Assistant Head of Social Sciences (Humanities), Essex

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Harwich and Dovercourt High SchoolEssex
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Start date: September 2018
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS plus TLR2A (£6,450)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

We are seeking to appoint an inspirational leader with an excellent track record of raising attainment. Humanities is part of a thriving Social Sciences Faculty where History, Geography, RE, Sociology, Psychology, Child Development and Health and Social Care are taught. It is a strong team with a track record of success and passionate about creative, engaging teaching and learning. The ethos is one of high expectations with a wide variety of exciting enrichment activities in place. The personal development of staff is a priority.   


This is an exciting opportunity to join in the leadership of a successful team who are committed to continued development and improvement. Social Sciences are very popular subjects at all key stages with outstanding results for students of all abilities. The quality of teaching and learning is good. This is an exciting opportunity for an existing Head of Department looking to progress further into middle management. We would also welcome applications from experienced teachers who may not have middle management experience but are exceptional practitioners looking to progress quickly into middle management. The ability to teach a second specialism within Social Sciences is highly desirable. The vacancy has arisen as a result of the promotion of the current postholder.   

The successful candidate should:  

● Be an outstanding classroom practitioner  

● Have excellent  interpersonal skills with the ability to establish strong relationships with all stakeholders 

● Be enthusiastic, self-motivated, committed to further professional development and have the drive and energy to enthuse staff and students 

● Be creative, innovative and experimental in classroom practice 


The school is a rapidly improving school, rated as Good by OFSTED.  Harwich and Dovercourt High School is an 11-18 Academy with 1200 students.  It belongs to The Sigma Trust which is a partnership of 7 schools located in North East Essex covering both Colchester and Tendring. It incorporates schools that share the same mission, vision and values and have a strong history of working collaboratively.  


The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of all our students and all posts are subject to enhanced DBS checks.  


Deadline for applications: Monday 19th February Interviews: Monday 26th February  

Please submit your application to Pennie Grew via email to pennie.grew@hdhs.school or by post to Harwich and Dovercourt High School, Hall Lane, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex CO12 3TG.   

You can download an application pack from our website www.hdhs.org.uk/vacancies.    



We reserve the right to close the post before the date stated above once sufficient applications have been received. We therefore advise that you submit your completed application form as soon as possible.



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Address: Hall Lane, Dovercourt, Harwich, Essex, CO12 3TG, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1255 245 460