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Staff morale is high. (Ofsted November 2017)
Working at Wexham
Wexham School was awarded the NFER Research Mark in July 2015 following a significant cultural shift to create a vibrant research ethos that is widespread across the school. The school offers a range of research activity involving the great majority of staff and a genuine sense of enthusiasm and passion for enquiry.
Our staff take part in programmes of professional development such as NPQML and NPQSL. A number of staff are also supported by the school with a Master’s in Education. A partnership with many higher education providers supports this process.
We have developed an extensive and personalised CPD/JPD programme with an emphasis on sharing good practice. It is very rare that our INSET days consist of the whole staff being talked at for extensive periods of times! Instead, we use these days to specifically provide training opportunities to selected staff whilst a majority use their time to continue their research and update practice as a trusted and committed professional. To support this all staff are provided CPD time as part of their timetable in addition to their PPA time.
ECTs, ITT and staff on assessment routes are fully supported as they work towards QTS. Our links with Brunel University’s Teacher Training Department are well developed and assist this process. All staff have generous non-contact time in order for them to be developed and further benefit from mentors and coaches.
We share good practice continuously. Morning briefing is primarily used for this purpose. An open door policy around the school means anyone can observe at any time due to our collaborative and supportive approach. Wexham staff have led on CPD outside the school at various events, including PiXL, Local Authority Conferences and at Higher Education providers.
All staff are provided with a laptop. We have a well-resourced site which is located on the edge of Slough making it a peaceful and green place to work.
Most importantly our staff are friendly, welcoming and encouraging and this is reflected in the children who are fantastic to teach and support as we do everything we can to provide them with the best opportunities and inspiration to be successful.
Staff speak of the high level of trust being placed in them by Senior Leaders, and they say this motivates them to do their very best. (Tony Billings, School Effectiveness Officer, February 2021)
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