Working at Warwick Academy
Warwick Academy, Bermuda is a thriving independent co-educational International Baccalaureate (IB) World School accredited with the Council of International Schools (CIS) and catering to students from Reception Year through to Year 13 (ages 4-18). The school offers the International Early Years Curriculum (IEYC) in the Reception Year, the UK National Curriculum and International Primary Curriculum (IPC) from Year 1 to Year 9, IGCSE/GCSE examinations in Year 11 and the IB Diploma Prorgamme (DP), IB IB Career-related Programme © using BTEC subjects, IB Individual Subjec5ts (Certificates), and a Dual Enrolment Programme with Bermuda College in the Sixth Form. In addition, the school has vibrant Co-Curricular Programme including Music, Drama, Sport, and Community Service programmes and a variety of Clubs. At present the school consists of some 850 students and 125 staff.
Annual I/GCSE 'pass' rates average around 90% grades A*/9 to C/4. In 2022 the IB Diploma pass rate was 100% with a points average of 34 and IB Individual Subjects achieved a 100% pass rate. College and University placements are taken by 96 – 100% of each graduating class with their main destinations being the UK, Canada, & the USA.
Our Staff Culture
- We support a nurturing environment which promotes camaraderie and collaboration.
- We believe in a strong work ethic that values dedication and professional behaviour.
- We strive to build relationships that foster happy and positive staff.
- We promote open communication which encourages honesty, integrity, respect and transparency.
- We value people who are creative independent thinkers and are passionate about lifelong learning.
- We expect the best in all that we do.
Working at Warwick Academy
Warwick Academy was founded in 1662. It is said to be the longest continually operating school (that has remained on the same site) in the Western Hemisphere and celebrated its 350th anniversary in 2012. The land for the school was donated by the Earl of Warwick. The present School Library occupies the site of the school's original classroom. Unfortunately a great deal of the school’s history was lost at the beginning of the Twentieth Century when the Board’s Secretary, who was also a ship’s Purser, took all its records to be bound in New York. The ship sank in New York harbour!
Board of Governors and School Leadership
There are normally 8 to 15 Board members. New members, when required, are appointed by the existing members. Their powers stem from The Warwick Academy Trust Act 1922 and the Warwick Academy Act 1982. The Board members are trustees of the property. The current Board Chair is Mr. Colin Smith.
Mr. David Horan is presently the Principal since his appointment in September 2016. He chairs a Strategic Team made up of leaders from the Primary and Secondary School.
Until 1962 Warwick Academy was traditionally a school for white children. The Board then decided to integrate the school and for many years now the School has enjoyed a student population which mirrors the racial composition of Bermuda - 65% black, 35% white. Portuguese and expatriate children, largely from North America and the UK and a few from further afield are to be found also within the school community.
Originally a private school, Warwick Academy operated as an 11-17 selective, co-educational secondary school in the Bermuda public education system in 1972. It had status as a selective Grammar School in this period.
In 1990 the Bermuda Government indicated that it intended to reform the public system of education, removing selection and embracing a 3-tier system of primary, middle and secondary schools. It saw Warwick Academy's future as a middle school within these new arrangements.
The Warwick Academy Board of Governors had a different vision and, after prolonged discussion, decided to return the school to its private status. It originally intended to do this in 1992 but, following talks with the Government, delayed the change of status until 1995. Warwick Academy did, however, open a private Primary School in September 1992. A Capital Campaign was then established to raise an Endowment Fund to provide bursaries to help able children from poorer backgrounds to attend the Secondary School. About $5 million in cash and pledges was obtained for this purpose.
Initially, the Board aimed for a 1-form entry in the Primary (Year 1 to Year 6) School and a 3-form entry in the Secondary (Year 7 to Year 13) school but the pressure for places at the Primary level has forced it to accept a 2-form entry in Year 1 to Year 4. In 2015 the school incorporated a Reception Year programme into the Primary School and moved their Secondary School main point of entry into the Primary School at Year 5 resulting in a 3-form entry in the last two years of Primary. Presently there are 385 students in Primary and 475 students in Secondary. A Sixth Form was included into the Secondary School in September 1999, for students aged 16-18 years and there are currently 110 students housed in Barber Hall (a purpose built facility).
Warwick Academy occupies 22 acres of land, including a harbour-side plot alongside the Great Sound of Hamilton. The school is an attractive blend of the old and the new, retaining the ‘old colonial’ style in which it was originally conceived and which is the predominant style on the island. It has also been developed around quadrangles. The campus, by way of examples, includes a Marine Science Facility on our harbour-side plot, a large assembly/performance standard Hall, Physics, Chemistry, and Biology laboratories, a Library, a Design & Technology workshop, an Art room, a Food & Nutrition cooking facility, dedicated Drama and Music rooms, a STEM Collaboratory, Learning Enrichment spaces, a number of Computer Science rooms, a 25 metre heated Swimming Pool, playing fields, a Sports Hall, and a Weights Gym. There is a stand-alone Reception Year building as well as Barber Hall which is dedicated as our Sixth Form base. The entire campus is covered by Wi-Fi which enable our Brick2Click laptop initiative for the Secondary School.
Curriculum & Co-curriculars
Building on three centuries of excellence, Warwick Academy aims to continue to provide a quality education relevant to Bermudian and world demands. In addition to the academic curriculum described below (External Examinations) the school has a music specialism which includes a full Orchestra, senior and junior Concert Bands, a String Orchestra, a Jazz Band, Choirs and an Electric Strings ensemble. Drama occupies a distinct part of life at the school with major productions in both the Primary & Secondary Schools as well as a smaller Key Stage 3 production for budding dramatists. Sports are supported through an exciting activities programme built into the school day, as well as high-performance swimming and football programmes which provides considerable balance for the students.
