Recruitment and the Vale Academy Trust
Welcome to the Vale Academy Trust. I am delighted that you are considering working within our group of academies. The Trust was formed by local Headteachers and governors in October 2013. All of us believed that by forming a multi academy trust we would be able to support each other through changing and challenging times. We also realised that by working together we would be able to offer our staff far more opportunities. Since October 2013 our Trust has grown significantly within the local area of Wantage in South Oxfordshire. We currently work with five schools and support the educational provision of children from 3-18; this includes King Alfred’s Academy which is Ofsted graded as ‘outstanding’ and is a Teaching School. There are also four excellent primary schools within the Trust and more will join over the coming year. We are also developing excellent links with a number of pre-school settings linked to our academies.
Continuing professional development is at the heart of our Trust. We have a proven track record of developing our own leaders and this applies to all, from trainee teachers through to school heads. The Trust works very closely with Oxfordshire Teaching Schools Alliance (OTSA) to identify, recruit, train and develop staff at every level within our academies.
Newly qualified teachers are supported not only within each academy; they are also able to access developmental opportunities across our Trust and within OTSA. Young leaders are identified early and are offered a wide range of additional opportunities to sample leadership in a supportive way. Middle leaders have the chance to work with teachers in a similar role across our academies and we do all we can to promote from within the Trust.
For senior leaders, the Trust will offer amazing opportunities to work with other leaders and Headteachers across the Trust. You will also have the opportunity to engage with the OTSA Growing Future Leaders Programme and will, where appropriate, be supported as you prepare for headship.
The Trust also supports staff in many other ways. There are wide ranging opportunities linked to staff wellbeing, including social events, staff weekends away and subsidised use of the swimming pool at the local leisure centre. The range of extra-curricular activities on offer involving taking young people all over the world is second to none within our Trust.
Most importantly, if you join one of our academies you will become a member of a dynamic, exciting and friendly group where we support each other and those who want to progress rapidly will have every opportunity to do so.
We look forward to welcoming you if you decide to join us.
Chief Executive of the Vale Academy Trust
National Leader of Education