Head of Design & Technology, Abingdon, Oxforshire

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Larkmead SchoolAbingdon, Oxforshire
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Start date: January 2019 or 1st September 2018 by negotiation
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: MPS/UPS + TLR2 (currently £4,397.00)
Contract term: Temporary
Suitable for NQTs: No

Head of Design & Technology Department  

Contract: Full-time – temporary for one year or permanent contract for a suitable applicant.
Start Date: January 2019 or 1st September 2018 by negotiation
Salary: MPS/UPS + TLR 2 £4,397.00

Responsible to: Head of Technology Faculty

Larkmead School is seeking to appoint a highly motivated and inspirational teacher of Design and Technology. The successful applicant will join a strong team and work with the Head of Faculty to develop teaching and learning across all age ranges and abilities in this 11-18 school.

The successful applicant will be able to engage and inspire our learners to become confident and creative individuals with a passion for Design and Technology. Applicants will teach the subject throughout Key Stages 3 – 5, ideally offering any combination from Resistant Materials, Electronics & Mechanisms or Graphic Products at GCSE and be required to teach Product Design at A Level.

It will be essential for the successful applicant to demonstrate the capacity, and experience, to make a real contribution to the work of this supportive and collaborative faculty. Faculty staff form a hardworking and professional team, who have a relentless focus on ensuring all students have a wide ranging and enjoyable experience within the faculty. Technology is a very popular option choice and students achieve outstanding results at both KS4 and KS5. 

This role would be suitable for an established teacher who is ambitious and would like to progress to the next stage of their career. If you are looking for a new challenge, come and join our thriving and forward-thinking Technology Faculty and play a key role in providing quality education to our students.

As the successful candidate you will be:

  • a qualified D&T teacher who is always looking to develop; 
  • confident teaching across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5
  • passionate about all aspects of D&T; 
  • committed to making a difference to young people’s lives; 
  • a team player with excellent communication and inter-personal skills. 

We offer:

  • an excellent programme of induction and training which seeks to provide an excellent foundation for career progression; 
  • a forward thinking environment which recognises the benefits of considering flexible working patterns.
  • a friendly, caring, supportive and collaborative team environment.
  • a professional environment dedicated to Teaching and Learning with a supportive, dedicated and hardworking staff.


We believe that everyone can achieve. We value diversity and want every student to realise their potential and to recognise that their potential has no limit. We create positive learning spaces, where students and teachers learn together: each challenging the other to get better and better at what they do; each having a voice and being actively supported in the running and decision making of the school.

A sense of “community” is essential to the school and our motto “one community, individual minds, creating futures” embodies this concept. Our community is built on responsibility. It has been built with our students who are responsible for such tangible symbols as their own uniform and a school flag. 

Student performance has a significant place in our school life. It was therefore affirming to be told, in the Ofsted Report, that “the values of tolerance, respect and fairness are woven throughout the school”.

This year our at GCSE, we did very well against all schools nationally with Positive Progress Score which put us in the top half of all schools in Oxfordshire.

At A-Level, however, we have truly excelled. We appear in the Top Five State Schools for attainment which is sorted by the Average Point Score (APS) of each candidate. It is to our great credit that we are also in the Top Five State Schools for progress. There is only one state school in the top five in both categories and that is Larkmead School.

Closing date: Noon Monday 18th June 2018    

Interview date: Thursday 28th June 2018     

Start date: September 2018/January 2019

If you would like to apply for this position, please download the Vale Academy Trust Teaching Staff Application Form from our website http://www.larkmead-school.com/vacancies/

Completed applications should be sent by email to office.4125@larkmead.oxon.sch.uk by the closing date of noon on Monday 18th June 2018.

Larkmead School is a member of the Vale Academy Trust. The Trust and its schools are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share in this commitment. All post holders in regulated activity are subject to appropriate vetting procedures and a satisfactory Disclosure and Barring Service Enhanced check.

All staff will be expected to promote fundamental British values.



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