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Sawbridgeworth, Hertfordshire

  • Expiring soon
£87,527 - £101,158 pa
Job type:
Full Time, Permanent
Start date:
Required from September 2018
Apply by:
22 January 2018

Job description

The Governors are seeking a dynamic, inspirational and compassionate leader, who is committed to securing the highest standards of learning, teaching and leadership at the school.

Leventhorpe is a successful, oversubscribed Business and Enterprise Academy with keen and respectful learners. We were 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, currently a partner in the Alban Teaching School Alliance. Leventhorpe is also the lead school for School-Centred Initial Teacher Training within the Bishop’s Stortford Educational Trust (BSET).

Our new Head will be joining us at an exciting time in our development when we are expanding our roll from 180 to 240 PAN due to demand for places at the school. To accommodate this increase, we are further developing our facilities to include a new state-of-the-art performing arts block alongside a brand-new science and sixth form block. These new facilities will represent a further £7M investment in the school. Previously, Leventhorpe has experienced an intensive capital build programme including sports facilities (sports hall, fitness suite, dance studio, all-weather pitch and floodlit tennis courts) and Learning Resource Centre. 

Our new Head will willingly adopt the vision and ethos of Leventhorpe, but won’t be afraid to challenge and question the status quo. We are looking for someone who not only has the vision and professional qualities you would expect, but who is also approachable, empathetic and charismatic: someone who takes a genuine interest in our students and providing an inclusive education, which is at the heart of the community.

We can offer you:

  • a highly supportive and ambitious Governing Body;
  • a talented, committed and loyal Staff and Senior Leadership Team;
  • enthusiastic and ambitious young people who are keen to learn;
  • a well maintained and high-quality teaching and learning environment with an intensive capital build programme planned;
  • a strong financial position;
  • 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;
  • an exciting location in Hertfordshire, close to the Hertfordshire/Essex border, with London, Cambridge, Chelmsford and Hertford all readily accessible. We are well-served by road and rail links and Stansted Airport.

For more information about the school, please visit www.leventhorpe.net 

If the exciting opportunities provided by our Headteacher post in our very successful and growing school interest you, then we would like to meet and talk with you, and welcome your application.

We welcome daytime visits to experience the school at work, by appointment with Jackie Moodie, Clerk to the Governing Body. Please telephone 01279 603156 or email JCM@leventhorpe.net

Please apply to Wendy Shannon, HR Manager by letter and application form which can be found at: http://www.leventhorpe.net/information/career-opportunities.aspx 

Applications can be sent by post, or by email to WAS@leventhorpe.net 

Closing date: Noon on 22nd January 2018. 

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), £1 million Learning Resource Centre, re-modelling of Design & Technology facilities and £150k annual investment in ICT provision.

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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