Head of Design and Technology, Barnet

Closing date:

The Totteridge AcademyBarnet

Date posted:
Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Competitive
Contract term: Permanent

The Totteridge Academy is a secondary school in North London with 535 students in Years 7-11 and a new 6th form opening in 2020.

We provide a high quality education in a safe, caring, and focused environment. We teach skills and knowledge, enabling our students to become responsible, well-rounded citizens, equipped with the tools to make effective choices for their futures. We pride ourselves on our inclusive environment with a rich and nurturing culture. We celebrate our differences whilst standing together as a united learning community.

Our aim is to be the most improved school in London in the next 3 years. After a significant jump in GCSE results over the past two years, we are looking to continue this upward trend. Our school philosophy of kaizen (continuous improvement) enables our students and staff to aim high at all times so that every individual can attain his or her best. We celebrate and are proud of the achievements of all of our students, valuing individuality and nurturing happy, confident, and hard-working young people.

We have high expectations at The Totteridge Academy and reject the view that success in life is pre-determined or that our talents are fixed. We improve through practice; calm, focused classrooms led by knowledgeable, passionate teachers.

The Role

The Totteridge Academy is under new leadership and joined United Learning in October 2016. This position provides the ideal opportunity for an ambitious and dynamic teacher with vision to help shape an ethos of care, respect, high achievement and challenge. The recent Ofsted inspection in March 2019 graded the school ‘good’ overall and ‘outstanding�� in the effectiveness of leadership and the behaviour, personal development and welfare of students. The final report included the following comments about the school:

  • A harmonious and peaceful learning environment
  • Every parent who was surveyed said that they would recommend the school
  • The behaviour of pupils is outstanding
  • The school is led by an inspirational principal supported by a strong and effective leadership team


Over the last two years, results have increased dramatically from 40% to 69% of students gaining 5+ good passes including English and Maths. Our Progress 8 score has improved from -0.45 in 2016 to +0.41 in 2018.

As Head of Design and Technology you will be responsible for the teaching and learning, student outcomes, and continuous development of the department. You can also expect to play a strategic leadership role in the academy’s future as this is a position we feel is crucial to the continuation of our transformational journey. The leadership team at The Totteridge Academy strongly believe in giving autonomy to outstanding middle leaders and are always open to creative and innovative ideas.

About You

We are looking for an exceptional leader to join our team. If you are an outstanding design and technology teacher looking for an opportunity to develop an excellent department within a rapidly improving school, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

At The Totteridge Academy we believe that the best teachers and leaders are continuously striving to improve. We are committed to developing our people and, as part of the largest group of academies and independent schools in the country, we offer unrivalled professional development and career progression.

This is an exciting time to join The Totteridge Academy; if you share our high expectations and are passionate about making a difference then we look forward to receiving your application.

United Learning

Totteridge Academy is part of United Learning, a large, and growing, group of schools aiming to offer a life changing education to children and young people across England.

Our schools work as a team and achieve more by sharing than any single school could. Our subject specialists, our Group-wide intranet, our own curriculum and our online learning portal all help us share knowledge and resource, helping to simplify work processes and manage workloads for an improved work-life balance.

As a Group, we can reward our staff better: with good career opportunities, better pay, benefits, and ultimately, the satisfaction of helping children to succeed. We invest in our staff wellbeing. Our academies each have at least eight INSET days per year (with three of those solely dedicated to planning), and an ongoing group-wide wellbeing programme. It's an ethos we call ‘the best in everyone’.

To Apply

Please apply online by clicking on the following link https://unitedlearning.current-vacancies.com/Jobs/Advert/1578552
Where teaching is better shared

The Totteridge Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all who work at the school to share this commitment.  Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).The Totteridge Academy is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all who work at the school to share this commitment.  Successful applicants will be subject to an enhanced disclosure through the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).

United Learning comprises: UCST (Registered in England No: 2780748. Charity No. 1016538) and ULT (Registered in England No. 4439859. An Exempt Charity). Companies limited by guarantee. VAT number 834 8515 12. Registered address: United Learning, Worldwide House, Thorpe Wood, Peterborough, PE3 6SB.

Job location

More about The Totteridge Academy
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Address: Barnet Lane, Barnet, London, N20 8AZ, United Kingdom.
Telephone: +44 20 8445 9205
employer gallery photo 0
employer gallery photo 1
employer gallery photo 2