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Head of Faculty: Humanities

Head of Faculty: Humanities



  • Expired
TLR1.2 (£9,478), MPS or UPS + Outer Fringe Allowance
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
Easter or September 2018 start
Apply by:
23 January 2018

Job overview

This is a fantastic opportunity for a dynamic, innovative and inspirational Head of Humanitites. 

Leventhorpe is a successful, oversubscribed Business and Enterprise Academy with keen and respectful learners. It was rated “Outstanding in all 5 categories” by Ofsted in 2012. In June 2012, we were awarded National Support School status and we are also an accredited Teaching School Alliance, currently a partner in the Alban Teaching School Alliance. Leventhorpe is also the lead school for School Centres Initial Teacher Training within the Bishop’s Stortford Educational Trust (BSET).

Humanities is our largest faculty comprising of Geography, History, RS, Citizenship, and Government and Politics. The successful candidate will therefore have strong leadership skills and be full of energy and enthusiasm for their subject. The successful candidate will also be an enthusiastic and talented teacher and leader of Humanities who will be fully committed to academic excellence and the vision to ensure that all students achieve their full potential. Our new Head of Faculty must be able to lead and inspire staff and students alike. Infectious enthusiasm, an engaging personality, a creative approach to the delivery of the curriculum area and attention to detail are essential.

The successful candidate will:

  • have a passion for teaching and learning;
  • be an innovative and strategic thinker with vision and ideas;
  • be an excellent practitioner;
  • lead by example and act as a strong role model;
  • have a positive, can-do attitude with staff and students;
  • be able to demonstrate exceptional leadership and management skills;
  • have a proven track record of achieving outstanding student attainment through own practice and by leading other staff;
  • be an effective team player and value every aspect of the life of the school;
  • have effective interpersonal skills with the ability to inspire students and staff;
  • be an active learner, who constantly strives to improve, with the desire to progress.

In return, Leventhorpe can provide:

  • excellent facilities. In recent years, Leventhorpe has experienced an intensive capital build programme, including most recently a £6 million new sports complex (sports hall, fitness suite, dance studio, all-weather pitch and floodlit tennis courts), £1 million Learning Resource Centre, re-modelling of Design & Technology facilities, and £150k annual investment in ICT provision. To accommodate our expanding roll, a further £7M investment is planned to include a new state-of-the-art performing arts block alongside a brand-new science and sixth form block;
  • a positive working environment in a heavily oversubscribed school with an excellent academic record and high standards. We place strong emphasis on student learning and achievement;
  • exceptionally dedicated colleagues and enthusiastic students;
  • first rate personal career development with high local and regional profile through our National Support School status and Teaching School work;
  • subsidised Nuffield fitness gym membership;
  • priority admission for children of staff after a qualifying period.

This is an exceptional opportunity to fill a key role in a forward-thinking and dynamic school.

Please apply by letter and application form which can be found on our website. Applications should be sent to Mrs Wendy Shannon, HR Manager either by post or by email to 

Closing date: 12 noon, Tuesday 23rd January 2018. 

Interview date: Wednesday 31st January 2018.

We welcome informal visits by potential applicants. 

Leventhorpe is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of young people, and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. A DBS disclosure is required for all successful applicants.

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About Leventhorpe

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  • Leventhorpe
  • Cambridge Road, Sawbridgeworth
  • Hertfordshire
  • CM21 9BY
  • United Kingdom
+44 1279 836633

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Leventhorpe School is an outstanding mixed, 11-19 secondary school and sixth form in the historic market town of Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire. The school became a Business and Enterprise Academy in August 2011. The intake at age 11 is drawn mainly from the pleasant and prosperous towns of Sawbridgeworth and Bishop's Stortford and from the surrounding villages. Demand for places in the school is very high with around four applications for each place. A good number of students travel significant distances to attend. In order to better meet the demand for places we have over the last five years expanded the roll from 6FE to 8FE.

Leventhorpe has just completed an extensive £12 million capital build programme including a new Science and Sixth Form block and a state of the art Performing Arts and English block. In recent years investment has included a £6 million Sports Complex (sports hall, fitness suite, dance studio, all weather pitch and floodlit tennis courts).

The school places a high priority on academic achievement as demonstrated at the last full OFSTED inspection when the school was graded “Outstanding” in each of the five categories. All staff are expected to play their role in ensuring the best possible outcomes for each and every student. Pass rates are 100% in nearly all subjects and percentages in the highest grades are well above the national average. Teachers, students and parents place a very high value on behaviour and care which helps to promote a highly cohesive and effective learning community.

Leventhorpe is the lead school for School Centred Initial Teacher Training within the Bishop’s Stortford Educational Trust (BSET) and has strong links with universities. The school hosts placements for trainees in a wide choice of subjects and is a long standing partner school with Cambridge University for PGCE.

Significant investment has been made in staff training to develop approaches to teaching and learning. There is a strong focus on developing high performing teams at different levels in the organisation. This has helped to form a culture with shared visions and values and a constant drive to improve learning opportunities for students.

Subject departments are organised on a Faculty basis. The responsibility for the preparation of schemes of work and for monitoring their delivery lies with the Head of Faculty, overseen by a member of the Senior Leadership Team. The school places a high value on assessment for learning and each student undergoes a termly assessment in each subject.

The school upholds traditional values of uniform, discipline, homework, punctuality and polite behaviour. Each of Years 7 – 11 is organised into mixed ability tutor groups and overseen by a Head of Year who oversees the academic and social development of students as they progress through the school. Form Tutors monitor their form members’ progress and liaise closely with pastoral heads.

In addition, each tutor group is assigned to one of eight Houses: Barnard, Cutforth, Fawbert, Lawrence, Moore, Newsom, Rivers and Wilkins. House Leaders organise a host of lively house events throughout the year such as talent competitions, quizzes and sporting events.

An extensive extra-curricular menu is available to all students. A comprehensive timetable of clubs offers something for everyone, from Rock Band to Astronomy club. A strong emphasis is placed on supporting students not just in lessons but also outside the curriculum. Staff and students' interest and enthusiasm in these groups are high. Music and drama productions are staged frequently and there is a particularly strong tradition of excellence in music. 10% of students are admitted on the basis of musical aptitude. Students are also encouraged to represent the school in a variety of sports.

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