Carter Community School
“The ambition and high expectations shown by all school leaders, governors and the sponsor, ensure there is the capacity and drive for further improvements, so all pupils at Carter Community School may expect the best.”
Ofsted, February 2017
A member of the United Learning group of schools and academies since 2013, Carter Community School has spent the last four years being quietly transformed into an excellent local school, rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted in February 2017.
Serving the Hamworthy area of Bournemouth, the 11-16 school is the kind of place you can really make a mark for your career, with opportunities to be part of the school’s success from an early stage.
“Staff appreciate the value of regular professional training to develop high-quality practice. Teachers are keen to learn from other colleagues in the United Learning Group.”
Ofsted, February 2017
Under the leadership of Principal Sam Davidson, the school has undergone radical change and now, supported by Dame Sally Coates and United Learning, is embedding permanent improvement whilst making rapid progression. Summer 2016 saw the school record its best ever GCSE results since becoming an academy, with the Department for Education’s January 2017 league tables placing Carter in the top 15% of schools nationally for Progress 8.
As part of a cluster of United Learning schools in the Bournemouth area, Carter enjoys shared initiatives in sport, CPD and cross-curricular activities.
Situated close to the Jurassic Coast, the school also provides an opportunity to enjoy the quality of life this region affords, working as part of a close-knit team of teachers in what is a happy and quietly ambitious environment. The school has also recently benefited from a programme of improvements across the site, including refurbished dining room and assembly hall, new dance studio, refurbished gym and general improvements to the building and classrooms.
What do people say?
People often comment after their first visit to Carter Community School how distinctive the school is, how pioneering we are and yet also how our care and compassion clearly permeates all of our work in all the best ways. Imagine, then, how transformative that environment is for the children who study and grow into adults here. This also applies to our staff – we have a fantastic team, who are all very proud to be working at Carter Community School.
Everyone associated with Carter understands what it means to be part of this community and how to act as a power for good, as an agent of change and as a role model within their social group. We very much look forward to welcoming you to our family.
To deliver outstanding outcomes for young people, exceed expectations and be an aspirational hub for our community.
The United Learning core values were selected in consultation with United Learning students and staff across the country. The story of United learning values is reflective of our mission to put the young people we serve, at the heart of all we do. Carter is proud to be part of United Learning. Our ethos has built upon these 6 core values.
• "I joined Carter Community School as an NQT in 2003 and haven’t looked back! Being part of a close-knit and enthusiastic team is what really makes Carter the special place it is and I love working with like-minded individuals who all want the best for our students. Although we are a small school, we are part of a much larger organisation. United Learning provides excellent CPD opportunities, promotion within the academy chain and offers a support network that is second to none." - Miss C Symons - Head of English
• "I joined Carter Community School mainly because of the size. I wanted to feel part of a small community school and not lost in a huge school with thousands of students. I feel that here we are more able to build better relationships with the children and staff and there is a great atmosphere here to learn and work in. I really feel like part of a team and not only am I pushing my own expectations, I am also encouraging the children to exceed theirs." - Mrs I Gladki - Teaching Assistant
• What progression/career paths have you been offered? – "I have been fortunate to have completed a ILM level 4, ADFECTO in office administration and more recently I completed the CIPD level 5 in HR Management and am now an Associate CIPD member; I could not have done this without the support of Carter and United Learning. Most of my experiences has been gained from those around me, namely the Principal, Business Manager, teaching and support staff who all, in their own right, bring a wealth of different knowledge & experiences." - Mrs T Smith - HR Manager
• What are the benefits of being an employee of United Learning? – "Being part of a larger group to learn from each other and share experiences. Having central office support for the services we provide as a business and knowing you have the expert advice and support. I feel valued and supported in everything I do – this is a wonderful place to work” - Mrs T Smith - HR Manager
• "My Carter journey started in May 2011, when I was first employed as an invigilator.
I always wanted to be a teacher, but I left University without having any experience. I was employed as Teaching Assistant following on from my work as an Invigilator in September 2011, I saw this as a great opportunity to gain that experience to get myself onto a teacher training programme. There was one problem. I didn't want to leave Carter!
A year and a half into the role, I was offered a move to become a Cover Supervisor, giving me even more classroom experience which again would enable me to become a teacher. Another year and a half later, and more invaluable experience gained, I was offered a position on a training programme provided by Carter. This meant that I was able to train as the teacher I wanted to become; after gaining experience observing and working with fantastic staff, whilst also staying at the school that I had grown to love.
Since gaining my Qualified Teacher Status I have been provided with some fantastic training which has led to a TLR position involving the School's digital strategy. I have seen first-hand the changes that the school have been through, and I can't wait to see what's the future holds.
Carter has truly made me into a great teacher, and the amazing staff, fantastic students and developing facilities makes me want to stay even longer." - Mr D Elliot - English Teacher
"I started at Carter in February 2017 on a temporary basis; eventually accepting a permanent contract within the Administration team and working alongside the Business Manager with Public Relations.
The last 12 months my role has developed and I have been given more opportunities to expand the scope of my current job. I liaise with other schools, United Learning (UL) and parents. I have expanded my skill set through the support of the school and UL and feel my career is progressing well. There are areas I can develop and this is encouraged and supported by my manager.
