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Why join our team?

It is not only the students who are an integral part of Bernwode Schools Trust.  Every member of our organisation is valued, proud and dedicated.  We are working in a thriving environment where every day offers something special and celebrates the passions and dreams of the individual.  We have a strong and diverse team of people whose dedication and motivation are key to our success where dedication is nurtured, recognised and rewarded.  A majority of our Heads of Department and Senior Leadership team have risen through the organisation.  Sharing good practice across our whole organisation is an expectation and every member is valued and supported, both professionally and personally.

Click on the links below to find out about working for our academy from a staff perspective and to learn more about living and working in Bicester.

Mr A Coggins, Lead Practitioner

Coggins antonySince starting at The Cooper School as an NQT in September 2011, I continue to be immensely proud to be involved in the education of the students of the local area.  I have been given huge opportunities to progress within this educational setting; progressing from an NQT classroom teacher, to 2nd in charge of, then Head of Design and Technology and currently as a Leading Practitioner.  The school has offered professional development in my subject specialism of Food and Nutrition; as well as allowing the opportunity to pursue areas of interest such as Behaviour for Learning.  The middle and senior leaders have offered support and progression opportunities and the level of energy and commitment shown by staff is second to none.


We are also extremely fortunate to have a senior leadership who trust and support staff which results in a calm and purposeful atmosphere during the school day - it would be hard to believe there are over 1300 people on the site at any one time!  We offer the students of Bicester every opportunity to achieve their full potential, both academically and in terms of character education.  It is also great to note that the school is committed to ensuring a wide, well rounded curriculum is offered to all students.


I consider myself to be a highly motivated individual who sets the highest of expectations for myself and for the students I teach.  I would encourage anyone considering applying for a post to get in touch and arrange a visit.  If you take an opportunity to work at this school, I can guarantee you will not regret it and will find yourself surrounded by fantastic students and like-minded and supportive colleagues.

Ms E Kirk, Lower School Lead

I joined Bernwode Schools Trust following my relocation to Oxfordshire from Dorset.  I was initially employed on a temporary contract to cover a colleague's maternity leave and over 12 months later have found myself settled in a permanent post leading the EYFS Unit at Glory Farm Primary School.  In the short period of time I have been working here, I have already been given numerous opportunities to develop myself as a leader and to share my area of specialism with the colleagues I work with.


I have been teaching for over 10 years now and feel privileged to be a part of such a positive and supportive establishment.  The leadership team at Glory Farm Primary School recognise talent and invest in the potential they see amongst staff at every level.  I love being part of a school which is going from strength to strength due to its reflective approach to developing provision and educational experiences for the children we work with.


I love everything about my job.  No two days are the same.  I work with a fantastic team of dedicated staff and children who bring so much joy and happiness to our school.  I consider myself to be an enthusiastic and motivated Early Years Specialist with high expecations for myself, my colleagues and the children I am fortunate enough to learn with every day.  I would encourage anyone interested in applying for an opportunity to work at Glory Farm Primary School to come and visit us.  We love having the opportunity to share all of the wonderful things we do and you would always be most welcome.

Mrs L Panting, Administration and Data Assistant

Panting, LisaI have worked at Glory Farm Primary School as an Administration and Data Assistant for nearly four years.  I enjoy working as part of such a caring, warm team of people.  A primary school is a unique environment to work in and no two days are the same!  The Senior Leadership Team at Glory Farm Primary School make you feel very valued and included in all aspects of school life and the children at Glory Farm are so polite and friendly.


I have recently taken up the role of Support Staff Governor and am looking forward to being able to contribute in a new way to the school and the new experience this will bring.


I am also a parent of a child at The Cooper School, which gives me great insight into both working for and being a parent of The Academy.  My son started at The Cooper School in September of last year and I have been so pleased with the way that he has settled in.  He has been so well supported by the wonderful Inclusion Team.

Mrs S Sparshott, Head of English

Sarah SparshottThe Cooper School is a thriving and stimulating place to work with an ethos that prioritises the welfare of the students and which encourages creativity, imagination and independence.  We are not an exam factory, but a genuinely supportive community that respects both students and teachers and the need for thoughtful, insightful learning.


I feel hugely privileved to manage the English Department, a department that really gets to the heart of this ethos.  We work closely as a team to exchange ideas, approaches and good practice, and it is a point of pride that we respond to the very real challenges of the curriculum by finding imaginative routes that both challenge and engage.


I began my teacher training at The Cooper School as part of a PGCE course and have never left.  I do not regret this choice, as along the way I have been greatly supported in terms of roles open to me, the professional development provided and the support from my colleagues and the senior leadership team.  Just as we as teachers make it a priority to invest in our students, so the infrastructure of the school invests in its staff.

Living and working in Bicester

Bicester is a historic market town and one of the fastest growing towns in the UK.  Offering excellent opportunity, transport links and millions of pounds of planned investment over the next decade and beyond it is an exciting place to live, work and learn.  The town is home to the UK's largest self-build scheme, the country's most sustainable housing development and the famous Bicester Village designer outlet shopping centre, which all contribute to the continued growth of the town, providing housing, employment and great leisure time facilities.

Bicester holds Garden Town and Vanguard status in recognition of its ambition for growth and it being at the forefront of self-build schemes, namely Graven Hill.

Bicester has strong central transport links, enabling travel to London or Birmingham in less than an hour.  There are regular train services to locations such as Thame, Oxford and Banbury and a good bus service between neighbouring towns including Aylesbury and Buckingham.  The town is situated just off the M40 providing good road links throughout the Thames Valley and beyond.

Whether you are starting your career or wishing to progress an existing career in education, Bernwode Schools Trust provide a nurturing, stimulating environment in a diverse, vibrant and thriving town.