I started at Hall Cross Academy in 2009 when I…

I started at Hall Cross Academy in 2009 when I was appointed as the school’s swimming instructor.  With the full support of the school, I enrolled upon the School’s direct teacher training programme in September 2013, and embarked upon my NQT year in September 2014.  I was also a former student of the school and I welcomed the opportunity to join the ambitious, vibrant community and to provide students with the positive learning experiences that I had here.

The NQT induction programme is well organised, with weekly training and frequent opportunities to collaborate with other NQT’s within the school, and in the surrounding academies in Doncaster. Sharing good practice with each other in school, and those from other schools, has really helped us to develop ideas and to work alongside each other in our roles.  The school also regularly provides opportunities for CPD.

The PE department is extremely supportive and I have found that I have the opportunity to try new ideas within my lessons, and am able to regularly share good practice with other staff members.  The department, and the school as a whole, makes me feel confident to further develop my own teaching style in a bid to become an outstanding practitioner.

I regularly run extra‐curricular activities and the Sports Academy, where students from Y8‐13 regularly organise inter‐form competitions across the school, lunchtime practices and in the past couple of years they have organised events to raise money for charity, which have been very successful. Many students have also had the opportunity to complete their JSLA, CSLA and HSLA qualifications in Leadership through the programme.

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