Working at Carter is very rewarding. The school is supportive of all its staff and I feel valued. We all work extremely hard and at times it is challenging but we all work together to get the job done!" - Mrs V Elvy - Admin/PR Assistant
As part of United Learning we offer unrivalled career development opportunities and support to ensure you achieve your ambitions. For some of our roles, we can provide financial assistance if you need to relocate and if you’re based overseas we’ll help with the transition back to the UK. Furthermore, you could be eligible for health care cover and full or part funded CPD during your first year.
• A contributory pension scheme, relevant to your role (including access to Teacher and Local Government Schemes)
• Occupational sick pay
• Tailored Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through the United Learning Institute.
• Childcare vouchers
• Cycle to work scheme
• Computer (including TV) and mobile phone discounts
• Dining card
• Gym membership
• Health screening
• Health cashplan
• Retail savings
This school is committed to Safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff, governors and volunteers to share the same commitment
All posts are subject to an enhanced DBS clearance.
A contributory pension scheme, relevant to your role (including access to Teacher and Local Government Schemes);
Occupational sick pay;
Tailored Continuous Professional Development (CPD) through the United Learning Institute.
Cycle to work scheme
Computer (including TV) and mobile phone discounts
About United Learning
By joining Carter Community School you will also become part of United Learning - a unique group of independent and state schools working together to bring out the best in everyone. Our vision is to provide excellent education, which prepares young people to progress in learning and to make a success of their lives. United Learning focuses sharply on the evidence of what makes it more likely that young people will progress and succeed, apply that to classroom practice, allowing schools to continue to learn and develop. It is a priority to provide teachers with excellent professional support and development, so that every child receives an excellent experience.
The approach is underpinned by a sense of moral purpose and commitment to doing what is right for children and young people, supporting colleagues to achieve excellence and acting with integrity in all our dealings within and beyond the organisation, in the interests of young people everywhere.
The development programmes offer access to tailor-made training no matter your career stage, alongside unrivalled opportunities for your career development across both the maintained and independent sectors. The Performance and Development Reviews (PDR) encompass personal aspiration, impact on pupil achievement and identification of continuous professional development and training that is right for you and your future. For more information please visit our dedicated careers site.
Staff Training and Development at Carter
At Carter we pride ourselves in offering a wide range of training opportunities both in house, through our academy network and through external agencies. All staff new to the school will be provided with a new staff induction day at school and in Manchester (United Learning Induction Conference) as well as seminars throughout the year that help staff to feel confident on the processes and systems that we use at Carter.
As a new member of staff at Carter you will join a PEG (Professional Evaluation Group) which consists of three members of staff from different department areas and throughout the year you will work with this group to help support one another to improve different aspects of your teaching and learning. In the past, PEG groups have planned and team taught lessons together, filmed and analysed each other’s practice and co-written resources to be used based on good practice they have seen in their subject area. Three times a year, two PEG groups join together to share good practice with one another. In the 2016-17 staff survey one of the major positives of the school was the sharing of good practice and the CPD opportunities on offer.
Most academic years we disaggregate at least one of the INSET days to allow staff the opportunity to select training that is most appropriate to them. These sessions run after school and any member of staff can attend them. A range of staff present our twilight sessions and topics have included ‘Effective Marking and Feedback’, ‘Independent Learning Strategies’, and ‘How to improve the teaching of EAL students’. In 2015-16 the twilight sessions were based around Doug Lemov’s ‘Teach Like a Champion’ book and throughout 2016-17 we have been refining some of these techniques. In all twilight sessions we expect staff to have gained new ideas or tools to help enhance their own teaching and learning.
If you are a newly qualified teacher joining us at Carter you will have a formal induction programme and a subject mentor who will observe and support you. In 2016-17 we joined the Poole Schools Teaching Alliance for the assessment part of this process. We run a number of training and support sessions at Carter as part of the Induction Programme. Throughout the year this induction programme covers a variety of subject matter from ‘Organisation in your first term’, to ‘Preparing for your first parents evening’ to ‘effective questioning’ and ‘Reviewing your practice’. In a recent review NQTs praised the induction programme and felt that the school had made the transition from trainee to NQT an easy one.
RQT Programme – Recently Qualified Teacher Programme
At Carter we have developed a training programme for staff in their second year of teaching to build on the NQT year. The RQT programme delves deeper into areas such as ‘Having a Growth Mindset’, ‘Working with outside agencies’, ‘Leading School Trips’, ‘Leading a Department’ and RQTs will also work together to plan and run a training session for the NQTs.
Middle Leadership Development
If you are joining us as a new middle leader you will have many opportunities to focus on your leadership development. We currently run a United Learning Middle Leadership programme at school where middle leaders spend time reflecting on areas of leadership such as ‘Creating a climate for excellence’, ‘Improving teaching and learning’, and ‘handling difficult conversations’. These sessions support middle leaders with the theory behind many of the ‘tasks’ they will undertake in their role. Middle Leaders will also have the opportunity to attend a United Learning residential where a 360 evaluation takes place to help new middle leaders identify their strengths and areas for development.