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Lead Practitioner of Computing- The Discovery Academy part of Alpha Academies Trust

The Discovery Academy
Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
£47,417 - £52,330
Closing date
20 Feb 2024

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Schools / Academies - Teaching roles
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The Discovery Academy

Lead Practitioner of Computing 

Full Time Perm

Principal: Ms J Schofield | Required: Easter 2024 | Lead Practitioner of Computing| LP1 to LP5, Actual Salary (£47,417 - £52,330)


The Discovery Academy is seeking to appoint an ambitious individual to work collaboratively to raise standards and expectations at all levels throughout Key Stages 3 and 4 including the delivery of AS Computing. The successful candidate will contribute to the development of teaching and learning in the Computing Faculty. They will be committed to the highest standards of achievement and will be an outstanding practitioner, with a clear vision of how to raise standards through high quality teaching and learning.


At the Discovery Academy our purpose is that we are committed to "delivering ambitious, high-quality teaching and learning every lesson, every day that overcomes inequality and allows every student to achieve success".  As an Academy we have created a culture around our core values of Pride, Respect and Commitment to ensure high expectations, positive relationships, and support for all students.  We believe having high expectations of behaviour and attitudes enables teachers to teach and students to develop in a caring, supportive environment.


The Academy boasts outstanding facilities, a state-of-the-art learning environment and was judged ‘Good’ following an inspection by Ofsted in January 2019. Our growth programme includes a £4.5 million additional teaching facility. The Academy is part of the Alpha Academies Trust which is located in Stoke-on-Trent and consists of two Secondary Schools, three Primary Schools and a Central Office team. The Alpha Academies Trust has been established to create a network of primary and secondary academies in North Staffordshire. Our purpose is to deliver a first-class education for every child and overcome inequality. This means that we recruit outstanding staff and make their professional development a number one priority.


The Trust offers a benefits package which includes a good pension scheme with a current employer contribution of 26.2%, discounted gym membership for on-site gyms and 30% at Nuffield Health Stoke Fitness & Wellbeing Gym, free on-site parking, subsidised meals and Cyclescheme. We also offer an Employee Assistance Programme through Care first including counselling services.


Alpha Academies are committed to staff development and all staff are encouraged to be members of the Chartered College of Teaching. This is financed by the Trust and colleagues are encouraged to access their resources and embark upon their qualifications.


The Alpha Academies Trust is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its employees and volunteers to share this commitment.  This post is exempt under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the successful candidate will be subject to an enhanced check by the Disclosure and Barring Service, as well as an online social media check along with other stringent vetting and induction processes. Please note, references will be sought for all shortlisted candidates prior to the interview.


If you feel that the position is of an interest, you have the right experience and skills and are ready for fresh challenges, then we would love to hear from you. To apply, visit our website's vacancies page at Click on 'Explore Available Opportunities,' find the vacancy you wish to apply for, and simply click on the 'Apply Now' button at the top of the page, which will direct you to the Alpha Academies Trust vacancy portal. If you're already registered, please log in to submit your application. New users can register using the sign-up option and proceed to submit their application. Should you need any further information regarding your application please contact our Recruitment Team by email at


Visits to our Academy are warmly welcomed, please contact the Academy to arrange a mutually convenient appointment. 




Closing Date for this Post: Tuesday 20th February 2024 at 9:00am 
Interview Date: Friday 23rd February 2024



The Discovery Academy

Discovery Drive



Tel 01782 882100

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