THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST IN VACANCIES AT THE BICESTER LEARNING ACADEMY
The Bicester Learning Academy is a growing multi-academy trust and we are committed to providing a first-class and improving education to all of our students/pupils, enabling them to progress and achieve the standards that reflect their full ability, in all aspects of their lives. It is an exciting and supportive place to learn and to work. Our professional development is second to none. If you are interested in any future vacancies, then please send a covering letter, detailing your area of interest and send, along with your current C.V. to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Why Join Our Team?
Mission, Ethos & Culture
Mr A Coggins
Head of D & T
Since starting at The Cooper School as a NQT in September 2011, I continue to be immensely proud to be involved in the education of the students…
Mr A Coggins - Head of Design & Technology
Since starting at The Cooper School as a NQT in September 2011, I continue to be immensely proud to be involved in the education of the students of the local area. I have been given huge opportunities to progress within this educational setting; progressing from an NQT classroom teacher to 2nd in charge of, and then Head of Design and Technology. The school has offered professional development in my subject specialism of Food and Nutrition; as well as allowing the opportunity to pursue areas of interest such as Behaviour for Learning. The middle and senior leaders have offered support and progression opportunities and the level of energy and commitment shown by staff is second to none.
We are also extremely fortunate to have a senior leadership who trust and support staff which results in a calm and purposeful atmosphere during the school day- it would be hard to believe there are over 1300 people on the site at any one time! We offer the students of Bicester every opportunity to achieve their full potential, both academically and in terms of character education. It is also great to note that the school is committed to ensuring a wide, well rounded curriculum is offered to all students.
I consider myself to be a highly motivated individual who sets the highest of expectations for myself and for the students I teach. I would encourage anyone considering applying for a post, to get in touch and arrange a visit. If you take an opportunity to work at this school, I can guarantee you will not regret it and will find yourself surrounded by fantastic students and like-minded and supportive colleagues.
Mrs C Dean
I joined the Cooper School six years ago as a History teacher having previously taught in the South East for five years. I chose the school because …
Mrs C Dean - Lead Practitioner
I joined the Cooper School six years ago as a History teacher having previously taught in the South East for five years. I chose the school because I wanted to work somewhere that could be considered outstanding and I believe the Cooper School certainly achieves this. Since joining, I have been privileged to work in a friendly, supportive and forward thinking environment. The department is such a close knit unit and we work seamlessly together but this extends beyond my immediate team. Here, you will always find someone willing to offer support and kindness. The school is also extremely receptive to new ideas and SLT are keen to encourage and facilitate staff to follow their own areas of interest and trial new initiatives. There is a culture of sharing best practice with staff invited to share their talents, individual classroom experience and research during our weekly briefings. The Cooper School has an excellent record of growing our own leaders and staff are truly nurtured to develop into the strongest possible educational leaders. I, myself, have benefited from this. In the last six years I have been given the opportunity to lead both the History and RE departments. I received excellent training and support from our Deputy Head, which has allowed me to become involved in teaching and learning across the school, leading to my current post of Lead Practitioner. The Cooper School is a wonderful place to work day to day with great staff and students but it is also a place that will enhance your career and help you to realise your potential.
Ms C Winter
Teacher of English
I am coming towards the end of my NQT year at The Cooper School. I have been overwhelmed with the close-knit and supportive…
Ms C Winter - Teacher of English
I am coming towards the end of my NQT year at The Cooper School. I have been overwhelmed with the close-knit and supportive environment within both the school as a whole and in my department. As an English teacher here at The Cooper School, it is highly exciting to be part of a dynamic and forward-thinking team; having both the support to hone my teaching skills as well as being given the opportunity to develop new approaches to enhance the learning in my classroom.
I have been highly impressed with the numerous CPS opportunities available to me as a beginning teacher. I have been on both in-house and external courses which have been instrumental in my professional development.
It is lovely to work in an environment where you are relentlessly supported and encouraged to be the best teacher you can. Further to this, The Cooper School really puts the student at its heart expressing a high level of pastoral care, giving each individual the opportunity to shine.
Mrs S Sparshott
Head of English
The Cooper School is a thriving and stimulating place to work with an ethos that prioritises the welfare of the students and which encourages…
Mrs S Sparshott - Head of English
The Cooper School is a thriving and stimulating place to work with an ethos that prioritises the welfare of the students and which encourages creativity, imagination and independence. We are not an exam factory, but a genuinely supportive community that respects both students and teachers and the need for thoughtful, insightful learning.
I feel hugely privileged to manage the English Department, a department that really gets to the heart of this ethos. We work closely as a team to exchange ideas, approaches and good practice, and it is a point of pride that we respond to the very real challenges of the curriculum by finding imaginative routes that both challenge and engage.
