Director of Learning - Science and Technology, Isle of Wight

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Cowes Enterprise CollegeIsle of Wight

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Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale Points 7 - 11 (£46,430-£51,234)
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Director of Learning – Science & Technology

Salary: Leadership Points 7 - 11

Closing date: Midday on Tuesday 23rd April 2019

Start date: September 2019

Cowes Enterprise College is a wonderful place to work and develop as a teacher.  We are excited about you coming to join our team! 

This is a fantastic time to join the Academy.  This year we celebrated our strongest ever results, now well above the national average, with 50% Grade 5+ in English and Maths. 

This role offers an exciting opportunity and challenge for a high calibre, versatile and enthusiastic leader to join and lead a strong and successful Science and Technology faculty.  We are fortunate to have cutting edge facilities here in our purpose built and highly inspirational building.  

For September 2019, the Academy has been awarded a substantial grant of over £100,000 which we are able to dedicate to STEM delivery across the Year 7 and 8 curriculum, partnering Science and Design Technology with CECAMMs, the Island’s multimillion pound Centre of Excellence for Composites, Advanced Manufacturing and Marine. This will see our Year 7 and 8 students embarking on a dynamic and exciting STEM offer which will blend theory in the classroom with practical learning linked to the maritime industry and will culminate in the students designing and building a boat. 

We are able to offer an excellent package of support and benefits for the right candidates:

• A generous relocation and/or recruitment package for the right candidate.

• Join a talented Science and Technology faculty.

• students who are a pleasure to teach.

• a strong culture of professional development in this aspiring Teaching School.

• superb, state-of-the-art facilities.

• an Ofsted ‘Good’ school with high standards and high expectations.

• collaborative opportunities from Ormiston Academies Trust.


This is a key leadership role in the Academy. The successful candidate will need to be:

• A qualified teacher, able to deliver consistently good and better lessons across the age-groups of the Academy

• Ambitious to develop the potential of our students 

• A competent leader, able to take responsibility for the leadership of this department

• A good colleague, who can work with the other members of the Science and Technology faculty and the wider staff in the best interests of our students and the Academy

All teachers at Cowes are expected to participate fully in the wider life of the academy as form teachers and we welcome involvement in extra-curricular activities. Teaching staff are required to meet the core standards within the framework of the Professional Standards for Teachers in England. There is an effective system for the performance management and professional development of all staff.


About our academy

Cowes Enterprise College is part of the Ormiston Academy Trust.  Our mission is to become the Trust that makes the biggest difference, both inside and outside the classroom. 

We strive every day to create an education that sees the young people of Cowes and the community beyond get the very best, not just in an academic sense but also in developing the skill set, confidence, attitudes and aspirations that will provide the catalyst for sustained success throughout their lives. Our ambition is: 

• To empower students to become independent and confident with the self-belief that they can influence change. 

• To provide the support and guidance to teach them skills they will need in adulthood.

• To encourage and develop in all members of the academy, the Ormiston Academies Trust core values of:

 Anyone can excel

 Enjoy the challenge

 Share what is best

 Be inclusive


Cowes Enterprise College is located in the internationally famous town of Cowes on the Isle of Wight. Cowes boasts both a fantastic quality of life and significantly lower house prices. Our academy is also highly commutable from the mainland as it is situated just minutes from the fast passenger ferry link to Southampton. 

Cowes sits at the northernmost point of this popular tourist destination. It is widely regarded as the world’s premier yachting centre and hosts the oldest yacht club in the world – the prestigious Royal Yacht Squadron. It has excellent transport links to Southampton (car ferry and high-speed catamaran) and to the other towns on the Island. Southampton is just over an hour away by train from Central London and is served by an airport that has regular scheduled flights to a wide range of airports.


How to apply

The closing date for all applications is Tuesday 23rd April 2019.

Please enclose a letter of application of no more than 2 A4 sides, explaining your interest in this post and why your qualifications, professional experience and knowledge, professional expertise and personal attributes are relevant to this appointment.  Please apply via the TES website or send your completed application and covering letter to Donna Harrison, HR Officer and PA to the Principal; at dharrison@cowesec.org or by post to Cowes Enterprise College, Crossfield Avenue, Cowes, Isle of Wight, PO31 8HB.

Interviews will be held from Monday 29th April 2019. 

For further information or the opportunity to talk to the Principal, Rachel Kitley by telephone or to visit the academy and discuss this post, please contact:

Donna Harrison, HR Officer at dharrison@cowesec.org or call +44 1983 203103.

For more details about Cowes Enterprise College, visit our academy website: http://www.cowesec.org

Cowes Enterprise College is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A full enhanced DBS Clearance Certificate will be required and relevant prohibition checks will be completed as applicable.




More about Cowes Enterprise College
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 19 years
Address: Part of Ormiston Academies Trust, Crossfield Avenue, Cowes, PO31 8HB, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1983 203103
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