We like to hear from recent graduates or career changers interested in getting into teaching. We have a well-trodden path that has set a number of people up for success in their careers since we opened in 2012, which leads to QTS and which can be obtained in the school.
Our Teacher Training Pathway
In a short period of time Reach Academy has developed an excellent reputation for developing excellent teachers in Secondary and Primary. We have a relationship with Ark Schools and are currently the only non-Ark school to be part of their Teacher Training programme. Candidates interested in training at Reach Academy should apply directly to Ark and mention Reach in their application form.
Tutor Fellow Roles – A Great Way In
We have four years experience of graduates joining us in Primary and Secondary as Tutor Fellows and developing the skills and expertise to enable them to be successful in their training year. This is a great pathway for graduates who are not certain that they want to teach and want to learn more about the role before committing to a training year.
We have had Tutor Fellows stay on to train and develop their career at Reach (see Christina and Tyler below) and others go on to PGCEs at the Institute of Education and Manchester University, School’s Direct Programmes elsewhere and into the Teach First programme.
We are always interested in hearing from graduates interested in getting into teaching. Come and visit the school and explore a role with us – it could be a Tutor Fellow role or going onto our School’s Direct Programme. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a visit or informal conversation.
In September 2015, Christina Sparks became the Reception Head of Year. Christina joined Reach as a Tutor Fellow in 2012 after a year working in the Financial Service Industry. In 2013 she joined the Ark Teacher Training Programme and this year has seen her class in Reception make excellent progress. She provides an example of the excellent career progression available to those training to teach at Reach.
“I joined Reach Academy as a Tutor Fellow in 2013 having graduated from the University of Southampton. I supported pupils in Maths and Science and it confirmed that I wanted to become a teacher. As soon as I heard about Reach Academy I knew I wanted to be a part of the team that was going to prove that a child’s socio-economic background does not have to limit their academic successes and life prospects.
I am now training to teach at Reach as part of the Schools Direct programme. I knew from very early last year that I wanted to stay and train at Reach as I felt aligned with the school’s mission. I have enjoyed building strong and lasting relationships with our pupils. I love the fact that we are a small school and believe that these strong relationships enable staff to have a huge impact on the pupils. In the coming years I look forward to the age gap between our primary and secondary pupils closing; I would love to be able to teach a cohort of pupils who have been at Reach since the age of 4 – it will be an exciting challenge!”