Thank you for your interest in teaching at Lordswood Boys' School.

You will be joining Lordswood at an exciting time in the school's history. The school became one of the new converter academies on 1st January 2013 joining the academy trust established by the neighbouring Girls' School, a high performing school, in April 2011. We believe academy status will give the school greater control over its own destiny and enable the school to improve facilities and opportunities for students and staff.

The last 4 years have seen a steady improvement in GCSE performance at Lordswood Boys' School. In 2012, examination results rose for the third consecutive year with 54% of students achieving 5 A*-C including English and mathematics with the rate of progress in English and mathematics above the national average. The school was last inspected in November 2012. Although the school was graded 3, 'requires improvement', the inspection team were very positive about the improvements that are taking place in the school and endorsed the school's priorities for improvement. We are committed to ensuring that standards of teaching and learning continue to rise and know that it is what happens in the classroom, the skills and passion of the teacher and teaching which engages, challenges and inspires students that will make the difference. Within the school there is a keen focus on CPD and the development of teaching and learning. We hope that staff joining the school will share this enthusiasm for developing next practice and engendering a love of learning within students.

The school operates a vertical tutoring system with students in years 7-11 allocated to one of four Houses. The House system has played a key part in developing a sense of cohesion within the school and in improving standards of behaviour. The relaunch of the School Council is now empowering students, fostering team work and responsibility and involving students in the school's drive to raise standards across all areas of school life. Another feature of the school is its extra-curricular provision, in particular the CCF which runs all four sections. This enables students to get involved in a wide range of activities and to take part in visits both in the UK and abroad. The school has links with St Martins in the Caribbean, Boston, Massachusetts and Berlin. This enables curriculum areas to create dynamic learning opportunities for students and to acquire a wider range of skills and experiences.

Lordswood Boys' School currently operates a collegiate sixth form, whilst the Girls' School has a well-established co-educational sixth form which in 2012 was in the top 1% of sixth forms nationally for student performance. From September 2013 the Boys' Sixth Form will join with the Girls'. This will allow the Boys' and Girls' Schools to capitalise on the expertise and experience that exists in the two schools, as well as the wide range of educational experiences and local, national and international links available to develop a sixth form centre which offers educational pathways which lead to successful outcomes and meaningful training, study or employment for all students post-18 and is underpinned by high expectations and quality teaching and support.

Teachers can and do make a difference and if you have a passion for seeing students of all abilities succeed , are focused, hard working and would relish the opportunity to work with supportive and caring colleagues in a school that is on a journey to 'outstanding', we hope you will want to come and join us.

Best Wishes

Jane Götschel
Executive Headteacher