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The John Wallis Church of England Academy, which opened in September 2010, is a leading Academy in Ashford, Kent. In 2011 we opened our new Sixth Form and in 2012 a neighbouring Primary School became part of our 3-19 Academy. We are passionate in our belief that every child and young person should have the opportunity to realise their full potential; to be encouraged to raise their aspirations; and to have the opportunity to learn in an environment that is safe, inspired and guided by the key Christian values of respect, truth, trust, integrity and love.
  • Ofsted reported that there is an “unstinting focus on driving standards to ensure that progress is both rapid and sustainable”.
  • Our £8.6m building programme was completed in September 2014 and staff and students now have the opportunity to work, learn and develop in new state of the art buildings. These facilities will have an impact on raising standards and supporting us in our journey from being a “Good” school (Ofsted 2014) to becoming an outstanding school.
  • In August 2017 works commenced on our new 2FE Primary Building with Nursery, which will be opened in Autumn 2018 to make an all through 0-19 campus.
In 2014 our Academy was the top non-selective school in Kent for value-added in GCSE performance. In the National GCSE league tables we were 7th in the country out of similar schools.

NQT Training programme:

“Outstanding” Newly Qualified Teacher and Trainee Teacher Programme (Kent County Council NQT Induction Team January 2015)

 Our Trainee Teacher & NQT programme is proud to offer bespoke training, support and guidance for every teacher that is training, or newly qualified into teaching. There is a comprehensive system of mentoring that works in conjunction with direct support offered by the Senior Leadership Team as well as weekly training that covers a whole host of topics to help teachers develop further. New members of staff comment frequently on how well they feel supported. The Academy enables trainee teachers and NQTs to make good progress during their first year of teaching with many becoming outstanding classroom practitioners. NQTs also enjoy making valuable contributions to the wider Academy community and relish the opportunity to build relationships with our pupils and students through extra-curricular provision which is often led by an NQT.

Induction Summary (KCC January 2015): “The school has an excellent induction/CPD programme for NQTs. This should be held up as an example of good practice for other schools. The CPD programme is bespoke to each cohort of NQTs and takes into account the needs of each individual NQT. It is responsive to the way in which their needs change across the academic year. The induction tutor, Alison Monkley, has put a wide variety of strategies in place to monitor and support all of the NQTs throughout their induction.  All staff involved in induction receive training and support to enable them to carry out this role effectively. Mr McParland is closely involved in the NQTs induction year and the NQTs report that he and the school’s SLT are readily accessible for support and advice.”

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