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Our Teachers who have trained at Warden Park

How long have you been at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

I am currently in my 5th year here as a qualified teacher.

What is your role at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Science Teacher, House Coordinator, and PGCE mentor

What do you remember about how you were supported by the mentoring and induction programme at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

The induction programme was really useful because I was worried I'd struggle to learn the school policies e.g. behaviour. I think each of the induction session topics came at just the right time, as I was starting to think about how I was going to apply these to my teaching. I felt really supported by my mentor, and left Warden Park to go to my second placement feeling confident enough in my new skills to apply them in an unfamiliar school.

Why should someone choose to train to be a teacher at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

This is a school where any member of staff you meet is eager to help and support you in any way they can. The students we have are friendly and polite, and will usually thank you for the lesson as they leave the classroom. We are always encouraged to try new things in our lessons, even if we aren't sure they will be successful, which I think is especially important if you are just starting out.

How long have you been at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

5 years.

What is your role at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Joint Head of English

What do you remember about how you were supported by the mentoring and induction programme at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Mandy gave weekly sessions for trainees and supported my cohort through CPD. The English department were very warm and had an open door policy for me to pop into lessons whenever I felt it would benefit me. As a salaried trainee, I had less observed lessons as I had my own TT and classes that I was solely responsible for which made me far better at understanding assessment, marking and data earlier in my training than some of my peers.

As an NQT I was encouraged to apply for House Coordinator and successfully applied for Kindness Coordinator which gave me a whole school perspective which was very beneficial to an early years teacher.

I have constantly been encouraged by SLT to go beyond what I think I am capable of. My team in English have been exceptionally supportive and we constantly share resources and T+L strategies to develop our own classroom teaching.

Why should someone choose to train to be a teacher at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

The school allows you to really focus on your classroom teaching and is a research based approach to teaching. The experience at the school is diverse and each department is open to trainees from across the school observing and discussing teaching practice.

How long have you been at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

8 years (Trained Sept - Dec 2013, started teaching post Sept 2014)

What is your role at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

PE Teacher, Head of Year

What do you remember about how you were supported by the mentoring and induction programme at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Regular meetings, weekly mentoring/ induction sessions with a variety of staff and the school systems. Highlighting areas to improve and supporting me in improving those areas. A very supportive department.

Why should someone choose to train to be a teacher at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

This is a fantastic school, with hard working students who have many opportunities. There is a hugely supportive induction team as well as a supportive staff body as a whole. From a curriculum point of view, there are lots of opportunities to immerse yourself in the daily life of a teacher, as well as supporting extra curricular opportunities. I would 100% recommend training at Warden Park Academy for any individual looking to start a career in teaching.

How long have you been at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

4 years

What is your role at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Science teacher and Deputy Head of Year 7

What do you remember about how you were supported by the mentoring and induction programme at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Whilst training, we were offered a weekly programme with a bespoke schedule that covered both different pedagogy styles and school specific initiatives.

Why should someone choose to train to be a teacher at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

As a Science teacher, the department were so welcoming and had a range of experienced teachers with different specialisms. The school offers opportunities for professional development with a focus on your own goals and objectives. The pastoral teams are supportive of each student in their designated year group and motivate the students to achieve their best outcomes. Warden Park has a welcoming and positive atmosphere and I am honored to be a part of it.

How long have you been at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

3 years

What is your role at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Science teacher

What do you remember about how you were supported by the mentoring and induction programme at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

I felt comfortable in the school very early on in my training, with my mentor providing help whenever I needed and always feeling like I could contact my professional tutor with any concerns. The induction programme covered many aspects of my role as a classroom teacher, including teaching strategies, behaviour management and adaptive teaching whilst also covering pastoral aspects, such as my role as a tutor and communication with parents.

Why should someone choose to train to be a teacher at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

I felt comfortable in the school very early on in my training, with my mentor providing help whenever I needed and always feeling like I could contact my professional tutor with any concerns. The induction programme covered many aspects of my role as a classroom teacher, including teaching strategies, behaviour management and adaptive teaching whilst also covering pastoral aspects, such as my role as a tutor and communication with parents.

How long have you been at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

16 months (2020)

What is your role at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

History Teacher, Year 8 Tutor + Cover Supervisor

What do you remember about how you were supported by the mentoring and induction programme at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

I received fantastic support throughout my training year and into my year as an ECT. I was fortunate enough to have two mentors within the History department who were massively supportive and helpful in terms of lesson feedback and advice. They were always available for help whenever it was needed, which is also true of other members in the department and in the school more widely. The induction programme led by Mandy Bell was a great way to be further embedded into the school as well as a means of picking up 'good practice' from the weekly sessions, which often included input from experienced members of staff around the school.

Why should someone choose to train to be a teacher at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Warden Park is a school where you will feel supported every step of the way through the training process and beyond. This support comes not only from the mentors and induction staff assigned to you, but from members of staff in every part of the school. You can stop and chat with any colleagues you meet to get advice and useful nuggets of information. You are also encouraged to be brave with your classroom practice in order to find what works for you, without the fear of what happens if things 'go wrong'. It is a safe space to begin your teaching journey.

