Head of Design & Technology, Northamptonshire

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Caroline Chisholm SchoolNorthamptonshire

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Undisclosed
Contract term: Permanent
Suitable for NQTs: No

Head of Design & Technology

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Caroline Chisholm School was the UK’s first purpose built all-through school which opened in state-of-the-art facilities in 2004. The school is a dynamic, successful and highly over-subscribed academy with over 2000 students on roll, of which 420 pupils are in the primary phase and around 300 students in the Sixth form.

We are seeking a passionate and inspirational Head of Design & Technology in our Secondary phase.

Academic attainment across all phases is consistently above national averages and in 2018, 87% of students obtained the expected standards in reading, writing and mathematics at the end of Key Stage 2. In addition, 79% of students obtained grade 4+ in both English and mathematics at GCSE.

We are seeking a passionate and inspirational Head of Design & Technology in our Secondary phase to be part of our vibrant and successful Design Technology team. The area is currently being extensively refurbished and when complete will be extremely well resourced and will benefit from state of the art, purpose-built facilities. The design technology faculty teaches at KS3, KS4 and KS5. Subjects taught include Graphics, Food, Textiles and Product Design.

Academic results in Design Technology have been strong over recent years with 78% of students obtaining 9-4 and over 20% of students obtaining 9-7 grades in 2018. 

The successful candidate will be expected to motivate and inspire students, staff and parents to develop and promote a culture that challenges students to achieve at the highest levels. The post will be instrumental in moving the school back to “Good” and onwards and upwards towards an eventual “Outstanding” judgement. The post will suit a very ambitious leader who is looking to become a senior leader in the next three to five years. Caroline Chisholm School has a clear ambition to become the highest-performing school in the Northamptonshire area, across all phases.

If you feel that our school ethos fits your ambitions, we would very much like to hear from you. This position is available from September 2019, however, an earlier start date or earlier may be possible. Applications from both NQTs and more experienced practitioners are welcome.

The school is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. This post will be subject to an Enhanced DBS Disclosure. All applications should read the school’s Child Protection and Safeguarding Policy (which is available on our website) and are required to declare any information, as requested, on the online application form.

Visits by prospective candidates prior to submitting an application form are welcomed. 

Closing date for this post is noon on Friday, 22 March 2019.

Interviews are likely to occur on Thursday, 28 March 2019.


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More about Caroline Chisholm School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: All-through with sixth form
Funding status: State - Academy
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 4 - 19 years
Address: The Wooldale Centre for Learning, Wootton Fields, Northampton, Northamptonshire, NN4 6TP, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1604 669200
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Caroline Chisholm School is a very successful, oversubscribed “all through” school serving students from the ages of 4 to 19. The school has an impressive track record of academic success, but also provides a caring and supportive environment for stu...