How to succeed in a virtual Ark Boulton interview.

At Ark Boulton Academy, we are moving all of our recruitment online for the period of school closure.

Our vision for Ark Boulton Academy is simple: together we give each of our students the skills, personal qualities and qualifications they need to be successful at university and in the career of their choice; together we make them role models for future generations, helping them to fulfil their potential and raise aspirations; and that together we reach higher by ensuring that our young people can compete on level terms for places at university and in the job market. 

At Ark Boulton Academy we work together to ensure that each of our children can overcome barriers to learning, catch up where needed and achieve at the highest levels by working harder, behaving better and making faster progress than children in other schools.

We're also proud to offer a great environment for staff, where we help every member of staff to be their best through a supportive environment and excellent professional development.

To see more of the vacancies we are currently advertising, click here


Application Tips

We feel confident that we can still find the right candidates, who are well-aligned to our school values, and have the potential to be exceptional teachers and leaders – but, of course, we will be going about it a bit differently!

1. Pre-application

Read the pack and our website carefully, and reach out if you have any questions


2. Application form

This should be the same as any other application – make sure you do lots of reading about the school, tailor your application to the school.

Use the person specification, but then think more widely about the school and the role.

Why specifically Ark Boulton? What have you read or heard that makes you think you’d be a good fit?

How do your personal educational values align to those of the school?


3. Preparing for Interview

Prepare as you would for an in-person interview, but be prepared to talk in even more depth about your teaching practice. We will talk about the classes you currently teach, how you go about planning your lessons, and what we would see if we were to see you teach. We will talk to you about curriculum planning, and the position of your subject within the wider curriculum.


4. Teaching us

We will ask you to teach us (or do an assembly for a pastoral job) – either live to the panel online, or recorded and sent in. Prepare as you would for a normal lesson – feel free to send through notes if that helps, and we will set you up to do a structured reflection afterwards. We want to see how you plan a concept, explain an idea and give the pupils instructions.

This will feel odd, but gives us a really good idea of what you’d be like interacting with our pupils, how you reflect on your practice and your approach to feedback.


5. Dealing with technology

All our processes will happen on Microsoft Teams – we will send a link, so you don’t need any specialist software. It is worth having a play around with the software, or ask us any questions in advance.


6. Adaptability

We will leave plenty of opportunity for questions at the end of the interview, and we will spend lots of time talking and unpicking your answers. Please come prepared to share anything you’d like that we didn’t cover, or any questions you have about it. We really appreciate your adaptability in these unprecedented times.


Hopefully that gives you a good insight in to our approach to recruitment during this school closure period – and please do reach out if you have any questions.