Velmead School Fleet Head Teacher Personal Statement

Velmead Junior School (Fleet) data

Velmead Junior School is located in Fleet and falls under the local authority of Hampshire. This mixed-sexprimary school has 365 pupils, with a capacity of 368, aged from seven up to eleven, and the type of establishment is community school. The school has 18 teachers with each teacher on average earning the full-time equivalent of £37,012. The most recend Ofsted inspection was 10th January 2013 resulting in a good rating.

Velmead Junior School contact details

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About Velmead Junior School

Phase of EducationPrimary
Type of EstablishmentCommunity School
Admissions PolicyNot applicable
Statutory Low Age7
Statutory High Age11
BoardersNo Boarders
Official Sixth FormDoes not have a sixth form
GenderMixed
Religious CharacterDoes not apply
DioceseNot applicable
Special ClassesNo Special Classes

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Pupils

Census Date21st January 2016
School Capacity368
Number of Pupils36599% capacity
Number of Boys18049%
Number of Girls18551%
Free School Meals (%)2.5%

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Where is Velmead Junior School?

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Velmead Junior School on a map

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Ofsted

Organisation ID1118252
LAESTAB8502339
Ofsted RegionSouth East
Deprivation Index1

Velmead Junior School Ofsted Report

This table compares the Velmead Junior School Ofsted reports from 10th January 2013 (ITS403284) and 31st January 2008 (ITS312162).

Inspection numberITS403284ITS312162
Inspection typeS5 Inspection
Inspection type groupingSection 5 Inspection
Event type groupingSchools - S5
Inspection start date10th January 201331st January 2008
Inspection end date11th January 201331st January 2008
Publication date1st February 201326th February 2008
Overall effectiveness

Good

Good

Outcomes for pupils

Good

Good

Quality of teaching, learning and assessment

Good

Good

Effectiveness of leadership and management

Good

Good

Personal development, behaviour and welfare

No Judgement

No Judgement

Early years provision (where applicable)

No Judgement

No Judgement

16 - 19 study programmes

No Judgement

No Judgement

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Ofsted Last Inspection11th January 2013
Ofsted Special MeasuresNot in special measures

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Teachers at Velmead Junior School

Total Number of Teachers18
Total Number of Teachers (Full-Time Equivalent)15
Total Number of Teaching Assistants18
Total Number of Teaching Assistants (Full-Time Equivalent)7.6
Total Number of Non Classroom-based School Support Staff5
Total Number of Non Classroom-based School Support Staff (Full-Time Equivalent)3.8
Pupil:Teacher Ratio24.4
Mean Gross Full-Time Equivalent Salary of All Teachers£37,012

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Velmead Junior School administrative data

Establishment NameVelmead Junior School
Establishment Number2339
Unique Reference Number116054
Local AuthorityHampshire
Local Authority Code850
Previous Local AuthorityPre LGR (1997) Hampshire
Previous Local Authority Code917
Government Statistical Service Local Authority CodeE10000014
Government Office RegionSouth East
DistrictHart
District CodeE07000089
WardCrookham East
Parliamentary ConstituencyNorth East Hampshire
Urban/Rural DescriptionUrban city and town
Middle Super Output AreaHart 009
Lower Super Output AreaHart 009C

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Velmead Junior School history

Establishment StatusOpen
Last Changed Date26th April 2017
Reason Establishment OpenedNot applicable
Reason Establishment ClosedNot applicable

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Pupil Referral Unit

Teenage MothersNot applicable
Child Care FacilitiesNot applicable
Special Educational Needs (SEN) Provision in Primary Care UnitNot applicable
Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) Provides for Educational and Behavioural Difficulties (EBD)Not applicable
Pupil Referral Unit (PRU) Offers Tuition by Another ProviderNot applicable

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Special Educational Needs

Section 41 ApprovedNot applicable

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Trust

Trust flagNot applicable
School Sponsor flagNot applicable

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Federation

Federation flagNot under a federation

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Further Education/Higher Education

Further Education TypeNot applicable

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Velmead Junior School geodata

Easting481936
Northing153451
Latitude51.27433
Longitude-0.82678

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Nearest schools to Velmead Junior School

SchoolPhase of EducationDistance
Fleet Infant School
Velmead Road, Fleet, GU52 7LQ
Primary64m
Heatherside Infant School
Reading Road South, Fleet, GU52 7TH
Primary961m
Heatherside Junior School
Reading Road South, Fleet, GU52 7TH
Primary961m
Court Moor School
Spring Woods, Fleet, GU52 7RY
Secondary1.4km
Tweseldown Infant School
Nepal Gardens, Church Crookham, Fleet, GU52 8LL
Primary1.7km
Church Crookham Junior School
Tweseldown Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, GU52 8BN
Primary1.7km
Crookham Church of England Aided Infant School
Gallyhill Road, Church Crookham, Fleet, GU52 6PU
Primary2km
All Saints Church of England Aided Junior School
Leawood Road, Fleet, GU51 5AJ
Primary2.1km
Tavistock Infant School
Broadacres, Calthorpe Park, Fleet, GU51 4EB
Primary2.1km
Calthorpe Park School
Hitches Lane, Fleet, GU51 5JA
Secondary2.5km

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Helen Sadler, art and design teacher, Hammersmith and Fulham

It's the personal statement that will get you short listed: The application form is standard, it's the personal statement that will get you short listed. No more than two sides of A4 it should show how and why you teach and who you are as a person. It should not be a list.

Always read the specification, if it says you are required to teach A-level and you don't or don't mention a willingness to learn it shows you haven't read it. If you are applying for a job in a different area to where you live explain why. Check who the application needs to be sent to, don't just send it to the headteacher. It sounds obvious but make sure you get their name right.

