As all the schools across the Vale Academy Trust work collaboratively together and support each other, many opportunities for continuous professional development are opening up.
Since October 2013 our Trust has grown significantly within the local area of Wantage and South Oxfordshire. The VAT currently works with eight schools to support the educational provision of children from 3-18, including King Alfred’s Academy which is Ofsted graded as ‘outstanding’ and is a designated Teaching School and National Support School. Larkmead School in Abingdon joined the Trust on 1st January 2017, meaning there are now two secondary schools within the Trust. There are also six excellent primary schools; the latest to join, Thameside Primary School in Abingdon, converted and joined the Trust on 1st August 2017. We are also developing excellent links with a number of pre-school settings linked to our academies.
Currently the VAT is responsible for the education of 4,250 children and young people, and employs almost 650 members of staff across our schools, making us the largest employer in the area.
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 offers unrivalled opportunities to work with other leaders and Headteachers across the Trust. There is also scope for engaging with the OTSA Growing Future Leaders Programme with plenty of support for those that are aiming to prepare for headship.
There is a growing central team linked to teaching and learning, and also other key services such as: finance, operations, human resources, governance and policy, and IT. The aim is to support teaching staff in each academy with quality ‘back office’ services so that the main focus is always on first class teaching and learning.
The VAT also supports staff in many other ways. There are a range of options 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.
If you join one of our academies you will be part of a team of dynamic, exciting and friendly staff who support each other and where those who want to progress rapidly will have every opportunity to do so.
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