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Vacancies at Ashwood

For all vacancies across the Trust, including at Ashwood, see here.

Train to Teach

As a member of The Spencer Academies Trust, Ashwood is able to support a range of entry routes for new teaching entrants.

Initial Teacher Training in schools (SCITT training) is offered through the Trust training hub hosted at the George Spencer Academy in Nottingham. George Spencer Academy has been named by the ‘Good Teacher Training Guide’ as one of the top 10 teacher training providers in the country and the second best primary teacher training institute nationally.

The George Spencer Academy SCITT offers unrivalled support, professional guidance and proven track record in producing highly employable, fully trained teachers. More information is available here.


TeachFirst is a social enterprise programme which aims to address educational disadvantage by linking graduates with selected schools. TeachFirst entrants are placed for two years in schools, during which time they complete a PGCE, and are offered additional leadership skills training and an optional master’s degree.

The destination of TeachFirst trainees after programme completion varies – the programme is designed to prepare graduates either for a longer-term teaching career or for other opportunities. TeachFirst is the largest recruiter of graduates across the UK for this reason. Over time, the programme has placed more than 10,000 teachers in low-income areas, supporting more than one million children.

Ashwood Spencer Academy is a qualified TeachFirst school, accepting graduate trainees through the programme. From 2018, TeachFirst graduates will become a valued part of teaching provision in school, supported from the TeachFirst Chesterfield hub.

Employee Wellbeing Offer

As a Spencer Academies Trust academy, Ashwood Spencer adopts national guidance on standards for teaching and education support professionals.

The Spencer Academies Trust aims to be an employer of choice within the East Midlands. We recognise that meeting our recruitment and retention targets depends on creating a leading support offer, which promotes the value we place on employee wellbeing, support for mental health and managed workloads and allows colleagues to access opportunities including enhanced CPD, wellbeing support and an Employee Assistance Programme (Health Assured).

The staff wellbeing package is open to all colleagues and includes:

  • Sector competitive pay and annual cost of living uplifts
  • Defined benefit pensions and life assurance
  • Automatic pay progression for colleagues in non-managerial posts, performance related pay and recognition of additional responsibilities for managers and senior leaders
  • Salary Sacrifice Schemes: childcare vouchers, cycle to work, Tec scheme
  • Free on-site parking and cycle storage. Parking levy is paid on behalf of employees where appropriate
  • Access to EAP Health Assured, mental health services and other wellbeing support
  • Free flu jabs and seasonal health support
  • CPD and collaborative working across SAT academies
  • A range of family friendly benefits and pay


At Spencer Academies Trust we encourage all employees to undertake training and development, and where appropriate, to explore new challenges within the group. Professional development is central to the annual professional performance review framework. Our CPD, networking and training opportunities allows colleagues to work collaboratively across our family of schools. We offer training opportunities to new and existing employees to undertake an apprenticeship programme provided by Spencer Apprenticeships.

Spencer Academies Trust offers flexible opportunities including time off to spend with your family and friends and pursuing hobbies. We provide flexible opportunities for part time; job share and term time only roles across the Trust and flexible working patterns and adjustment to core working practices may be granted to eligible colleagues by agreement.

For further information on employee wellbeing and support offer, please see the Employee handbook, Wellbeing Policy and Employee Benefits and Wellbeing.


Members of the Local Governing Body

Outstanding governance is central to the success of Spencer academies, helping to set the direction of our schools and providing the supportive challenge needed to raise standards.

Our local governing bodies are made up of representative members of the school community including parent and community governors. Chosen for a mixture of skills and competencies, they play an important role which includes supporting the Board of Directors with their broader responsibility for governance across the Spencer Academies Trust.

Together, we deliver on the Spencer Academies Trust mission: to provide an outstanding quality of education and improve the life chances of children across the East Midlands.

On behalf of Ashwood Spencer Academy, we are currently recruiting for governors able to offer expertise in one of the following areas: finance, human resources, community relations and communications, safeguarding, and governance. Successful candidates will join the Ashwood Spencer Academy local governing body (LGB), and may be selected through election (parent governors) or by co-option (community governors)

If you have skills in one of these areas and would like to be considered for membership of a local governing body in a Spencer Academy, please register your interest through the school office at


Vacancies across the trust can be found here.