Teachers at Watford Girls enjoy working here because of the positive, inclusive and caring ethos and atmosphere and the friendly staff, but most of all because of the girls. Teachers report that ‘This is a great place to work and the girls clearly love it here. There is a level of commitment and pride from everyone here, staff and girls alike.’ and that ‘I love working here because of the caring ethos mixed with academic rigour and the dedication of the staff, who are all very friendly and supportive.’
I love working here because of the caring ethos mixed with academic rigour and the dedication of the staff, who are all very friendly and supportive.
The pupils, who come from a diverse range of backgrounds, are keen to learn and enthusiastic to make the most of all the opportunities afforded to them. Heads of Department have a good deal of freedom to plan curriculum in their area and teachers are encouraged to experiment with a range of approaches to teaching. The Teaching Staff are all specialists in their fields and display considerable knowledge and insight into the teaching of their subjects. Innovation and research are encouraged and a comprehensive range of training opportunities are open to all colleagues whatever stage they are at. Colleagues are encouraged to develop their skills and to aspire to further their careers.
Newly qualified teachers benefit from the support of experienced mentors and links to other schools in our training consortium. All new teaching staff have access to a thorough and comprehensive induction programme.
We are particularly proud of our work with initial teacher training. Watford Girls is the Lead School for School Direct in association with the Advanced Learning Alliance and in partnership with Hertfordshire University. We also work with other universities and institutions to host PGCE trainees. We welcome people who aspire to a career in education to visit for school experience and we are proud that we have been selected by the Department for Education to host paid internships for undergraduates in STEM subjects for the last five years.
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