The Iffley Academy is a very special school. All of our students enjoy coming to school, and have a strong identity within our community. Some students start with us with low self-esteem, a poor self-image and few aspirations for the future. Our students get to know themselves and just what they have to offer when they join our academy. Not only do they make substantial progress in their academic achievements, but they grow in confidence and self-worth and acquire the real life and independence skills they need to go on and do well in the future.
The academy has a very positive and respectful ethos which ensures that the working environment is safe and supportive, with clear and predictable routines and the highest expectations for behaviour. Policies and procedures are in place to provide guidance on managing the behaviour of students, which is generally very good. With many of our students having Social, Emotional and Mental Health (SEMH) as their primary special need and requiring highly individual behaviour plans to support them, this is a real achievement and testimony to the strengths of the whole school community.
Our highly professional team of over 50 teachers and support staff are dedicated to achieving the highest standards in all areas of the curriculum. Staff have a genuine respect and affection for the young people in our care and go beyond the call of duty in their efforts to support them.
All recruitment processes follow the guidance required of schools, “Safer Recruitment”. Once appointed, all staff receive an individual induction and training programme to help them settle into their new post.
An emphasis is placed on the welfare of staff, and a team of staff work with the Senior Leadership Team to promote initiatives which support staff wellbeing.
We are keen to promote Continuing Professional Development and the academy has a budget allocated to ensure that training opportunities, including external and internal training, mentoring and funded independent study, are available to staff.
Staff meet as a group every morning at 8.30am to share news and issues, and a weekly staff meeting takes place on a Tuesday after school.
Please don’t hesitate to get in touch if you would like to look round our academy before applying for a post – you are guaranteed a warm welcome.