strong examination results achieved throughout the academy.
This role represents an exciting opportunity for any candidate who is eager to become part of an organisation that seeks to secure the very highest educational standards for students. If you are excited about the prospect of this rare opportunity, we would be delighted to hear from you.
About Boston Spa Academy
The school is larger than others of its type. The number on roll is increasing after declining since the last inspection. Eighty-one per cent of the students now come from the local area, with a small proportion journeying from Leeds.
Most students are of White British heritage and speak English as their first language.
The proportion of disadvantaged students and therefore supported through the pupil premium is below average. The pupil premium funding is additional government funding for those students who are known to be eligible for free school meals and those who are looked after by the local authority. The proportion of disabled students and those who have special educational needs is below average. There are a greater proportion of boys than girls in most year groups. The school meets the government’s current floor standards, which are the minimum expectations for students’ attainment and progress in English and mathematics by the end of Year 11.
The school is part of the Wharfe Valley Learning Partnership. A very small minority of students learn off-site, at either the Grafton Centre, which is the home teaching service, or at Carlton Barracks. The purpose is to retain students’ engagement in learning by providing a bespoke curriculum appropriate to their need.
The school enters a few students early for GCSE examinations but does not intend to do so going forward. Since the previous inspection there have been many changes to staffing, at a senior level and amongst teaching staff, especially in English and mathematics.