Clubs and Activities
Our ECA provision for Term 2 is starting on Monday. This term we have been able to meet the needs of every student who applied for every activity – a staggering 100% success rate.
We now allocate staffing for each club according to the demand from students rather than limiting numbers at the start of the process. This has meant that over 1,500 activities have been allocated across the Primary age range this term for EVERY WEEK! A monumental task that’s success is down to the CHQ software system and excellent organisational skills of Vic Cropper our ECA coordinator and Rani in the office who manages all of the administration. In addition to the success of the ECA programme, the last week has seen all of our trials taking place for our sporting plans for the term ahead. Success criteria were planned by the PE team, these were shared with the students and then their performance against these criteria was assessed through trials held both during and after the school day. This has led to greater transparency to the process which allows students to truly understand what they need to do to improve moving forwards as well as allowing the PE and sport department to track progress of students’ year on year.
As you read this Roger, Val and I will be preparing to fly to the UK for this year’s round of recruitment. Finding the right teachers to work in the school is one of the most important roles that we have as the Academic Executive Leadership Team and we take the process very seriously.
This year, over 300 applications have been received from teachers hoping to join the Primary Campus. Every application letter and Curriculum Vitae is carefully considered against the shortlisting criteria agreed for each position advertised. We aim to interview the top 3 to 4 candidates for each of the posts and use a variety of competency based questions and information gathering questions/tasks during interviews. References are checked and safer recruitment practices (statutory in the UK) are applied to ensure that only the very best applicants are considered for each vacancy. Regional interviews have already been completed over last weekend and UK candidates are compared with internationally experienced candidates to ensure that we have the best possible blend of UK rigour and up-to-date knowledge with seasoned international knowledge and expertise.
Once the top candidates have been identified, the complex task of building each year group begins, this involves maintaining year group knowledge and curriculum experience while also introducing new staff who bring a fresh perspective, innovative ideas and excitement for a new challenge. We always consult our existing staff about whether they would like to remain in the year group they are in or are keen to face a new challenge by moving to a new year group, Key Stage or phase in the school. In addition, any positions of responsibility are also advertised internally in the first instance so that we can invest in our existing staff members and help them progress their careers further while at Alice Smith.
The process is thorough and rigorous and allows us to find the best staff for your children. It also reignites the passion we have for Alice Smith by allowing us to see the school through the eyes of our applicants; a very privileged position to be in.
Principal Primary Campus