Head of Faculty: English
Salary: TLR 1b (£9,272)
Required for September 2018
Closing Date: 9am Monday 19th February
Interviews: Thursday, 22nd February, but we reserve the right to interview before the closing date.
Our Vision: JCoSS is an academic, aspirational learning community, known and respected for our pioneering spirit, our humanity and our excellent outcomes.
Our Ethos: If you think you know what working in a Jewish school might be like, be ready to think again. Our outward-looking and pluralist Jewish ethos combines an embrace of open-minded values with a deep love of the varied riches of Jewish tradition. The staff and leadership team includes different faiths, and none, at all levels, and the school has a culture of purposeful good humour and humanity. We are a faith school like no other.
Our Results: We have a track record of excellent academic results. In 2017 43% of GCSE grades were at A*/A or 9-7, and well over a quarter of our students achieved eight A/7 grades or better. We have averaged +0.5 for Progress 8 in the three years so far (0.6 in 2017), and were a Top-100 non-selective school nationally in 2015. At A level 66% of grades were at B grade or better, and 80% of vocational outcomes at Distinction or better; our first full cohort secured several Oxbridge, Medicine and Vet Science places, with the great majority going to Russell Group or Top 25 Universities, the picture of offers is even stronger for our second cohort. We have consistently achieved a high ALPS Grade 2 at both KS4 and KS5.
Staff Benefits: We appoint on potential as well as experience, and we are committed to supporting staff development. Several non-teaching colleagues have trained with us as teachers; our rich CPL programme includes full induction for new staff including NQTs, NPQH/SL/ML programmes and financial support for MA courses, Action Research projects and many other opportunities. Additional responsibilities are always considered for suitable candidates and we offer NQTs employment for the last few weeks of the summer term. Our admissions policy includes priority places for the children of all staff.
Our Location & Community: The school is in beautiful new £48m buildings overlooking the Green Belt. It is easily accessible from Northern, Piccadilly and Overground rail links and buses run past the entrance. We attract students from eloquent and supportive communities across North London and Hertfordshire. We are planning an expansion in response to over-subscription.
This Role: The vacancy arises due to the relocation of the current post holder to an international appointment. The role of Head of the English Faculty is one of the core positions of academic leadership in the school, and English is one of the most conspicuously successful subjects at both GCSE and A level. We scored ALPS Grade 1 at GCSE in 2017, indicating progress equal to the best in any school nationally. The Progress 8 figure for English was 1.0, with striking success for students at all levels of prior attainment. Numbers are strong at KS5 also, where we offer English Literature, and Language & Literature, and regularly score ALPS 2-3. The Faculty has real strength in depth and is calm, collaborative and collegial: the fifteen members (12 FTE) have a huge breadth of experience, and include several colleagues with school leadership roles as well as a Second and Third in Faculty. Literacy has a high profile across the curriculum and numerous events and initiatives celebrating reading, writing and public speaking enrich the lives of students. It is a team with a rich intellectual life which enjoys a high profile across the school.
JCoSS is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all its staff and volunteers to share this commitment. All posts are subject to satisfactory enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) clearance.
For information, including an application pack, please click 'quick apply' or to arrange a confidential conversation, please contact Lara Samuels on email@example.com or 020 8344 2220
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