Head of Mathematics

Crown Hills Community CollegeLeicester

Dear prospective applicant, 

Thank you for expressing an interest in this key vacancy at our college. 

In the top 12% of schools nationally, Crown Hills Community College blends a 70-year history of inclusive education with an innovative, forward-looking approach to providing a state education like no other to 1,500 students from inner city backgrounds.

The School now seeks to appoint an exceptional individual to work alongside the second and third in faculty, who together comprise the Maths Leadership Team. The Maths Head of Faculty is involved in all areas of school life but takes the lead on maths across the college in all year groups. This is, therefore, an exciting opportunity to play an integral role in developing the School’s vision and for enhancing the quality of education for our students. We have 1500 students in total.

To be successful, the appointee will possess a proven track record of providing excellent outcomes for students and developing staff along the way to improve the quality of education. We are looking for an adept leader with strong delivery and an ability to take staff with them on their journey.  Candidates will be assessed on their understanding of effective strategic leadership and their ability to work with others, including emotional intelligence.

This role will suit professionals with a high level of personal credibility and demonstrable experience in implementing a strategic vision. Outstanding communication skills and the personal authority to build strong relationships with students, staff and parents are essential, as is a deep commitment to the School’s aims and values. 

We have taken a very clear stance on knowledge-first teaching and place an emphasis on memory recall as well as responsive teaching. In order to be successful you need to buy into this pedagogy and practice as it underpins our philosophy and the way the curriculum should be delivered to our students.

I would urge you to read our think- pieces on Curriculum, Responsive Teaching and Assessment before applying at https://www.crownhills.com/think-pieces/

However, we have also taken a clear stance on leadership and the way we lead. You need to have the emotional intelligence to deal with sensitive matters with clarity as well as trusting those around you to deliver and, when needed, have tough love conversations to improve delivery. This all needs to be done within the values of THIRST, as we have 200 staff and 1500 students, so your ability to work with different groups of people in a dynamic environment is paramount, and a key part of the role.

Over the past three years the college has changed significantly not only in its performance but in the way it operates. We are not interested in the OFSTED grade or judgement and it is not something that we use to threaten staff with nor do we use it to set policy. We do what is best for the staff and the students underpinned by a set of clear values and we trust that everything else will take care of itself. I would also like to direct you to the information evenings later on in this letter and to look at our website and the video about what it is we stand for and why you would want to join us - https://www.crownhills.com/join-us/

We have also spent time with staff exploring what it is we stand for and after a school wide consultation have decided that ASPIRATION, COMMITMENT AND SUCCESS are the three key drivers that will support the development of our pupils.

The faculty consists of 10 teachers. It is part of the Discovery Zone which it shares with the Science and Technology faculties. It delivers the AQA GCSE syllabus and follows a two-year Key stage four curriculum. 

Whilst our students make good progress there is still work to do to improve attainment. Below is a snapshot of our results when we last completed a full set of external examinations.

Maths 2019 Validated Data

7-9 21%

5-9 46.5%

4-9 60.0%

Progress 8 +0.39

The successful candidate will be expected to work closely with the second and third in the maths department to ensure smooth day-to-day running of the Faculty and to create and implement strategic improvements in line with the College’s vision and policies. We expect applicants to be committed to equal opportunities, multi-cultural education and team-working.  

The successful candidate must be able to build on the faculty’s relative successes and move it forward. In doing so, you will be able to draw on the expertise and support of Senior Leaders, other Middle Leaders and various colleagues across the school and use its state-of-the-art facilities to effect the necessary changes which we will empower you to make.

The successful candidate will be expected to work with the other Faculty Leaders within the zone to ensure smooth day to day running and to create and implement an annual zone improvement plan. S/he will also work as part of the wider Leadership Group to form and drive vision and policy across the college. 

The successful candidate will not be given a tutorial role but we expect all staff to help students in their wider social and personal education. The successful candidate will be linked to a specific year group to support student achievement.  Crown Hills has a strong commitment to C.P.D.  This is an excellent place in which to further a career in leadership.

We are very clear that the gender, background, colour, poverty, wealth or social status of a child should have no bearing on how well they perform and staff here work extremely hard in trying to close that gap between the different groups of pupils. 

As a Faculty leader this role will require significant strategic as well operational leadership. We are looking for somebody who is innovative, willing to take risks and looking to create educational excellence by leading a team that delivers quality first teaching in the classroom on a daily basis. 

That process has already started and we have removed lesson observations from the appraisal process and linked it to professional development. Currently staff are entitled to ‘visits’ and entitled to a professional 

dialogue to improve their practice. That is a risk we have taken but it is aimed at creating a learning community where teachers can teach and learners can learn without fear.

We want to build a learning community that is built on trust and continuous professional development.  

If you have high aspirations for children from deprived backgrounds and want to support the leadership of excellence by improving pupil outcomes, then we would love to hear from you. 

Please read the attached job description and person specification.  If you are interested in applying, please fill in the application form available on our website: www.crownhills.com.  Please include e-mail addresses of all referees, and e-mail it together with a letter of application (no more than 2 sides of A4, font 12) outlining your skills, qualifications and experience relevant to this post to jamey@crownhills.leicester.sch.uk by 9am on Friday 17th September 2021. 

In particular, please tell us about how you have contributed or developed your curriculum and the success that it has brought about to student outcomes.

Interview dates TBC

We have also organised 2 information Evenings online for your convenience and to ask any questions:

Information Evening 1 – September 2nd @ 5pm

Information Evening 2 – September 13th @5pm

Should you wish to visit the College please contact my PA Jo Amey by email jamey@crownhills.leicester.sch.uk

I look forward to meeting you and receiving your application.

Yours sincerely, 

Mr F Adam


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