Bicester Learning Academy is a multi-academy trust currently comprising The Cooper School and Glory Farm Primary School. The ambitions for the schools are high: that we should provide to all our students a first-class and improving education that enables them, in all aspects of their lives, to make the progress and achieve the standards that reflect their full ability. Irrespective of background, all learners have access to a rich and diverse range of opportunities, matched to their aspirations and interests. They are encouraged to explore, lead, collaborate and communicate.
Situated on the north side of Bicester. In the last decade, The Academy and its schools have embraced change to grow, adapt and integrate with an evolving economy and society.
Like Bicester itself, The BLA schools have grown considerably over the last ten years and there are currently 2000+ students on roll. The expansion and improvement of resources complement the existing facilities. At The Cooper School we have our bespoke Performance Hall, Sports Hall, all weather pitches, ICT suites, Chromebook and tablet provision, projectors (including a number that are 3D capable) in every classroom and a state of the art Television Studio. Our student /computer ratio us an enviable 1.3.1 and together with our cloud technologies, allows us to continually expand the uses and benefits of our digital learning strategies beyond the classroom. At Glory Farm Primary School, we have our Millennium room, which is a highly equipped and bespoke ICT teaching space, our two gathering halls with AV provision for presentations and events.
Being part of the Bicester Learning Academy allows for our facilities and resources to be accessed right across the organisation. We are a GSuite for Education, Google Reference Site which further supports our ability to collaborate, to communicate and to offer the very best technology right across our academy.
The Bicester Learning Academy never loses sight of its core task, which is providing the best possible education for each and every student. Our most valuable resource continues to be our well qualified, committed and experienced staff, whose daily responsibility is to ensure that all students have the high quality teaching and caring pastoral support they need to reach their full potential as individuals and as members of society.
It is not only the students who are an integral part of the Bicester Learning Academy. Every member of our organisation is valued, proud and dedicated. We are working in a thriving environment where every day offers something special and celebrates the passions and dreams of the individual. We have a strong and diverse team of people whose dedication and motivation are key to our success where dedication is nurtured, recognised and rewarded. A majority of our Heads of Department and Senior Leadership team have risen through the organisation. Sharing good practice across our whole organisation is an expectation and every member is valued and supported, both professionally and personally.
We pride ourselves on our supportive and encouraging Senior Leadership Team who prioritise staff and value every individual.
Applications are invited from talented and impassioned individuals. Individuals who who align with our values of aspiration, achievement, care and resilience. In return, we offer a firm commitment to professional development.
The Academy is committed to meeting the needs of our growing community. Being centrally located, we have excellent transport links, meaning that our staff are easily able to reach us from a wide area. We are able to facilitate the changing requirements of a community that is expanding rapidly, offering great and exciting opportunities for everyone who becomes a part of the Bicester Learning Academy.
If you are interested in becoming part of our team, building on our successes and joining us on our exciting journey to Outstanding, then please look at the opportunities we have
Our recent Ofsted Inspection (June 2017) wrote about the leadership of the school:
“You are driven by a desire to raise the aspirations of all students and have maintained and developed the culture of school improvement…..” and that this has resulted in…"a caring, nurturing and inclusive ethos that permeated the school. Inspectors were impressed by the calm and purposeful atmosphere and the strong relationships that exist between staff and students and among students themselves.”
Our Culture (Our Enduring Traits) is where:
- our students care about the safety of themselves and each other;
- we have a curriculum for all Key Stage and Years that is varied, complex, challenging and deep;
- we work together with other organisations and agencies in a true spirit of partnership resulting in all students, irrespective of background, have access to a rich and diverse range of opportunities matched to their aspirations and interests which enables them to explore, lead, collaborate and communicate outside the core curriculum and the school day;
- we are proactive in evaluating, refining and evolving our systems and structures to meets the needs of the school at any given time for example restructuring the AEN department to improve the provision for groups of students, including the creation of HLTAs with designated roles both in departments and by student need (Autism, Hearing impaired, Global learning etc.)
The Mission Statement of the school is: - ‘Dream big, Work hard, be kind’’. What this means in essence is that, as a school community, we strive to ensure that every student not only has the right to ‘do’ well at school – but, as importantly, to ‘be well’.
It is a school where we have created a climate so that visitors to the school consistently comment on how calm and purposeful the atmosphere is in lessons and around the school site where students are happily engaged with their learning.
Bicester is a historic market town and one of the fastest growing towns in the UK. Offering excellent opportunity, transport links and sustainable living with no sign of investment slowing, Bicester is an exciting place to work, to live and to learn. Whether you are just starting your career or looking to enhance an already established career in teaching, the Bicester Learning Academy provide a stimulating environment in a diverse, vibrant and flourishing town.
Recently awarded ‘Garden City’ status and being just one hour from London, twenty minutes from Oxford and under an hour from Birmingham, Bicester is ideally and centrally situated. The town sits on Junction 9 of the M40 motorway, linking it to Birmingham, Banbury and London. Bicester has two train stations, Bicester North and Bicester Village. Trains run frequently to Birmingham, Banbury, Oxford and London. In addition, it has good road links to Oxford, Kidlington, Brackley, Buckingham, Aylesbury, Witney and Milton Keynes, which amongst others are easily commutable.
Investment in the town is extensive and due to continue for the foreseeable future with more houses, accompanying infrastructure, facilities and schools being planned and built. Bicester is also home to the world famous Bicester Village designer outlet shopping centre, also supporting further growth and bringing notoriety, diversity and further investment to the town. The town centre has much to offer without losing its historic, 16th century roots. A family orientated town, on the outskirts it offers a brand new, state of the art Sports Village, Bicester Village designer outlet, hotels, restaurants and recycling facilities. In the centre of town you will find a variety of shops, the leisure centre, parks, cinema, pubs, clubs and restaurants.
Commuting by Train
Bicester is commutable, by train, from: Banbury, Leamington Spa, Warwick, Birmingham, Thame Parkway, Prices Risborough, High Wycombe, London Marylebone, amongst others.
The journey time between Bicester North and London Marylebone is between 43 minutes and 1 hour 5 minutes. On an average weekday, there are trains roughly every half hour per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.
The average journey time between Bicester and Oxford is 16 minutes. Trains run roughly every half hour. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.
The average journey time between Bicester North and Banbury is 17 minutes . Trains run roughly every half an hour between Bicester and Banbury. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays.
Commuting by Bus
The bus service runs (every 15 minutes) between Bicester and Oxford (stopping at Kidlington and other villages), during the week.
Bicester – Gosford (Kidlington) – Oxford
There are also bus services that run twice during the hour from Bicester, stopping at: Buckingham, and Milton Keynes and various stops between.
Commuting by car
Bicester is situated off of Junction 9 of the M40. It also has excellent road links from the surrounding villages, Oxford, Banbury, Kidlington, Brackley, Buckingham and Milton Keynes, amongst other places. Oxfordshire is part of the UK car share network ‘Liftshare’, which is used by many travelling to Bicester on a daily basis.
TEACHING POSITIONS AT THE BICESTER LEARNING ACADEMY
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Can’t find anything suitable? You can still apply. A speculative application is always worthwhile at The Bicester Learning Academy. Even if we are not currently offering any positions that match your career or requirements, we would be happy to hear from you. Your application will be treated in the strictest confidence. Please send a covering letter, detailing your area of interest and send, along with your current C.V. to firstname.lastname@example.org