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Staff Development Philosophy at Wednesbury Oak Academy


At Wednesbury Oak Academy not only do we recognise the importance of developing our children so that they can fulfil their potential; we have the same aim for our staff. Identifying and nurturing staff talents is exceptionally important to our Principal and Trustees and we have an enviable record for developing staff at all levels of their career and in all roles across the Academy.


Promotions are regularly achieved both within and external to the Academy which makes Wednesbury Oak a vibrant and exciting place to work with fantastic development opportunities for staff.


We are fortunate enough to receive quality applications for our advertised vacancies and we regularly recruit NQTs to train as future leaders. We effectively utilise TLR3 payments to provide our less experienced staff and support staff with their first leadership opportunities.


Recent External Promotions

In recent years the Academy has helped to develop 2 Headteachers, 1 Deputy Head Teacher, 2 Assistant Head Teachers and a number of Phase Leaders, all of whom have been snapped up by other schools with most achieving success with just one interview!


Recent Internal Promotions


Mrs T Grieh – Assistant Vice Principal to Principal

Mrs J Griffiths – Subject Leader to Assistant Vice Principal

Miss N Patel – NQT to Subject Leader

Mrs S Ward – Teacher to Multiple Subject and Year Group Leader

Mrs N Eaton – HLTA to Teacher

Mrs Steadman – NQT to Subject Leader and Year Group Leader

Mrs A Warburton – Subject Leader to Subject and Year Group Leader

Mr P Croft – HLTA to Teacher

Miss S Laudyr – Teacher to Area & Year Group Leader


Support Staff

Mrs N Wooldridge – Lunchtime Supervisor to Attendance Officer

Mrs B Williams – Lunchtime Principal to Parental Support Advisor

Mrs J Plant – Lunchtime Supervisor to Learning Support Practitioner

Mrs K Finney – Learning Support Assistant to Learning Support Practitioner

Miss S Dean – Learning Support Practitioner to HLTA

Mr A Smith – ICT Technician to Network Manager

Mrs K Rolls-Williams – Learning Support Practitioner to HLTA

Miss R Walls – Learning Support Practitioner to HLTA



Site Team

Mrs L Raftery – Cleaner to Assistant Site Manager

We have also trained a number of HLTAs and Learning Support Practitioners, 10 level 2 Forest School Practitioners and 5 Level 3 Practitioners in recent years.

Infact, all staff are provided with access to quality training courses, as appropriate to their roles and their talents.


NQT Development

  • Dedicated NQT time, without exception
  • Access to Sandwell LAs NQT programme
  • Dedicated Tutor
  • PPA with partner teacher and support staff
  • NQT Programme including coaching from outstanding staff members
  • Access to quality CPD with Mr B Thompson, School Consultant
  • Access to outstanding staff colleagues
  • From Y2 of your career, leadership roles explored and developed for those teachers who require/desire this development


Leadership Development

  • Regular, dedicated L & M Time provided through the appointment of quality cover staff, employed by the Academy
  • Access to leadership courses as required
  • Liaison with other quality practitioners across Tipton, an area where all primary education has been judged at least ‘good’.
  • Access to quality CDP with Mr B Thompson, School Consultant
  • Opportunity to ‘shadow’ effective leaders within school to develop own leadership skills


If you would like to enhance your career prospects by joining our Academy then please view our Vacancy Page to see a list of our current opportunities.

Job Vacancies: 



Permanent Part Time Cleaners Required

5 hours per week

4 – 5 pm Monday - Friday

Grade A £17,711 - £18,426 (pro rata)


We wish to appoint 2 hard working, committed cleaners, to work on a daily basis 4 – 5 pm

No previous experience necessary as full training will be provided.

Applications are available and returnable by email to

Closing date; Thursday 11th July. 2019 @ 9 am

Wednesbury Oak Academy  is committed to safeguarding and an enhanced DBS is required for this role.


Sports Coach Required

24 hours per week

Term Time plus 1 day

Grade D £20,344 - £23,836 (pro rata)


We wish to appoint a Sports Coach to deliver high quality and innovative sports lessons to all phases across our Academy to include lunchtime and after school provision.

Job Description and Personnel Specification together with an application form are available from our Website or by emailing

Applications should be returned by email to

Closing date; Thursday 11th July. 2019 @ 9 am

Wednesbury Oak Academy  is committed to safeguarding and an enhanced DBS is required for this role.



Position 1: Temporary Part Time Learning Support Assistant – level 2, 27 hrs per week

Term Time only, (Hours TBC), until 31.08.2020.


Position 2: Temporary Part Time Learning Support Assistant – level 2, 25 hrs per week 

Term Time only, (Hours TBC), until 31.03.2020.


Band B, SCP 2-4 (£17,711-£18,426) pro rata (£9.18 - £9.55 per hour)

Starting salary based on previous experience


The school Principal and Governors wish to appoint two temporary LSAs, Level 2 to join our dedicated and supportive team starting on 03.09.2019.


We’re looking for enthusiastic and motivated individuals with plenty of common sense who can ably support children with substantial special educational needs and require one-to-one support with Early Years and Key Stage 1.


A minimum of a level 2 childcare qualification is required for this role. Recent experience of working with children to support the delivery of the National Curriculum in a classroom environment is essential for the role.  Previous experience of supporting SEN children is also desirable, although full training will be provided, as necessary.


Application forms are available by;


Telephoning the school office on 0121 556 3387.


Please return completed applications to; or by post, marked for the attention of Mrs Debbie Southall.


The Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of vulnerable groups including children, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. An enhanced DBS clearance is required for this role.


Closing Date: Wednesday 10th July 2019 @ 12 noon.

Interview Date: Week commencing 15th July 2019.