We are committed to every student fulfilling their unique potential with us, and we know that depends on our colleagues sharing their talents with them. Bishop Stopford School is a place where your gifts are welcome. Our students benefit form learning in a community where expertise spills over from the daily role to which they are appointed into the broader life of our school.
That might be a skill you’d like to share – many of our sports teams, for example, are run by colleagues who don’t teach PE – or aren’t teachers at all. Or you might wish to join in leading the fabulous range of enhancement activities which are on offer or even perhaps starting an activity yourself. And you could also lead on trips which genuinely change lives. There aren’t too many school who offer an annual trip to the Isles of Scilly, for example, and your contribution to opportunities such as these make memories of a lifetime.
For Teachers, our school is a place where you can hone your craft and become an ‘expert teacher’. Collaboration marks all that we do, and you can shape the curriculum with colleagues, other leaders and governors.
If you’re into research, Bishop Stopford School is definitely the place to be. There’s a real buzz around accredited courses such as NPQs and participating in action research – all focused on delivering the best quality of teaching and learning. We run partnerships with other schools to deepen our knowledge and provision, and we’re both locally and nationally engaged in developing and maintaining outstanding practice.
Our students are sharp! They recognise great teaching and learning, and you’ll thrive on their avid interest in your subject. So if you are passionate about your subject, passionate about pedagogy and wish to be an inspirational role model for young people and your colleagues, this is a great place to be.
For Associate Staff, there is also a relentless focus on great performance. Each team aims for excellence: from HR to IT, Admin, Finance and Site management, all are aligned with the core values and ensure that the operations required for a medium-sized business to function effectively are well performed. We are reflective and ensure the highest standards to ensure an efficient, safe and financially secure environment for everyone in our community.
Team leaders work to the highest standards, and those in ‘student facing’ roles enhance the experience and learning of students. Our message is simple to all potential colleagues for the Associate Staff team: if you have a professional commitment to work, where you want to do the very best to achieve your personal goals and those of the organisation, Bishop Stopford School will provide you with a workplace where you can thrive. We offer both full time and part-time contracts dependant on the role.
Training & Development
Your development matters to us! Colleagues continually comment on the amazing opportunities they are provided to learn and to extend their knowledge. We are very clear that we can’t expect expertise across our school without investing in colleagues. It’s no surprise we were awarded Investors in People Gold at our last assessment: the informal and formal learning which goes on here is huge.
We encourage colleagues to ask for opportunities and we provide them whenever possible. They are generous in sharing their expertise with each other, and we create many opportunities for this to happen, as well as using expertise from beyond our school.
Your entitlement is simple: support for you as you grow in your career, with individualised opportunities to take part in relevant development opportunities. For all our colleagues, we provide:
- An induction programme with1:1 support from a member of the Leadership Team;
- Performance Management;
- Access to a range of online courses to support knowledge developments;
- Access to additional courses provided by relevant authorities and specialist knowledge companies
- Weekly dedicated CPD time;
- An Educational and Professional Studies programme;
- Membership of the Chartered College of Teaching, providing access to up-to-date educational research, resources and training possibilities;
- Cross-school research and CPD groups;
- ECT colleagues receive a specialist programme and bespoke guidance and support.