Are you a great teacher? Work for Walworth Academy

Wednesday 13 May 2015

Are you a talented teacher looking to take the next step in your career? You should work at Walworth Academy – and here are six compelling reasons why:

1) Help make a good school, outstanding

Since Walworth Academy opened in 2007, our students have gone on to study at Oxbridge, the LSE, Imperial College and a host of top universities, and we’re led by an inspiring Principal (Yvonne Powell OBE) with an outstanding reputation for creating excellent schools – and an OBE for services to education.

Walworth has had an incredible journey to its place as an Ofsted-rated ‘Good’ school and, next time, we’re going for outstanding – as a staff member at Walworth, you’ll be able to say you’ve been part of that journey.

2) Continue to develop throughout your career

We recognise that to achieve great things, we need great people. That’s why we will help you to be the very best that you can be, throughout your entire career. In fact, we take professional development so seriously that Ofsted recently noted said that “High-quality training [at Walworth] is the norm for newly qualified teachers or those with many years’ experience” – not something you can say for many schools.

We offer twice the standard number of training days – including our network-wide ‘Hub Days’ where peers join together to learn and share best practice. There are also opportunities for online training and bespoke learning and mentoring programmes.

If you're ambitious, we have a programme called "Aspiring to Headship" which identifies teachers with leadership potential, and helps them develop the skills they need to become a great head or principal. 

Ark currently has 31 schools across London, Birmingham, Hastings and Portsmouth (and we are always growing!) so when the time comes for you to move on, there are plenty of opportunities across the network.

3) See big names speak at the school

Walworth Academy was the site of the UK Government and UNESCO’s first ever ‘Girl Summit’, which saw David Cameron and Malala Yousafzai address audiences on some of the biggest issues facing women and girls worldwide. Over the last few years, we’ve had visits from senior Labour politician Harriet Harman, rapper Tynchy Stryder and the USA’s ambassador to Britain – who knows who you could meet as a staff member at Walworth?

4) You will be continually challenged and developed

We know that an excellent education means more than just great exam results. It means building scholars’ resilience and character, helping them to be ready for the world. We encourage scholars from different Ark schools to come together and enjoy a wide variety of enrichment events, and that means opportunities for teachers to participate as well.

We have spelling bees, debating contests, sports days and maths 'wrangles,' and it all culminates in the Ark Music Gala, a huge event held at a world famous venue where dozens of schools and hundreds of scholars perform pieces ranging from Adele to Beethoven. See it for yourself: 

5) Be part of something bigger

Walworth is part of the Ark network, a non-profit organisation that believes that every child should have the very best start in life, regardless of background, so when the time comes; they are able to go onto university on into the career of their choice.

Our approach is guided by our six pillars and it is working. Schools in the Ark network have achieved some of the best results in the country.

6) It's all about the kids. 

You probably guessed that this would be the final reason to become a teacher at an Ark school. But it's true. As Walworth Academy student Badewa says: “At Walworth, the teachers clearly state what they expect from you and stop at nothing to help you achieve that.”