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Director of Learning for Science

Director of Learning for Science

The Leigh UTC


  • Expired
Leadership Scale commensurate with experience
Job type:
Part Time, Permanent
Start date:
1st January 2018
Apply by:
9 October 2017

Job overview

About the role: To strengthen our already skilled department even further, we are seeking to appoint a Director of Learning for Science to join and lead the faculty from January 2018 - this is a unique opportunity in that we can offer it on a part-time working basis which we understand to be rare at this leadership level. We are looking for an inspiring and energetic leader with a real passion for Science. You will be a motivated, enthusiastic and driven individual who has the skills and determination to make a significant difference to the lives of our students. The remuneration offered will be on the Leadership Scale inclusive of London Fringe Allowance and will be commensurate with your experience.  For an overview of the role, please consult the Job Description and Person Specification.

Recent Ofsted success!  The Leigh UTC was recently judged as Good with Outstanding Leadership in our first inspection since opening.  Our key successes and features that our successful candidate can be part of are as follows;

•    The promotion of pupils’ personal development and welfare is outstanding.
•    Pupils, including the disadvantaged and those who have special educational needs and/or disabilities, catch up from previous underachievement and make strong and often rapid progress in a range of subjects and disciplines.
•    Application to learning is often exemplary.
•    The Leigh UTC makes a real difference for its pupils and surrounding area. Pupils become motivated to find and follow their passions. They leave well equipped to succeed in engineering and related technical and design careers and contribute to the economy.
•    The Principal, with his leaders and staff team, model a high-quality working environment. This rubs off on pupils, who value the supportive ethos, work-like atmosphere.

What we will expect of you: Our appointed candidate will successfully lead this pivotal department for our UTC.  You will play a key role in inspiring the staff in your department as well as our students with your outstanding leadership.  We will also expect you to successfully plan and deliver outstanding lessons on a daily basis that challenge our students and significantly advance their learning.  We anticipate you will achieve this by being passionate about your subject and transferring your knowledge in a creative and efficient way in the classroom.  

About The Leigh UTC:  Having opened in September 2014 with state-of-the-art facilities, The Leigh UTC provides an exciting, innovative, business-led, problem-solving curriculum throughout Key Stage 4 and 5, enabling students to achieve relevant work-related qualifications and transferable skills for future training or employment. The project-based approach develops a deeper understanding of real issues and creates life-long real world learning in a 21st century engineering society.  The most unique feature of The Leigh UTC is its business ethos that are emphasised by our students' behaviours and supported by our sponsors. 

The Leigh UTC has a clear vision to be a distinctive education provider for outstanding STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) learning.  Our newly built centre of excellence will enable up to 600 young people from the region to learn from a personalised curriculum, which emphasises the practical application of academic and vocational learning. Through our specialisms we will raise standards across the UTC, expecting all students to excel.  We will develop the next generation of ‘world class’ engineers by inspiring them passionately through a diverse curriculum delivered by a combination of Higher Education sector staff, Business entrepreneurs and UTC staff.

About Inspiration Academy @ The Leigh UTC:  Opening in September 2017, the mission of the Inspiration Academy is to develop curious, academically-skilled young people from Year 7 to 9 (Key Stage 3) who aspire to be principled, compassionate learners.  Through a rigorous, broad and balanced personalised learning programme, with a focus on science, technology, engineering and maths, the Inspiration Academy will afford its students the experiences, skills and values that will prepare them not only for examination courses within The Leigh UTC, but also for career pathways and global competition in the 21st century.  Our curriculum strives to create students who are self-motivated, competent, willing to take risks and lifelong learners.

The academy is committed to safeguarding children and successful candidates will be subject to an Enhanced DBS check.  Our commitment to safeguarding is underpinned by robust processes and checks which are in place across the Trust.

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About The Leigh UTC

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  • The Leigh UTC
  • The Bridge Development, Brunel Way, Dartford
  • Kent
  • DA1 5TF
  • United Kingdom
+44 1322 626 600

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At The Leigh UTC, we create opportunities for meaningful collaboration for staff, we provide a respectful working environment and we encourage innovation from every member of our team. Our Principal, Governors, teaching and support staff believe wholeheartedly in creating opportunities for lifelong success for our young people and believe that exam success is just one aspect in achieving this. We deliver amazing experiences for students whilst not compromising on outcomes. Our teamwork allows us to be greater than the sum of our parts - join us to achieve more than you thought possible.

Curriculum is king and we do things a little differently to other schools or colleges because we believe the most effective way to educate our students is to make our learning more hands-on. With the International Baccalaureate Middle Years programme (MYP) at KS3, GCSEs at KS4, and A-levels, T-levels and the International Baccalaureate Careers Programme (IBCP) at KS5, our ambitious curriculum offer caters for choice, leading the vast majority of students into STEM-related careers or courses.


Mr Kevin Watson


  • Removing barriers and providing opportunities to achieve academic excellence for all.
  • A ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • Creating successful, independent and respectful young adults with high levels of integrity.
  • Developing resilience throughout all members of the organisation.
  • Community focused and outward facing.
  • Continuous improvement and innovation.


Leigh Academies Trust is a non-profit making charitable company limited by guarantee, based in Dartford, Kent. The Trust exists to support and assist schools to build upon their existing strengths and to help them achieve rapid educational transformation. It has significant experience in running schools, and today includes both sponsored academies and schools which have chosen to convert to Academy status.

The Trust was formed in 2008 with the linking of the Leigh Technology Academy and Longfield Academy under one governing body. It encompasses 9,000 students between the ages of 3 and 19 in 13 primary, secondary and special academies.

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