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Head of Computing Studies

Kew House SchoolChiswick/London

Kew House School was established with the conviction that there existed an opportunity for a different kind of independent secondary school in London – academically demanding but with a forward-thinking approach to selection criteria, the flexibility of the curriculum, the shape of the school day, and recognition of creativity and talent. It is an extraordinary school, and we pride ourselves on the support and care we extend to our 600 pupils.

Kew House School is seeking to appoint a well-qualified, inspirational teacher of Computer Science to teach throughout the school, including GCSE and A Level, and to lead and further develop a flourishing department in both its curricular and extra-curricular activities. This is an excellent opportunity for a suitably experienced and talented Head of Department or a teacher seeking to move up to a management role and to join the school at an exciting time in its development.

The successful candidate will be required to teach their subject from key stage three through to sixth form. The candidate will have the vision, drive and creativity to take the department forward, raising students’ standards of achievement to the highest levels, through good teamwork, excellent management of the department and inspirational leadership. The candidate will be expected to communicate professionally with parents and represent the ethos of the school.

The successful candidate will assist in staff training and development and maintain an oversight of the school’s digital strategy. Attendance at staff meetings and other specified after-school events will form a part of the contractual hours of duty.

All students in Key Stage 3 (Years 7 & 8) benefit from a solid grounding in Computing, including knowledge of coding, software packages, e-safety and problem solving. Our GCSE programme commences in Year 9, with students beginning the groundwork for practical programming and developing an increased understanding of computing fundamentals (systems, hardware, software, networking, etc).

Kew House School have an excellent IT Operations team who are always willing to help and work with the Computer Science department to meet rapidly changing requirements. The IT infrastructure which includes a fibre broadband connection, cloud-based services (SaaS), Office 365, and Frog (VLE) virtual learning environment. There are two purpose-built rooms, in which the lessons are timetabled and there is also an iPad trolley available for classrooms. The airconditioned IT Lab has high-end desktop PCs along with its  own server (HP ProLiant ML350), HP switch, and patch panel to create a local VLAN to use for website testing/hosting and networking. The lab is modelled on a Cisco networking learning environment and has a SMART (4K) interactive whiteboard, and all teachers are given laptops which can be docked in the rooms.

Applications installed on the network include Python (IDLE), Small Basic, VB.Net, Virtual Box, and Hyper-V. The latest Microsoft Office 365 is also installed, and all teachers can have a free copy, which they can download on up to 5 devices at home. There is a class set of Raspberry Pi computers, a Lego Mindstorms kit, and a number of MiroBot kits.

For further information about the role and how to apply, please visit our website via the Apply button.

Kew House School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and questions will be asked at interview to assess the suitability of the candidate to work with our children. All appointments are subject to a satisfactory Criminal Record (DBS) check.

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