Gaps in employment make it look like you're hiding something, whatever the reason highlight all the positives for gaps. If you have worked in a different sector think about the transferable skills you have. Be honest, don't be tempted to change that D to a C in your qualifications. If you get the job they WILL check.

If interviewed you will be questioned using your personal statement. Don't say you do certain things in the statement but then can't give real examples when interviewed. Be enthusiastic about your subject, why do you teach it, what do you enjoy. Include hobbies on your personal statement, it makes you a more rounded person. But don't include 'socialising with friends' as basically it means getting wasted.

If you only have your training experience include all the schools you have trained in, say what you have learnt, how they are different, what you enjoyed. You could be up against teachers with years of experience. Use any particularly good comments from observations in your personal statement. This is really useful if you are a NQT. Don't be negative about any previous schools.

Chris Hildrew, deputy head teacher, Chew Valley School, Bristol

Successful applicants explain why they are applying for this particular job at this particular school: When sifting through a pile of applications I can usually halve the pile by getting rid of those making basic mistakes. These include poorly proofread or inaccurate letters (there's nothing quite so off-putting as finding the wrong school or head teacher's name left over from the previous time that letter was used), application forms incorrectly completed, and those who feel obliged to include more than is asked for.

I don't want to see your CV unless I've asked for one. I don't want to see a portfolio of PowerPoint presentations you've developed. I don't want a testimonial from your summer job behind the bar in the student union. I want what I've asked for please - letter and form. Form and letter. Thank you.

Straight to the top of the pile go those whose letters explain why they are applying for this particular job at this particular school. Also a winner are those who show exactly how they fit the person specification not only through what they've already done but what they'd like to do next. Above all, though, I like to know exactly why the applicant is a teacher in the first place. A good application will get you the interview; a good interview will get you the job.

Doug Belshaw, former teacher and senior leader and author of #getthatjob

Be selective, rather than scattergun: One of the best things you can do when applying for jobs is to be selective. It's easy to get desperate, either because of money or stress, but it's important to make sure that you've done your homework on what you might be letting yourself in for. Read everything you can online and, if the deadline's far enough away, phone the school and ask them to send you anything (newsletters, for example) that aren't on their website.

There's two benefits to going deep rather than employing a scattergun approach. First, you'll be sure that it's the kind of place you can work. And second, you'll have done 'due diligence' and be in a better position than other candidates to show how you'd fit right in. At interview and on the application you can use examples from the school's recent history to show how you could make an impact straight away.

Finally, be an enlarged version of yourself both on paper (and at interview). It's the best advice I ever received for 'performing' in the classroom and it stood me in very good stead when snagging a job that rocketed me from classroom teacher straight to senior management.

Peter Lee, assistant vice principal, Q3 Academy, Birmingham

Make your application personal to the school and write about why you love teaching: As part of my role I read through numerous written application as part of the job application process. Here are some of my top tips.

• Make sure your application is personal to the school – i.e. quote from the Ofsted report, latest exam results, ethos and so on
• If your application sounds like you've generated a whole host and it's not personal to the school then it's likely to remain at the bottom of the pile
• Visit the school before handing the application form in – that way you can get a real feel for the school
• Check spelling and give to another person to proofread any SPAG errors
• Make sure there are no gaps in your employment history
• Explain what you will bring that is extra if successful – so what skills can you bring / what extra-curricular opportunities would you be willing to offer?
• Be positive – write about why you love teaching
• List any areas in which you have added value – i.e. specific class residuals/meeting whole school or departmental targets

Kirstie Thomas, head of history, Lewis School, Pengam, South Wales

Look at what the school's needs and have ideas for addressing them: I recently had to appoint a new teacher, the main criteria the school was looking for was what else could that teacher offer, and many applications did not make the shortlist as they did not explicitly say what I was looking for. Applicants need to include the other subjects they are able to teach; NQTs should look at doing a secondary subject to improve their initial letter.

An awareness of current educational practice is good but do not write in great depth and waste time and space about it. Have a vision for after school or lunchtime clubs; something they have done or if an NQT something they would like to do, it could be linked to curriculum or an additional free choice, but they should look at school needs and try to offer something interesting and different.

Any previous work although unconnected to education can be phrased in such a way that it gives a sense of transferable skills. Most importantly, the letters should be spell checked and proofread. With a literacy agenda in school I disregarded three letters that were full of basic spelling mistakes and seemed rushed and were poorly written.

Sally Law, principal teacher of English, Marr College, Troon

Show off your vocabulary and try to make applications interesting to read: I appointed two new English teachers this season and had a few gripes with applications. The most irritating, and surprising, problem was the applicants' seeming lack of vocabulary. For English teachers this isn't good although I think it stems from applicants thinking they must use the current jargon so the same words just keep popping up over and over again.

So I would say be a bit more flexible with vocabulary although not to the point of overdoing it with the thesaurus. If there was one more thing it would be to vary sentence structure too and absolutely avoid starting every sentence with 'I'.

John Bull, year 5 teacher, Thursfield Primary School, Stoke-on-Trent

Visit a school before you apply: Headteachers get many applications from many individuals. It is the responsibility of the applicant to make the headteacher want to meet them by making their application stand out. Sometimes that might be in creative ways, like changing the colour of the fonts for different parts of the CV. Not being too effusive is also a good tip. Be positive but not overconfident. Expect the headteacher to want to see you, by writing this as an end paragraph 'I look forward to meeting you at interview.' Always visit a school before you apply. You might not be right for them as well as them not being right for you.

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