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On this page, you will find:

  • Information about The Plympton Academy
  • An introduction to the Thinking Schools Academy Trust and our Thinking ethos
  • Benefits of working in Plymouth


The Plympton Academy

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At Plympton Academy we believe in inspiring a culture of success for all, including our staff. We have a strong culture of staff development and support – high quality CPD, based on research and evidenced best practice, which is prioritised and supported through a tailored coaching programme.

We work collaboratively with the best academies locally and nationally so that all teachers continue to thrive and engage in the latest teaching developments and practice. We prioritise good behaviour and strong pastoral support so that learning is disruption-free, teachers can teach and students’ can focus. As a result, we are incredibly proud of our students and staff who love the challenge of learning, are equipped to achieve their dreams and take pride in their success.

Plympton Academy is part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust. We are an inclusive school of all abilities, where everyone works and learns together within its caring and supportive environment. Plympton Academy is an academy for the local community, and we seek opportunities for students to develop as local citizens and serve and support our surrounding charities, industries and families.

We are privileged to work in a stunning learning environment with excellent resources. We are focused on providing an education for all. Our belief is that each person is unique – every member of our community has gifts and talents that we seek to grow and channel. We offer a broad and balanced curriculum geared towards ensuring our students will achieve their academic potential regardless of their starting points, and be dynamic members of society when they leave the Academy.


As our Vice Principal, you will have a strategic overview of behaviour, attitudes, attendance, admissions and SEND.

Working as part of the Senior Leadership Team and staff you will develop an inclusive, tolerant and positive culture in our Academy. You will be a key stakeholder in developing an ethos of high expectations for staff   and students. You will also be leading on ensuring student welfare, attendance and inclusion is a priority for all staff.


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Thinking Fitness at Plympton

We have recently opened a new gym at Plympton Academy as part of our central service, Thinking Fitness. This is the second gym to be opened with the original in Chatham, Medway, attached to another school within the Trust. What makes Thinking Fitness unique is, like Thinking Lettings, we are a non-profit service that recycles all profits back into the Trust.

Thinking Fitness gyms are connected to our schools, providing our staff, students and local community access to start-of-the-art gym facilities, classes and a dedicated team of trainers.

What’s more, as a member of staff at Plympton Academy, you will benefit from our £10 per month gym membership offer.


Discover Plympton Academy – take a look at our website.

Our Trust


Plympton Academy is part of the Thinking Schools Academy Trust, which is all about “transforming life chances” for our children and young people. Our Trust is a successful and expanding family of like-minded schools committed to providing outstanding education and teaching our students to ‘think about their thinking’. We create lifelong learners. Our students are taught how to continue asking, listening and learning long after their school years. Currently, there are 18 schools in the Trust located in four hubs across Kent, Medway, Portsmouth and Plymouth. Our Trust’s success is due to our excellent understanding of thinking, learning and pedagogical research, and talented and highly dedicated staff, leaders and governors.


We, like our Trust, believe that the best way to transform life chances is to actively shape the minds, attitudes and habits of young people through a framework of cognitive education that enables them to become the master of their own destiny.

This framework of cognitive education is constructed using the Thinking School approach. Research from organisations such as the Sutton Trust has repeatedly demonstrated that when children understand how their brains work, they achieve better academic and personal outcomes than those who do not. This is known as meta-cognition.


“We are what we habitually do” (Aristotle). Therefore, to transform life chances, we must transform habits.

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Child First: To provide a stimulating learning environment for all where learners feel safe to explore knowledge and understanding. We believe that children learn best when they are motivated, clear about expectations in their work and behaviour, feel valued, secure and confident, are challenged and receive constructive feedback about their performance.

Aspire: To be the best they can be. We believe that all staff and students can aspire for personal and professional prowess and become empowered through the Thinking philosophy.

Challenge: To actively shape the minds, attitudes and habits of young people through a framework of cognitive education that enables them to become the master of their own destiny. We believe that students require an accurate reflection of what they are good at and need to develop personal insight and manage uncertainty confidently. Developing skilled, independent, reflective learners is part of our Vision.

Achieve: For all stakeholders to demonstrate the highest levels of thinking and habits. We want our students to be questioning in nature, achieving the highest levels of independent and interdependent prowess.



What is a Thinking School?

An educational community in which all members share a common commitment to giving regular careful thought to everything that takes place. This involves both students and staff learning how to think reflectively, critically and creatively, and employing these skills and techniques in the co-construction of a meaningful curriculum and associated activities. Successful outcomes are reflected in students across a wide range of abilities, demonstrating independent and co-operative learning skills, high levels of achievement and both enjoyment and satisfaction.


Benefits will be shown in ways in which all members of the community interact with and show consideration for each other and in the positive psychological well-being of both students and staff. – Burden, 2006.



Benefits of working for Thinking Schools Academy Trust


  • Work with parents who are supportive of our school values and ethos
  • Vast support network from senior leaders and other teachers within the school and our Trust
  • Benefit from an internationally accredited pedagogy approach to thinking and learning – proven to enhance classroom practice
  • Outstanding CPD tailored to you, wherever you are in your career
  • Support from across the Trust to help you deliver outstanding teaching and learning through resources, mentoring and school visits
  • Revised Teacher Payscale to retain and reward excellent teachers
  • A 24/7 employee assistance programme that provides counselling and support / advice on a wide array of areas
  • Employee perks such as access to Teacher Perks and our cycle to work scheme


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Plymouth – The Place to Be

Plympton is a suburb of the city of Plymouth in Devon, South West England. It is in origin an ancient stannary town.

Come rain or shine Plymouth is a picturesque place to visit, boasting breathtaking views and lots of fresh, sea air. Being a vibrant waterfront city, Plymouth offers a range of activities, adventures and attractions to keep everyone entertained. From the Mayflower Steps and the National Marine Aquarium to sports centres offering kayaking, windsurfing, rock climbing and much more…


Here are our top four reasons why Plymouth is a great place to work;

1. Well connected with a fantastic public transport available. Train services includes Great Western and the Cross-country Network – there are regular half hour trains to Exeter and Torquay offering journeys of around an hour. Links to London are also fairly regular with trains running every 30 minutes. The journey itself can be completed in just under two hours. Aside from train travel, there are many bus and Park & Ride services provided, as well as a water link service which connects Plymouth with Cornwall. What’s more, access to Europe is right on your doorstep with the local port offering regular cross-Channel ferries to Brittany, France and Santander, Northern Spain.


2. The area boasts fantastic shopping facilities with the Drake Circus shopping centre, home to more than 70 top brands all under one roof and the world-famous Barbican offering all you need for arts, crafts and more independent stores, framed by stunning cobbled streets and hundreds of listed buildings. If you’re looking for more fashion and beauty and a hot spot for food and drink venues, then the Royal William Yard may be the place for you. 


3. Plymouth is rich in history and beauty. Take some time to explore the wild, open moorlands of Dartmoor National Park, the beauty that is Saltram House and Gardens, a coastal haven – Wembury Beach for walks, rockpools and more or visit Plymouth Hoe with its unmissable, panoramic views across the Plymouth sound. 


4. Plymouth has an diverse foodie scene to suit any food lover. Enjoy lunch at the renowned Barbican Kitchen housed in the Plymouth Gin Distillery, or tuck in to the freshly caught, local sea food at The Boathouse Café, set in a unique location in the fisherman’s arches on the Mayflower Steps. There are so many choices, no matter what you fancy. Explore the top 10 delicious places to eat here.