We have established the Durrington Multi Academy Trust (DMAT) and Durrington High School is the lead school within our Trust, having converted to an Academy 1 April 2014. We wish to further develop links with all providers of Further and Higher education, employers and the local community.
As a successful and thriving school we were asked to expand by West Sussex and welcomed year 7 for the first time in 2015. This resulted in significant investment and enhanced facilities on our site to accommodate this new year group. At Durrington High School we expect all of our students to be active participants in a high quality learning experience, through lessons and enrichment activities. In order to allow teachers to focus their time, efforts and energy on this, we have put the following in place:
We have six evidence informed pedagogical principles, that we think are important for great teaching, but how you implement them in your classroom is down to you. If it gets great outcomes for our students, then its great teaching; we are not prescriptive as to how this is achieved.
We take a pragmatic approach to feedback (in terms of feedback on student work e.g. marking). We don’t expect every piece of work to be marked every two weeks – this is not manageable or particularly useful for the teacher or student. Each subject area has defined what type of feedback is expected, where and when, based on what works in that subject.
Student reports do not contain lengthy sections of prose. They simply have a grade for effort homework and progress.
We made the decision not to grade individual lessons before the Ofsted announcement. Lesson observations are followed on a professional developmental dialogue.
We have a huge variety of teacher led CPD activities happening across the school that will allow you to engage at a level that suits your needs.
Our NQT induction programme and appraisal programme is based on professional growth and support. Furthermore, second year teachers (RQTs) have the option of following a part funded school based master’s programme.
You will be working alongside people who are at the forefront of educational development, nationally and to an increasing degree, internationally. This applies to many aspects of our work e.g. research and development, Pupil Premium Leadership and Assessment Without Levels.