How long have you been at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

3 years

What is your role at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

MFL Teacher

What do you remember about how you were supported by the mentoring and induction programme at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

I found the programme to be really comprehensive and a perfect compliment to the PGCE course at Sussex. The mentoring (both professional and subject) were simply outstanding as was, and is, the support and encouragement I get from the department and the school as a whole. Everyone at WP from Senior leadership to fellow trainees are invested in your individual success and how this feeds into the success of the school itself.

Why should someone choose to train to be a teacher at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Support, expertise, excellence and inspiration from your fellow staff, and daily inspiration from the students; the classrooms have a happy buzz about them that I have yet to see elsewhere.

How long have you been at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

I have worked at Warden Park for 6 months since my training year.

What is your role at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

I am a Science teacher.

What do you remember about how you were supported by the mentoring and induction programme at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

The mentoring and induction programme at Warden Park was incredibly supportive. The mentoring programme was tailored to me and my mentor ensured that the speed in which aspects of my teaching were introduced was based on what I was able to do and comfortable in doing. My weekly meetings with my mentor allowed us to discuss areas that I wanted to work on as well as what my mentor had noticed needed improvement giving me scope to take some ownership on what I felt I was struggling with. The feedback and advice I received proved invaluable over my training year and in the time since I have started working for the school. The induction programme meant I was able to receive weekly school based training from a huge variety of staff around the school. The induction programme was run for a mixture of trainees and NQTs which meant we were able to share experiences and I was able to hear from those who had also only recently gone through the training experience.

Why should someone choose to train to be a teacher at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Warden Park is an incredibly supportive school to train in full of teachers with a huge amount of experience. The mentors and professional tutors are wonderful and work so closely with you throughout the year to ensure that you can get the most out of your training. The students at Warden Park are enthusiastic and keen to further their learning. This makes your training year feel that much more rewarding. .

How long have you been at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

2 years

What is your role at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Teacher

What do you remember about how you were supported by the mentoring and induction programme at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

Weekly professional training sessions ran by the school really helped to support me during my learning journey and perfectly compliment the University course I was on. They were an opportunity to share experiences of the week, develop ideas and to be taught about the various aspects of teaching from dedicated professionals who I am now delighted to call my colleagues. The support offered was also weaved throughout my time training here at Warden Park, particularly from my mentors who were with me every step of the way to offer valuable advice on how I could improve and develop my own teaching style to produce the best possible outcomes for my students.

Why should someone choose to train to be a teacher at Warden Park Secondary Academy?

If you want to feel that someone has got your back throughout your time in teacher training then Warden Park is definitely for you. The programs in place, the support from your mentors/colleagues and the focus on professional development as a whole throughout the school is exceptional. Teacher training is certainly tough and so is being a teacher. However, by working as a team everyone at Warden Park just wants you to succeed and will be with you all the way to make sure that you have everything you need to make that happen. I am so glad that I chose Warden Park to do my teacher training and I hope that you do too!!

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School Direct (SD) and PGCE at Warden Park Secondary Academy

As in previous years we will be offering school direct places at Warden Park Secondary Academy and we also expect to be able to host PGCE trainees from September 2022.
Our School Direct partners are the BOSCO Teaching School alliance and the University of Sussex. With School Direct prospective trainees apply to the school they would like to train in and that school then considers (along with the University) their application. If successful this leads to a SD place on the PGCE. As the host school and therefore main placement is known in advance there will be opportunities for the trainee to engage with and form a relationship with that school ahead of their training e.g. attending September INSET days.
To apply for SD please follow the link above to the BOSCO site. If you have any questions about School Direct then please contact Nigel Regan nregan@wardenpark.co.uk
The SCITT route described on these pages is an alternative to School Direct and PGCE that we are also offering from September 2022. 
We are always interested to hear from anyone in our local communities who is considering a career in Teaching.
This includes those who have recently graduated, returners and career changers. There is a wealth of information on our website about teacher training and we have recently added a link to NOWTEACH which is an organsiation that specifically supports career changers who want to teach.

USEFUL CONTACTS:

If you would prefer a shorter informal visit or conversation in the first instance, then please contact:

nregan@wardenpark.co.uk. Nigel Regan Assistant Headteacher Warden Park Secondary Academy

steve.davis@wardenparkprimary.co.uk Steve Davis Headteacher Warden Park Primary Academy

msears@northlandswood.co.uk Mark Sears Headteacher Northlands Wood Primary Academy

USEFUL RESOURCES AND AN INVITATION TO VISIT OUR SCHOOLS. 

The Get into Teaching website offers lots of very useful advice, gives information about recruitment events and offers potential applicants access to an advisor.

Book here for Get into Teaching events. 

You can also book a whole day School Experience visit to Warden Park Secondary Academy through the Get School experience siteThis service is not available for Primary Schools but you can contact our Primary Academies to arrange an informal visit.  Please refer to useful contacts section at the top of this page.

postgraduate teacher training courses

You can find details of postgraduate teacher training courses here and to locate those run by Sussex Learning Trust schools then search using the postcode RH17 5DP.