Director of Learning - Maths, Kent

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Wilmington AcademyKent

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Start date: 28th August 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Leadership Scale (+ London Fringe Allowance) commensurate with experience
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Wilmington Academy has a rare and career-defining opportunity for an exceptional practitioner to join us from September 2019. Mathematics carries significant weight in the national performance indicators, the role Director of Learning for Maths consequently warrants a high profile position within the school, and we believe that our offer reflects this.  Overseeing all staff within the department including TLR holders, you will be responsible for securing the best possible outcomes for our students and leading the team to achieve this.   We expect all of our students to be challenged, to be inspired and to achieve beyond expectation; this will be your focus.

We invest heavily so that staff have ongoing access to weekly high-quality professional development and a curriculum focused on developing conceptual understanding. Our curriculum is underpinned by research on task design, variation theory, concept development and raising achievement.  We are an IB World School delivering IB Standard Level Maths studies, A-Level Maths and Core Maths, and we also deliver the Middle Years Programme - training will be provided to upskill our successful candidate where necessary. 

Our successful candidate will receive:

  • A salary commensurate with the profile of the post.
  • Allocation of leadership days to develop strategic planning.
  • Opportunity to work laterally across a number of Leigh Academies Trust schools to benchmark best practice and to be involved in teaching and learning innovation.
  • Opportunity to work with the Trust Director of Improvement to develop the wider Maths strategy within a highly successful multi-academy trust.
  • A thriving social and community ethos.

We’re keen to hear from you if you are:

  • An excellent teacher with a record of outstanding leadership.
  • Collaborative, building strong professional relationships.
  • Able to motivate and inspire students and staff to achieve their full potential.
  • Energetic and have a ‘can-do’ attitude.
  • Someone who has a measurable impact as an individual teacher and throughout the school.
  • Confident and aspire to senior leadership.

About Wilmington Academy:  Wilmington Academy joined the Trust in September 2010.  The Academy is a highly successful, growing secondary of 1,100 pupils housed in state of the art buildings in a semi-rural location just outside of Dartford.  Rated by OfSTED as Good with Outstanding Leadership and Management, Wilmington offers a calm and purposeful learning environment where students can flourish and succeed.

The hard work, skill and dedication of our talented staff ensure that students at the academy make excellent progress. We offer a wide range of academic and vocational qualifications so that every student can be a success and follow positive progression pathways. Value added puts in the top band for similar schools nationally in Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5 and examination outcomes are among the best of non-selective schools in Kent.

Our success is achieved through teamwork.  Subject teams work closely together to share resources and ideas to achieve the very best outcomes for our students.  We support the Trust model of small schools within a school, so that no student is left behind.  Vertical tutor groups, an excellent pastoral programme underpinned by a strong moral purpose helps students to develop into responsible, well-educated young adults who are ready to take their next steps in life.  A large proportion of our students go on to University and high level apprenticeships.

We aim for excellence in everything we do and have received recognition at regional and national level for our work.  We are forward thinking and outward facing, constantly striving to advance and improve.  We are very supportive and offer excellent training and development opportunities for staff at the various stages of their careers.  We are a friendly, caring and ambitious community placing the academic progress and welfare of our students at the heart of everything we do.

Being part of Leigh Academies Trust:  As of 1st January 2019, our Trust is comprised of 23 geographically organised academies (11 secondaries, 11 primaries and 1 special) educating over 15,000 students, and employing over 2,500 talented staff.  We also have three further academies in development phase, due to open in September 2020.  The Trust is establishing four ‘clusters’ of academies: North West Kent; Central Kent; South East London; Medway. In addition, the Trust is responsible for one of the region’s biggest initial teaching training providers and a large teaching school. 

As part of Leigh Academies Trust you will have ample opportunity to collaborate with your peers both within the academy and across the whole Trust.  This is an important part of our vision as we know through experience that we perform better when we work together.  You are supported to undertake regular self-development to continue your professional development and hopefully progress further within the organisation.

We strive to offer a range of benefits that all employees can take advantage of which we regularly review and add to - click here to view what you’d receive as a member of staff with Leigh Academies Trust. 

Click here for a glimpse of what life is like working for Leigh Academies Trust and why we're so proud of what we do.    

Diversity at our core:  As a Trust we are passionate about diversity and recognise that as individuals we all bring something unique to the role regardless of age, gender, race, beliefs or disabilities which is why we treat all of our people equally, without compromise.

We require all staff within the Trust to complete an enhanced DBS check as part of our on-boarding process in order to safeguard our students.



More about Wilmington Academy
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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Non-denominational
Address: Common Lane, Wilmington, Dartford, Kent, DA2 7DR, United Kingdom. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 1322 272111
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Wilmington Academy is a mixed, non-selective 11-19 secondary school with sixth form, situated in Wilmington near Dartford in Kent. There are 840 students on the school roll, 100 of whom are in the sixth form. Wilmington Academy is part of Leigh Acade...