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Work at Wistaston Church Lane

Wistaston Church Lane Academy is a special place to learn and work. It is a school that believes in happy staff as well as happy children.

Read below about why it is great to work here!


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Staff Wellbeing

Initiatives to support staff wellbeing

As well as a reasonable working expectation, the school offers various initiatives intended to support staff wellbeing. The list of initiatives include:



  • Clear and visible school leaders who take the time to listen and get to know you
  • Reasonable and fair expectations
  • A performance management process designed to encourage personal growth
  • Weekly staff briefing to improve communication
  • Continuing professional development for all staff members
  • No expectation to reply to emails at unsociable hours


Non-contact time

  • Protected PPA Half day - taken off site if needed, and time with a colleague wherever possible
  • Subject leader release time


Feedback and Marking

  • Revised feedback and marking policy to reduce marking commitment but ensure maximum impact for the children’s learning - reviewed annually
  • Revised home practice so that is more internet based to reduce teacher marking workload


Assessment and Reporting

  • Removal of Mid-Year Reviews as we felt it created work for little work for impact
  • End of Year Report reduced in size



  • No individual lesson plans and no requirement to hand in short term plans
  • Short term planning formats are entirely up to the teacher
  • Time offered to Teaching Assistants to plan Phonics
  • Non-contact time for class cover Teaching Assistants


Lesson Observations

  • A typical maximum of three lesson visits a year and these are not used for performance management, i.e. not used in isolation for pay progression decisions



  • Free tea and coffee
  • Staff meeting time back in relation to residentials
  • Where appropriate, twilights will be used instead of an INSET day
  • Colleagues can leave straight after school as long as they are up-to-date with things
  • Staff Shout Out Board
  • Free Christmas dinner/Easter dinner
  • Free staff wellbeing support including 24-hour GP line, counselling and free physiotherapy sessions
  • Employee benefit scheme giving discounts at shops
  • Fair policies regarding dependents leave
  • Regular staff social events
  • An annual collection of funds from all staff members which will be used to pay for gifts at difficult times and for special occasions
  • Comfortable staff room
  • PPA room available


Unique to Church Lane

  • Low exclusions and well-behaved children
  • We listen to feedback and act on it where it is felt reasonable and practical, e.g. removal of Take Part Days as colleagues felt it was a lot of work for little gain
  • Resources, like whiteboard pens and glue sticks available at all times

The Church Lane Way

The Church Lane Way is the agreed way that we do things at Wistaston Church Lane. We all buy in to this approach and make it work for the success of the children, the school and the community.

Working at Wistaston Church Lane is a privilege. We all share our CARE behaviours which govern our behaviour and attitudes to work.

Child-Centred: We are driven by the needs and interests of our children

Ambitious: We use our energy, skills and resources to deliver the best sustainable education and experience for learners

Respect: We respect and value those who we work with and the contribution that they make

Enthusiasm: We are passionate about making working and learning at Church Lane a positive experience

A description of these behaviours is in the documents section below.


Page Downloads Date  
Application Form 2018 02nd Dec 2020 Download
Recruitment pack 2020 2021 09th Dec 2020 Download
The Church Lane Way 09th Feb 2021 Download
Staff Wellbeing Policy 2020 29th Nov 2020 Download