Director of Maths
As a Good school with an Outstanding Sixth Form, staff and students at Ridgewood enjoy some of the very best facilities available in the country. We are enjoying a trajectory of continued success and look forward to welcoming a successful applicant who can join us on our journey. We became a standalone academy in 2011, and we are incredibly proud of the progress we have made as a school, having laid strong foundations for further improvement going forward.
Our school motto, ‘Prepare for the road ahead’, represents our belief in preparing our staff and students for their future, not only in terms of academic achievement, but also in terms of the training, enrichment and experiences which make us all model citizens. Our school values – Excellence, Integrity, Teamwork and Enjoyment – underpin what we do and contribute to our ethos in everything we undertake as a school community. We set our standards high and do not compromise, because we believe in the best for everyone.
Ridgewood School celebrated some very strong outcomes for its students once again this year. Summer 2018 saw the introduction of the new 9-1 grading system for GCSE in almost all subjects, along with more hours of examinations and much more challenging assessments. Only 2% of students nationally were awarded the new highest grade 9, but Ridgewood saw 27 students (one in ten of our cohort) achieve at least one of these grades. In total, Ridgewood students achieved 83 grade 9s. Eight students achieved grade 9s in at least six subjects and thirteen students achieved grade 9s in at least three subjects. One in five grades achieved overall by Ridgewood students were awarded at a 7 or higher (or equivalent in GCSEs measured on the old grading system). In our Sixth Form, all of our Year 13 students spent two years working towards new more rigorous A levels. They saw their hard work pay off as they secured university and apprenticeship places of their choice. 31% of all A level grades were A* or A and one in ten students achieved A* or A in all of their subjects.
The value we place on this crucial role of Director of Maths in our school is evidenced in:
· Pay and status commensurate with a senior role
· Opportunity to be part of our extended Senior Team as an Associate Assistant Headteacher or for an aspiring Director of Maths
· A reduced teaching timetable (50%)
· Professional development designed to enhance and develop your skills and knowledge
You will have access to an exceptional Behaviour for Learning system, driving student progress, alongside a truly outstanding, bespoke CPD programme. Our Maths faculty deliver excellent results year on year at both GCSE and A Level, and students at Ridgewood are enthusiastic about Maths. At A Level, Maths is one of our most popular subjects and both Maths and Further Maths boast outstanding results. The successful applicant who joins this team will be hardworking and highly motivated. The ability to lead a team with vision and determination is also essential. We are looking for someone whose subject knowledge of maths matches the quality of their pedagogy, and whose ambition for their students and staff matches their own desire for success.
We are committed to offering the staff who work at Ridgewood every opportunity to become the best they can be. Our training packages, for staff at all stages of their careers, are second to none. As well as our Hyperion programme, designed to give teachers one-to-one coaching to develop specific aspects of their classroom practice, we also offer a range of individual and group development opportunities, so we can offer our staff a unique opportunity to develop personally and professionally. NQTs and RQTs are supported through their early years of teaching as they embed excellent classroom practice, developing and experienced teachers are prepared for positions of leadership and responsibility, and senior staff are trained to reflect on and evaluate their practice whilst simultaneously developing others. We can match training and development to everyone’s needs and wishes.
Are you a seeking an energetic, vibrant working environment, working alongside supportive colleagues who share your passion for teaching, and a dedicated team of senior leaders committed to whole school development? If so, Ridgewood School is for you.
For full details please contact Frances Hamlet, the Head’s PA, either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by phoning 01302 800482. We welcome visits from potential candidates – please contact Frances to arrange this. Application forms are available either via the TES, the Vacancies link on the school website, or by email email@example.com.
The closing date for this post is Monday 24th September 2018 at midday. .
The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post is subject to an enhanced DBS check.