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 You said...             We did...          
» You said that the Paddington Academy uniform was too expensive and that certain items were hard to get hold of.

                    » We changed the Paddington Academy uniform to make items easier to purchase, got rid of the tartan skirt/trousers for girls and identified the best places to purchase uniform items.          
» You said that we needed to increase security at the Academy.                     » We introduced daily random searches with a metal detector to act as a deterrent to students to bring in dangerous items.   

» You said that parents/carers needed more access to subject teachers to discuss your children’s progress.
                    » We have now introduced a parents evening and parents morning at the end of each term to give parents/carers more flexibility in choosing when to see teachers. Parents evenings will take place on the last Thursday of each term between 4 and 6.30 pm and parents mornings on the last Friday of each term between 9 am and 12 pm.

» You said at the last Parents Forum that the timing of long reports was sometimes too late in the year.                     » We have now introduced parent & information evenings for each year group. Parent information evenings are normally held on Thursday evening at the beginning of the new term.

» You said at the last Parents Forum that criteria for ‘attitude’ on the termly reports were unclear.

                    » We are writing clear criteria for teachers to ensure consistency across the academy in ‘attitude’ grades.

» You said that it would be helpful to have dates on termly reports so that parents/carers could see when grades had been given.                     » We will put assessment date on to next set of reports.           
» You said that parents/carers would like to be more involved in the life of the Academy.                      » Two separate termly meetings now take place: a parents forum where parents have the opportunity to discuss whole school issues with staff and the new ‘Paddington Parents Association’ which will meet as a separate, independent parent body to discuss academy issues and be a forum where parents/carers can share their experiences as parents/carers of students at the Academy.          

You said that you were concerned about distribution of lockers and that some students had been issued lockers belonging to older students.

                    » Heads of Years are working with their year teams to ensure that all students have a locker that is not being used by anyone else.           
» You said that you wanted easier access to teachers and key staff as it was sometimes difficult to get in contact with the academy via phone.                      » We issued a ‘blue book’ for all parents/carers that had email addresses for all key staff at the Academy.          

10 Reasons to Work at Paddington Academy 


Why work at Paddington Academy?

1. We are a highly successful school, rated ‘outstanding’ by OFSTED with GCSE results which consistently place us in the top 10 schools in the UK for student progress. 

2. Teaching and Learning is at the heart of what we do. Every decision is driven by its potential to impact on student learning.

 3. Our approach to teaching and learning is informed by robust research, constantly reviewed and tailored to our unique context 

4. We have a consistent and effective approach to behaviour which means teachers can focus on the main thing – teaching

5. We are renowned for positive relationships between staff and students and serve a community of aspirational students

6. We have a large and thriving Sixth Form with high academic standards: 51% of A Level grades were A*-B

7. We have been awarded a GOLD award for professional development. Our approach to CPD is personalised to ensure that every member of our community is provided with first class development opportunities 

8. We are the lead teacher training school for United Learning. Every teacher is a learner and we secure opportunities for staff to coach and mentor trainee teachers as a reciprocal learning experience

9. We invest in the long term career aspirations of our staff. We offer a well-established and successful pathway to educational leadership for teachers who aspire to lead in education

10. Staff well-being is important to us and we believe in cherishing our staff. A benefit of belonging to United Learning is access to a comprehensive rewards and benefits package

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