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We are the four 11-18 comprehensive schools that make up the Rural Excellence Action Partnership. Our alliance is focused on improving educational experiences and outcomes for all, in our similar school communities. Our pupils come from towns and villages across the whole of rural West Cheshire, and represent the full range of abilities, educational needs, talents and aspirations. We share proven strengths in the core academic subjects, offer a broad and rich curriculum, and believe in the all-round development of every young person in our school community. Each school provides a full and varied programme of extra-curricular activities, clubs, enrichment and school trips and has excellent links with partner primary schools. Across our four schools, we already have a wealth of experience in successfully training teachers in a wide range of subjects, in partnership with the University of Chester. We assign you to mentors and coaches who are highly skilled and committed to working with you throughout your development as a teacher. You will join fully in the life of the school: • • • •

Be part of a supportive and high-performing team of subject specialists Experience learning beyond the classroom with trips and out-of-school activities Join a pastoral team and be involved in the life of a tutor group Learn together with our teaching staff on tailored professional development programmes.


School Direct places are offered in the English Baccalaureate subjects, where there is a strong track record of achievement across our 4 schools. •

Success for all in Mathematics and English is reflected in the achievement of all abilities at GCSE, and a higher than average proportion of students progressing to A level and to English or Mathematics-based University courses.

In Sciences, we offer a range of courses to suit the full ability range. High numbers of students take separate sciences at GCSE, with high standards of achievement. A high proportion of students progress through to A level and beyond to read science-based courses at University.

We offer high quality provision for the teaching of a range of languages at GCSE, including French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Latin, Greek, Japanese, from entry to A level; high calibre linguists progressing from A level success to University.

Geography and History are very popular and high-performing subjects, with almost all our pupils opting to taking one or both to GCSE and enjoying a varied programme of field trips and visits both abroad and in the UK.


You will be joining a supportive professional learning community where all teachers, new and experienced, continually review and develop their practice in the pursuit of excellence, through open dialogue with each other and with our pupils. All four schools have a culture of regular lesson observation by subject leaders. Peer observations are also well-developed and there is a commitment by teachers to sharing resources, feedback, planning and evaluation of strategies in order to enhance the quality of learning.

School Direct Lead

Name of School

Christleton High School

Bishop Heber High School

Neston High School

Tarporley High School

Motto

“Happy, Hardworking and Courteous”

“Ready to Accomplish”

“Together We Strive For Excellence”

“Excellence Through Partnership”

Number of Students

1300

1100

1700

1000

Number in Sixth Form

300

250

350

150

Specialism

Maths & Computing Business & Enterprise

Languages

Science Visual Arts

Maths & Computing Languages

Website

www.christletonhigh.co.uk

www.bishopheber.cheshire.sch.uk

www.nestonhigh.cheshire.sch.uk

www.tarporleyhigh.co.uk


SUBJECT

TOTALS

Mathematics

12

English

8

Science

6

History/Geography

6

Modern Foreign Languages

7

Christleton High School

Bishop Heber High School

University of Chester

Neston High School

Tarporley High School


You will become part of a shared programme which includes: •

• • • • •

Teaching and Learning Centres of Excellence based on each of the four schools developing leading teaching practice and extending action-based research in learning and teaching. Advanced Skills Teachers and experts in core academic and specialist subjects to develop innovative methodologies and enhance subject expertise. Joint provision of teacher training via team of trainers/professional tutors – trainees and trainers move between schools. Leadership development and deployment between schools. Primary-Secondary cross-phase teaching development to strengthen subject expertise, via Advanced Skills Teachers and specialist subjects. Opportunity for Masters and PhD study in Education.

Rt. Hon. Michael Gove MP, Secretary of State for Education, receiving Rural Excellence Project 2011


We seek to motivate you to enquire and challenge yourself prior to application. • • •

WHY DO I WANT TO TEACH? WHY DO I FEEL SCHOOL DIRECT IS THE RIGHT PATHWAY? WHY WOULD THE RURAL PARTNERSHIP AND THE UNIVERSITY OF CHESTER BE THE RIGHT PLACEMENT?

If you have any further questions, please email enquiries@christletonhigh.co.uk clearly marking your email “School Direct.” To complete an application, please refer to http://www.education.gov.uk/get-into-teaching/teacher-training-options/schoolbased-training/school-direct/applying.aspx


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