I began my teacher training at The Cooper School as part of a PGCE course and have never left. I do not regret this choice, as along the way I have been greatly supported in terms of the roles open to me, the professional development provided and the support from my colleagues and the senior leadership team. Just as we as teachers make it a priority to invest in our students, so the infrastructure of the school invests in its staff.
Mr B Tweddle
HLTA - Science
My journey – I started working at The Cooper School in 2014 as a Cover Supervisor…
Mr B Tweddle - HLTA - Science
I started working at The Cooper School in 2014 as a Cover Supervisor. The move into the education sector followed a career change due to redundancy and was something that I had wanted to do for some time.
From the first day I was impressed with the fantastic amount of support and adversely, the space I was given to grow and develop. From here I have been given time and opportunities to further develop and grow within the educational area.
I enjoyed working as a Cover Supervisor, particularly working with the students to move their understanding forwards and with a focus on Science and Maths. This included supporting day trips and other events. However, when an opportunity arose to work within the science department as a HLTA I applied straight away as I was keen to work more consistently with students, with a direct focus on Science. I was offered the role and the school has supported me through my HLTA training and I am now fully qualified.
I have especially enjoyed working on student intervention and student SEND support within the science department. Middle management have also encouraged me to be involved in and work on whole school development projects alongside various colleagues throughout the school, including senior leadership.
As well as previous and ongoing opportunities, I am still moving forward and am currently taking a science course for non-specialists to better support students in their learning of Physics.This is in addition to more amazing continued professional development and every year I am given opportunity to attend various personal development courses, both in house and through external providers.
I am always looking for ways to build my experience and this year I was lucky enough to become the Support Staff Local Governing Body Member for The Cooper School. Again, this has given me opportunities to see the school from a different perspective and interact with colleagues in a different forum and allowed me to gain a better understanding of the development of the school and trust in the wider community, not only internally, but from a county and national stand point.
My longer term goal is to become a Physics teacher and so at the moment, I fulfill my role at The Cooper School alongside my Open University Course. I am married to a science teacher within the department and we have three young children so life can be busy and often chaotic. However, I know that I am always supported by my fantastic colleagues, the wider school community, Senior Leadership and the Executive Headteacher at The Bicester Learning Academy.
The Cooper School has embraced me and my dreams; it is always giving and sharing more and more opportunities and experience. Whether you just want to do your job and go home or immerse yourself in the development of an educational establishment which is second to none, The Cooper School and more widely, the Bicester Learning Academy, has everything you are looking for from kind students and staff to an ethos of working hard but most of all to –Dream Big.
Mrs L Panting
Admin & Data Assistant
I have worked at Glory Farm School as an Administration and Data Assistant for nearly four years. …
Mrs L Panting - Administration & Data Assistant
I have worked at Glory Farm School as an Administration and Data Assistant for nearly four years. I enjoy working as part of such a caring, warm team of people. A Primary School is a unique environment to work in and no two days are the same! The Senior Leadership Team at Glory Farm Primary School make you feel very valued and included in all aspects of school life and the children at Glory Farm really are so polite and friendly.
I have recently taken up the role of Support Staff Governor and am looking forward to being able to contribute in a new way to the school and the new experience this will bring.
I am also a parent of a child at The Cooper School, which gives me great insight into both working for and being a parent of The Academy. My son started at The Cooper School in September of last year and I have been so pleased with the way that he has settled in. He has been so well supported by the wonderful Inclusion Team.
Miss E Kirk
Head of EYFS
I joined the BLA in 2018 following my relocation to Oxfordshire from Dorset. I was initially employed on…
Ms E Kirk - Head of EYFS
I joined the BLA in 2018 following my relocation to Oxfordshire from Dorset. I was initially employed on a temporary contract to cover a colleague’s maternity leave and over 12 months later have found myself settled in a permanent post leading the EYFS Unit at Glory Farm. In the short period of time I have been working here, I have already been given numerous opportunities to develop myself as a leader and to share my area of specialism with the colleagues I work with.
I have been teaching for over 10 years now and feel privileged to be a part of such a positive and supportive establishment. The leadership team at Glory Farm recognise talent and invest in the potential they see amongst staff at every level. I love being part of a school which is going from strength to strength due to its reflective approach to developing provision and educational experiences for the children we work with.
I love everything about my job. No two days are the same. I work with a fantastic team of dedicated staff and children who bring so much joy and happiness to our school. I consider myself to be an enthusiastic and motivated Early Years Specialist with high expectations for myself, my colleagues and the children I am fortunate enough to learn with every day. I would encourage anyone interested in applying for an opportunity to work at Glory Farm to come and visit us. We love having the opportunity to share all of the wonderful things we do and you would always be most welcome.
Mr I Newman
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Mr I Newman - Estates Assistant
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