During Years 10 & 11 the school is geared to the International General Certificate of Secondary Education (I/GCSE) operated by the Cambridge International and Edexcel. In Years 12 & 13 (ages 16-18) students follow options withing the International Baccalaureate (IB) and BTEC programmes as well as a Dual Enrolment option with the Bermuda College.
There are currently 130 staff. More than half of the staff are Bermudians with the rest coming from the UK, the USA, South Africa, Canada and a variety of other countries.
Warwick Academy in Bermuda
The school has a long tradition and an established reputation. It is particularly respected as a well-integrated school. It boasts a fine academic record and a strong co-curricular programme, including sport, music, drama, the Duke of Edinburgh's Award and a host of other activities.
Staffing and Curriculum Development are seen as highly important and significant funding is allocated annually to it. Endowment Funds to further develop Staff Professional Development and retention, has been established alongside a similar fund to further bolster bursary and scholarship support and a Capital Campaign to improve the condition of the older parts of the school. At the curriculum level the school seeks to embed its current programme successfully into the school, to explore means of improving general knowledge, especially internationalism, to expand the usage of modern technology for teaching purposes and to develop critical thinking and problem-solving throughout its syllabuses.
Strong commitment is expected from staff in the pursuit of the school's mission statement.
Please note that candidates offered an interview will have access to more detailed information, including a full draft contract which details all employment conditions.
Bermuda has a population of about 60,000. The island has an integrated community of which about 65% of the people are black. In addition to the original white population there is a significant proportion of Portuguese (Azorian) in the remaining 35%. In recent years there has been a growing 'expatriate' population of North American, British and other nationalities as international business has gained a strong foothold. Bermuda is one of the top three centres for 're-insurance' in the world and the industry continues to expand. Warwick Academy is also very well integrated, reflecting all of the above sectors of the population in similar proportions to their presence on the island.
Whilst there is no formal income taxation, you can expect to lose approximately 17% of your salary, mainly to benefits. The stoppages include - a 'Payroll Tax,' (this is a small island-wide tax, based on salary level but not exceeding 5.5 %); 'Social Insurance,' (a government pension); 'Health and Dental Insurances' and your Pension contribution (5%). You can opt to pay more into the pension scheme (up to another 5%). As the employer, Warwick Academy contributes 5%. https://forms.gov.bm/Payroll-Tax-Estimate
The cost of living in Bermuda is high. Expect to pay more than the UK/North America for your food (just about everything is imported). Clothing can be expensive, reasonable prices are available during 'sales,' although many individuals shop for such items whilst on trips overseas. There are plenty of 'house sales,' as people continually leave the island at the end of contracts. Household goods can be acquired very reasonably at these sales.
House or apartment rental will be your biggest expense. A studio or one bedroom apartment can usually run $1,500 to $2,500 per month. Larger accommodation could range between $2,500 to $4,300 per month. The school helps in finding initial accommodation - but not with the cost. $1,800 per bedroom is the 'rule of thumb' for describing the rental costs of properties.
The school would pay for your initial flight and eventual return. If married, it would also cover the cost of the spouse's fare and up to two children (The island's Immigration Department will not allow more than two children to the island). There is also a 'settling in' allowance of $1,000 for single people, $1,500 for married couples. It is expensive to ship furniture and electrical goods (the electrical provision is a different 'wattage' to the United Kingdom - thereby requiring adaptors, but compatible with North America), and there would be duty to be paid. These items can be obtained quite readily and inexpensively on the island. There is no guarantee that a spouse will be able to work. Individuals are not allowed to bring partners into the country to whom they are not married. All posts have to be offered to Bermudians in the first instance and only offered overseas when there are no suitable, local candidates. Whilst the island tends to produce a fair number of Primary teachers, there are fewer trained to teach at Secondary levels.
When living in Bermuda you are limited to one car per household. In order to obtain a Bermuda driving licence you will be required to take a test. A foreign driving licence will not suffice. Bikes (50cc - motorised) and motor scooters are popular. The island is about 22 miles long and less than two miles wide at its widest point. Public transport by bus and ferry is good and frequent.
All teaching jobs are subject to permission being granted by the Department of Immigration and can only be offered on three year contracts. Unless there have been problems in post, or unless an appropriately qualified and experienced Bermudian national applies for your job, permission is sought to renew at these intervals. Whilst permission will have already been granted to fill this post from overseas, when selected, you (and your family, if applicable) have to supply information for Immigration. This process can take about three months.
Bermuda has a favourable climate. The temperature rarely drops below 50 degrees Fahrenheit and for most of the year is between 70 and 90. Humidity can be high, however, in July, August and September, in particular. The sea and beaches are first class and outdoor activities abound, especially swimming, sailing, scuba diving, snorkelling, fishing and other water sports as well as football, cricket, golf, rugby, cycling, athletics, triathlon and tennis. There is a lot of history on the island and a wealth of cultural events and activities to enjoy.
In accordance with the Bermuda Department of Immigration, first preference will be given to suitably qualified and experienced Bermudians, spouses of Bermudians, and Permanent Residents.
Whilst we might not have any current positions available that fit your skills and experience, to be considered for a future position please email your current CV/Resume to: The Principal's Secretary, Mrs Deborah Hassell, email@example.com
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