The Earls High School
We believe passionately that education has one, deeply important, characteristic that nothing else can match. A good education gives the opportunity for any individual to transcend their starting point. Education is the one thing that allows us all to enhance our natural talents, gifts and abilities. That is what we strive for at The Earls, creating enhanced life chances for our students.
The school motto: 'Ut filii lucis fiatis', almost literally 'to become the children of light', that's what we want for our students: to become enlightened.
As an Ofsted rated Outstanding school, The Earls promotes a challenging and stimulating environment that aims to fully engage students in their learning. We are looking to train, develop and support School Direct candidates who have the potential to be outstanding practitioners.
The training and support offered by The Earls to NQT 's is excellent, it is supportive and tailored to the needs of a new teacher. Each teacher is encouraged to stretch themselves and reflect on their own practise in order to challenge and progress with the comfort of knowing that have outstanding support behind them.
The training and support I received during my NQT training really helped me develop at the start of my teaching career. Not only did this training help me within my classroom teaching but other aspects of school life were covered and developed upon as well. A comfortable environment for every session was created where I could share my ideas, ask any questions and be challenged.
I have had a fantastic experience of the training and induction programme during my NQT year at The Earls. From the very beginning I was made to feel supported by the Induction mentor and other members of staff who were running induction sessions. The induction programme consisted of several very well planned and executed sessions which covered key aspects of teaching which I could quickly and easily integrate into my lessons. Observations were always carried out in a very supportive and positive manor. Because all current NQT's attended the sessions it was also a great way to get to know others who were in the same position as myself and could relate to my experiences of teaching in my first year.
The encouragement and support provided by my subject mentor and Induction tutor during my NQT year was absolutely first class and the regular and comprehensive mentor meetings and NQT induction sessions were fantastic! I can highly recommend The Earls High School to anyone looking to complete their Initial Teacher Training or NQT year here.
If you have the knowledge, passion and commitment required to become an outstanding practitioner then you should aim to train at The Earls.
The Earls is proud to announce that we are working in partnership with a number of schools in order to secure outstanding teachers to give our students the very best educational opportunities.
Aldridge is a comprehensive school for pupils of all abilities and backgrounds, aged between 11 and 19. Aldridge was rated a Good school by Ofsted in November 2012.
There has been a sharp increase in the proportion of students gaining five A* to C grades at GCSE, including in English and mathematics. The proportion of students obtaining the highest A* to A grades has also shown a significant improvement. Standards are well above average. Ofsted 2012
We pride ourselves in providing the highest quality of academic achievement, support and guidance for all pupils whatever their ability or potential. Our reputation as a caring school, with high academic standards, is built upon these ideals. We have created a richly diverse and adaptable environment to give pupils a rock-solid foundation to grow as individuals, achieve the best possible standards in their exam results, and enter the world equipped with all the skills for a successful adult life.
We support our strong academic curriculum with an outstanding extra-curricular programme, which gives everyone the chance to shine, regardless of learning ability. We have good facilities, and a highly committed professional staff, dedicated to the development of each pupil in our school.
In 2014 we achieved the Investors in People Gold award the assessor summarised the report with this statement:
"Aldridge is a great place to work ".
In an external Kirkland Rowell staff survey completed in April 2014 82% of staff graded the school as an outstanding place to work.
See Aldridge's website: http://www.aldridge.walsall.sch.uk/
Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form is a popular 11-18 Foundation Trust School situated in the heart of the Village of Blythe Bridge, in the Staffordshire Moorlands. At Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form we pride ourselves on being a warm and welcoming community, committed to the pursuit of excellence. Our curriculum is designed to meet the needs of all our students and ensure that they have the necessary skills to progress through education and become successful young adults, able to engage fully and contribute positively to society. Strong emphasis is placed on embedding music throughout our curriculum as well as our core, Olympic values of Determination, Courage, Friendship, Excellence, Respect, Inspiration and Equality.
Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form has long recognised the importance and value of Initial Teacher Training (ITT). We offer School Direct places in partnership with The Earls High School. Once trainees have applied to The Earls High School, they may be paced with us here for one of their placements. School Direct trainees receive both curriculum and pastoral support from their Subject Mentors and our Professional Tutor once placed with the School. We are fully committed to the process of training tomorrow's teachers and our supportive environment ensures that all School Direct trainees will reach their full potential.
See Blythe Bridge High School & Sixth Form's website: www.blythebridge.staffs.sch.uk
Castle High School
Castle High School and Visual Arts College, situated near the centre of Dudley, is a truly comprehensive school embracing the talents of all its students and celebrating the richness of the cultural diversity of the area that surrounds it.
The school has made significant progress in recent years in ensuring that the education it provides for its students is the best possible. The facilities, which feature both traditional and modern architecture, have been equipped with new technologies to enhance the quality of teaching and learning and to ensure the highest levels of progress for all students.
The school is determined to become a centre of excellence and seeks to recruit and develop teachers of the highest calibre who are able to inspire its students to enjoy learning, to achieve high standards and to aspire to become lifelong learners. To this end, the school continues to invest heavily in training opportunities for all staff to give them the support to develop in their chosen role and beyond. The philosophy is simple: this school will ensure the success of all students through outstanding teaching.
There is also a strong caring ethos in the school which ensures high levels of support for students and extends into an atmosphere of mutual respect throughout the school. Our students are challenged to extend their interests through a wide programme of extra-curricular activities, sports teams, enrichment activities and cross-curricular Focus Days. No avenue is left unexplored in the pursuit of excellence for all.
Castle High school is a rewarding, challenging and supportive school which makes a real difference to young people and which invests in everyone associated with the school. It's a great place to be!
Edgecliff High School
A strong sense of community is at the core of our School; one of the clear strengths of Edgecliff is its culture of care and support and the quality of relationships between students and staff. The ethos is one of mutual respect and cooperation.
There is a firm focus on examination performance and students are challenged to achieve more than they thought possible. Edgecliff has an exceptional range of extra-curricular activities with sports teams, musical performances and a variety of lunchtime and after school clubs designed to engage and inspire students to pursue their own interests and develop their talents.
We are looking to train and support School Direct candidates who would be able to challenge our students to go beyond their expectations.
See Edgecliff High's website: http://www.edgecliff.co.uk/
Newfield Park Primary School
Newfield Park is a large primary school near the centre of Halesowen that has 400 pupils on roll. The vast majority of pupils in the school are White British and others come from a range of minority ethnic backgrounds with a very small number learning English as an additional language.
The percentage of pupils known to be eligible for free school meals is below average. The proportion of pupils with special educational needs and/or disabilities is similar to most primary schools, although a much lower than average percentage has a statement of special educational needs. The main areas of need include moderate or specific learning difficulties, or emotional and behavioural difficulties.
The school has achieved the nationally accredited gold level Artsmark as well as Healthy Schools status and the Activemark.
The children at the school have a thirst for learning and take full advantage of the rich curriculum and out of hours programme that is offered.
See Newfield's website: http://www.newfieldpark.co.uk/
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