We are seeking to appoint an Assistant Headteacher commencing September 2019. This is a unique opportunity to join a highly successful school as part of a supportive and very hard working Senior Leadership Team. Established as a brand new school in 2002, we moved into our award-winning £30 million accommodation in 2005. The school is located within easy reach of central London via the District Line and yet just minutes by car from the Essex countryside.
The post is open to all aspiring Senior Leaders, specialising in any subject area, who have a proven track record of raising attainment and experience of delivering effective pastoral care. Potential candidates should demonstrate a significant commitment to real inclusion and to working in a challenging urban environment. The school’s most recent OFSTED report described the school as good with outstanding leadership and governance and outstanding spiritual, moral, social and cultural provision; this judgement was reinforced at our last Section 8 inspection in November 2017.
In 2017/18 JRCS achieved another set of excellent outcomes at both KS4 and KS5. The school’s Progress 8 score was 0.28 which again placed us well above national average. At KS5 our academic progress score was 0.04 and one of the best in the borough with an average A Level grade of a very strong C+. Our vocational progress score was 0.69 with an average BTEC grade of Distinction*. On both measures, JRCS is one of the best in the borough. Our Sixth Form continues to work in partnership with four other schools in order to deliver the highest quality post-16 education pathways for our students. We were recently awarded an Alps Certificate of Outstanding Progress which places us in the top 20% of Sixth Form providers nationally.
Also, to cap an excellent year at JRCS, in April 2018 we found we had been nominated for the Pearson Teaching Award School of the Year – Making a Difference. Following a visit from the judges in June, we were informed we had made it to the finals in Central London in late October. At the finals, Michael Morpurgo, renowned children’s author, presented us with this prestigious national gold award. We are very proud to be the Pearson School of the Year 2018.
We pride ourselves on being a truly inclusive school and this is actively underpinned by our motto ‘Success for All’. Academic rigour runs alongside a commitment to extra-curricular activities and we offer our students a wide range of opportunities to pursue their studies both inside and outside the classroom. Our extensive range of extra-curricular activities, together with trips to Rome, Berlin, France, Borneo, the WWI trenches in Ypres, skiing in the USA, and our highly regarded Duke of Edinburgh programme, is second to none and ensures all students get the chance to extend their academic, social and cultural experiences outside of the classroom.
The school prides itself on providing staff with the most appropriate and effective support to ensure that their professional development needs are fully met and that there is a high level of challenge in the opportunities they are offered. Wednesday afternoons are devoted to CPD and the school has a very strong record of developing staff; nearly half of the Heads of Department and Heads of Year joined the school as NQTs, as did two members of the Senior Leadership Team. Please visit the “join us as a member of staff” page of our award-winning website to learn more about what makes JRCS such a special place to work.
We actively encourage potential candidates to visit our school and have set aside two afternoons for this purpose: Wednesday 20th March, 3.00pm – 5.00pm and Thursday 21st March from 2.00pm – 4.00pm. If you do wish to visit, please contact Margaret Stone either by email email@example.com or by phone 020 8270 6428.
Please log onto our website www.jorichardson.org.uk for further details about the school, this post, a link to our recent Ofsted report and the application process itself. All applications should be made online by clicking the ‘Apply Now' link.
JRCS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be required to apply for an enhanced DBS disclosure.
Closing date: Midnight on Sunday 24th March 2019.
Interviews: Monday 1st April with shortlisted candidates from Day 1 being invited back on Tuesday 2nd April 2019.
Executive Headteacher: Ges Smith
Head of School: Lisa Keane
Patron: Rt Hon Baroness Betty Boothroyd
Castle Green, Gale St, Dagenham, Essex, RM9 4UN