Central Academy is part of United Learning.
The Academy moved into purpose built £30million premises in the centre of Carlisle and on the edge of the Lake District and Scottish Borders in 2010. As part of our team you have colleagues who are professional, supportive and are committed to each other’s professional development. We are proud that our results demonstrate the Academy to be the most improved secondary schools in Cumbria over the last year.
We would love you to become part of our improving Academy, our supportive team and to help us achieve our ambition as we work towards an Outstanding future.
“There has been a marked improvement in the behaviour of students and the attitudes they display. On inspection, students were polite. The Academy is a calm, orderly place and students feel safe.” Ofsted 2015
After a turbulent few years, Central Academy came out of Special Measures in February 2015. With new leadership and sponsorship from United Learning in place since September 2014, the school is making rapid progress with the aim of being securely Good by the time of its next Ofsted inspection. The school’s GCSE results for 2014/15 demonstrate it to be one of the most improved secondary schools in Cumbria.
Housing a Sixth Form which is shared with its sister Morton Academy, with which it works in close partnership, Central is a thriving school where local children are able to develop the confidence to enjoy their learning and aspire to university and beyond.
Central Academy benefits from the executive leadership of a highly experienced and inspirational Executive Principal and a supportive governing body. With an ambitious Head of School in post since last summer, the team and structure is ideally placed for augmenting the progress that is already well underway and building a significant school over the coming few years which children will increasingly celebrate being part of.
There is a rapid but manageable shift in progress and improvement which is being led by a team who are committed to the school and who are supported by the resources, opportunities, training and expertise of one of the most experienced schools groups in the country.
Over the past 18 months, key strategies have been successfully implemented to improve behaviour, attendance and the quality of teaching and learning so that for the first time in its history, Central Academy has all the correct components in place to meet the needs of its children and its community.
Situated in Carlisle on the borders of the Lake District, Hadrian’s Wall and Scotland and with over 40% of students eligible for Free School Meals, Central Academy provides the excitement and challenges of inner city school life in the beauty of rural heartlands.
This is an opportune moment to become part of Central’s success. Having emerged from a turbulent past, it is now well-placed to embrace a confident and transformative future.
By joining Central Academy you will also become part of United Learning - a unique group of independent and state schools working together to bring out the ‘best in everyone’. Our vision is to provide excellent education, which prepares all young people to progress in their learning and to make a success of their lives.
United Learning focuses sharply on the evidence of what makes it more likely that young people will progress and succeed, applying that to classroom practice and allowing schools to continue to learn and develop. It is a priority to provide teachers with excellent professional support and development, so that every child receives an excellent experience. The approach is underpinned by a sense of moral purpose and commitment to doing what is right for children and young people, supporting colleagues to achieve excellence and acting with integrity in all our dealings within and beyond the organisation, in the interests of young people everywhere.
The development programmes offer access to tailor-made training no matter your career stage, alongside unrivalled opportunities for your career development across both the maintained and independent sectors. Our Performance and Development Reviews (PDR) encompass personal aspiration, impact on pupil achievement and identification of continuous professional development and training that is right for you and your future. For more information please visit our dedicated careers site.