Head of Computing, Haringey

Closing date:New this week

Highgate SchoolHaringey

Date posted:
Start date: September 2019
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Main salary scale: £35,216 - £55,567
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Highgate is looking for a well-qualified and innovative computing specialist to become Head of Computer Science in this academically selective, coeducational Senior School. The successful candidate will be interested in problem solving, and in ways of making programming accessible to pupils aged from 11 to 18 as part of the School’s curriculum and as part of its extra-curricular offering. They will lead the development and share the teaching of IGCSE and A Level courses; they will also work closely with other departments whose subjects require the manipulation of data. Recent experience of teaching examination classes and evidence of extra-curricular involvement is important. 

The school has in place DfE recognised arrangements for the induction Year and the confirmation of NQT status and has considerable experience of and success in guiding new teachers to qualified status.  For all teachers new to Highgate, regardless of experience, there is a strong and supportive framework of induction to the school.

There are opportunities to contribute to the pastoral and co-curricular life at the school, both aspects of which are valued at Highgate.    

The Curriculum

All pupils have compulsory Computing lessons at KS3 and the curriculum develops pupils’ computational thinking and computer programming skills. We use a range of computer programming languages to teach computational thinking concepts, so candidates should have a good understanding of Python; experience with Javascript, JQuery or Lua would also be useful, but this is not essential. Candidates should be familiar with HTML and CSS for web design.  

Pupils at Highgate currently take the Cambridge IGCSE Computer Science course, though the incoming Head of Computer Science would be asked to consider alternative syllabuses. The two parts of the current specification are the theory of Computer Science and problem solving and programming. Computer Science has been offered at A level since September 2017 and is already very popular.

The department also provides opportunities for pupils to develop their coding skills and creativity in problem solving through extra-curricular clubs and preparation for national computer programming competitions. Highgate pupils have been very successful in competitions featuring the Raspberry Pi and Microsoft Kodu.

The Department

Two senior Mathematics teachers, including the Director of Studies, and the Head of E-Learning support the Head of Computer Science in the delivery of the curriculum throughout the school. The Department is well-resourced; computing lessons take place in purpose built ICT suites.    

Teachers at Highgate enjoy a welcoming, comfortable and exceptionally well-resourced environment and are provided with significant assistance from a range of support staff.  Salaries are competitive.  The school pays the employer’s contribution to the Teachers’ Pension Scheme. 

Mark O’Connor, the Head of Computing (mark.oconnor@highgateschool.org.uk) or James Newton, the Deputy Head (Academic) (james newton@highgateschool.org.uk) are very happy to answer any questions. 




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Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 3 - 19 years
Address: North Road, Highgate, London, N6 4AY, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 20 8340 1524
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Established in 1565, Highgate is now one of the UK’s leading co-educational independent schools, with around 1,700 pupils aged 3-18.

Academic excellence

Academic standards at Highgate remain high, as our most recent exam results demonstrate. In 2018,...