Working at CTK
Why Christ the King?
“I am privileged to be part of an outstanding community that invests in students as well as staff development and progression. The comprehensive professional development programme and support from senior management ensures that I am able to effectively manage a superb department that prides itself on outstanding results and excellent progression routes for our learners onto highly competitive courses.”
At Christ the King, we seek to appoint exceptional teachers and support staff, who have with a genuine passion for their subjects and are committed to helping our students reach their full potential. We take pride in providing our staff with high-quality CPD and leadership training. Teaching and learning is our core focus and is widely discussed, what individuals do in the classroom is part of a whole-College pedagogy, and outstanding practice is identified, explored, disseminated and celebrated.
Through our mentoring programmes we support our staff and provide them with opportunities to build relationships with colleagues at every stage of their careers and across all three College sites.
Staff study bursaries
We award a number of bursaries are to both teaching and support staff each year to assist with course fees for Masters Degrees or further study.
These strengthen professional communication between teachers across our three sites. We currently have some 15 networks attended by over 150 staff.
Collaborative research with schools in the state and independent sectors
We are currently running a large-scale project funded by the Mayor’s London Schools Excellence Fund Schools across KS4 and 5. Participants include Eton College, North London Collegiate, St Paul’s Boys School, and Wellington College. Our research seeks to answer two questions:
- What strategies do independent schools use to ensure their pupils achieve top grades at GCSE and A Level in English, Maths, Biology, Chemistry and Physics and how do they secure places for their students at Russell Group universities in such large numbers?
- Are the strategies transferable to the state sector and can they be scaled up so that they can made available to a wider community across London?
We established an annual conference for all staff in 2011 and it has grown in stature each year, with contributions from guest speakers of national and international renown. Recent topics include: How Do We Create Successful Learners?, Transforming Teaching and Learning and Character Building.
Christ the King Sixth Forms Annual Conference
Christ the King has an extensive history of professional development and research. One feature of this is an annual staff conference on an educational theme. This year the focus was on “Breaking Down Barriers to Success: Prioritising Progress for all Students” Our keynote speakers, Elly Tobin, OBE and Andy Griffiths, recognised in the prestigious TES School Awards, shared their experience and evidence based strategies to stimulate discussion, shape planning, teaching and learning at Christ the King. As teachers we are in a unique position to have a positive impact on the lives of so many young people in our special community here in south east London, days such as this provide an opportunity to hone our skills in order to achieve that aim.
Elly shared her extensive experience of working with learners facing barriers, offering an excellent workshop on developing writing skills across the curriculum; Andy presented a highly evidence supported strategy of ‘Teaching Backwards’ and offered an equally excellent workshop on quality feedback.
The day ended with colleagues, from highly experienced to newly qualified sharing their professional work in a session – ‘Teach Meet, Top tips for Tip Top teaching’. Themes included; Curve Ball Questions, High Expectations, Design as Evolution, Creative Targeting, Classroom Job Roles and Investing Time.
Andy Griffith originates from Edmonton in North London and now lives in Liverpool. After teaching full time for 12 years in secondary schools, he moved into educational training and consultancy driven by the mission to enable young people from whichever background to achieve their full potential. He remains a part time teacher in Merseyside and has been working in education for 31 years.
Andy is the creator of the Outstanding Teaching Intervention programme which has been recognised in the prestigious TES School Awards and has helped over forty schools in England to move up Ofsted levels. He also specialises in designing training programmes for both teachers and students and has consulted with BBC Education and Comic Relief. He is also the author of two best-selling education books and his latest book, The Learning Imperative, is about how leaders at different levels can best design a culture for learning within their organisations. In 2019 is was the winner of the HR book of the year at the Business Book Awards.
Andy is also proud to lead a social enterprise called MALIT in the Community, based in Liverpool. Their aim is to promote resilience and learning through the use drama and training. Projects include supporting students who suffer from anxiety, using drama to develop positive self-image and delivering parental engagement talks and programmes in areas of high social deprivation.
Education Packs: Equal Opportunities co-written with Anne Riley (Framework Press, 1999); Citizens of the Future co-written with Anne Riley (Folens, 2001); Citizens in Action (Heinemann Press, 2005); Sports Relief and Comic Relief school resources (2003-2014).
Books (co-written with Mark Burns): Engaging Learners (2012), Teaching Backwards (2014). Best of the Best Engagement and Feedback (2017) and The Learning Imperative (2018) all published by Crownhouse.
- Dwayne ST MARY'S Course: A Level History, Spanish, Maths
“I'm aiming to study Computer Science at the University of Sheffield. At CTK all students are equally as motivated to do well, it's a good environment to be in. Teachers really try their hardest to make sure that their students achieve what they are capable of and ensure you get the best grades possible.”
- Ella Mae ST MARY'S Grades achieved: A A B A Course: A Level Law Level Psychology A Level Sociology Extended Project
“What I enjoyed about CTK was meeting students from different backgrounds and sharing a desire to succeed. As an Advanced Graduate Programme student, I was given the motivation and confidence to work to the best of my ability. ”
- Samad ST MARY'S Course: A Level Media, English Literature and Language and French
“I have really enjoyed my course trips. Also, knowing that everyone else is starting Sixth Form at the same time as you, makes meeting new people and fitting in a lot easier and fun. My teachers have helped me overcome my fear of interacting during class discussions. They encouraged me to participate by giving presentations to the whole class, which boosted my confidence. Teachers will motivate you to achieve the best of your ability.”
- Oluwafoluhanmi ST MARY'S Course: A Level Biology, Chemistry and PE
“Although studying A Levels can be challenging, my teachers make my lessons enjoyable and easier to understand. The teachers at CTK are really friendly and are more than happy to help. I hope to go on to study Physiotherapy at University.”
- Alice ST MARY'S Grades achieved: D*D*D* Course: BTEC Sport and Exercise Science Level 3
“I'm going to St Mary's University, Twickenham to study Sport Science. My BTEC course was unique. The pastoral support at CTK was excellent and the extra support from teachers helped me stay on track. I would recommend CTK because of the support that staff give students”